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The Foundation and MoES started preparation for the admission campaign 2019 in Kramatorsk

Dec. 17, 2018, 7:22 a.m.

The Open Policy Foundation and the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine, as well as representatives of the Donetsk Regional State Administration, the Department of Education and Science in Kramatorsk summarized the results of the admission campaign 2018 and launched the preparations for the campaign 2019. The event organizers: the Open Society Foundation and the Donetsk RSA with the support of UNICEF.

“The number of children and young people from non-government controlled areas of Ukrainian who require restoration of educational certificated is increasing from year to year. According to the Educational Cluster, there were 55 thousand such children in 2016, and 76 thousand, already in 2017,” said Executive Director of the Open Policy Foundation Iryna ZHDANOVA during a press briefing ‘The results of the admission campaign 2018 for entrants from Donetsk Oblast and opportunities for admission in 2019.’ “Therefore, we see how important it is for those young people to enter Ukrainian universities, colleges and vocational schools using a simplified procedure.”

Summing up the admission campaign 2018, speakers noted the steady increase in the number of entrants from the non-government controlled areas of eastern Ukraine, along the “contact line,” who entered the Ukrainian universities through the “Donbas-Ukraine” Educational Centers (EC) using the simplified procedure.

“Altogether, 1 522 graduates from east entered the universities of Ukraine through the “Donbas-Ukraine” Educational Centers using the simplified procedure; it is twice as many as in 2016. Thus, there were 855 students in 2016 and 1346 students, in 2017,” said Svitlana KRETOVYCH, Deputy Director of the Department - Head of the Sector of Relocated Higher Educational Institutions of the Department of Higher Education of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine. “It is already known that in the next year the “Donbas-Ukraine” Educational Centers will work from June until the end of September.”

“It's nice to mention the positive dynamics of this year's admission campaign,” added Iryna ZHDANOVA. “In 2018, 1 142 entrants from east entered the Ukrainian universities through the ‘Donbas-Ukraine’ Education Centers. In total, for three years, 4 317 entrants from east and Crimea entered Ukrainian universities, colleges and vocational schools using the EC ‘Donbas-Ukraine’ and ’Crimea-Ukraine’.”

Iryna ZHDANOVA also emphasized that for three years, within activities of the Open Policy Foundation and with the support of UNICEF and MoES, a “hotline” on education has been available during the campaign. According to the Foundation’s Head, this year they received one and a half times more calls than last year (more than 12 thousand calls from the beginning of the year, and about 1 700 of them were from eastern Ukraine and Crimea). In the midst of the admission campaign, only for one day, the consultants received a record number of calls - 559. Among the most common questions were the restoration of education documents, admission requirements in 2019, whether it will be possible to use the simplified system to enter education institutions including vocational schools in 2019, benefits for children from families of ATO veterans and IDPs, distance education and external studies, transfer to a vacant state-funded place, inability to use the rural coefficient because of the registration in NGCA and others.

According to Olena MAKARENKO, Deputy Director of the Department - Head of the Department of Vocational Education, National Education and European Integration of the Department of Education and Science of the Regional State Administration, in 2018, in the Donetsk region, 622 children from NGCA received certificates for the 9th grade distantly and 746 children from NGCA received these documents without attending classes personally. Ukrainian certificates (Grade 11) were given to 202 graduate students from NGCA who studied distantly, and 638 young people from NGCA received education without attending classes personally. “We are ready to continue cooperation with the Foundation not only in support of the Educational Centers and an information campaign but also in improving the qualifications of teachers and universities staff together establishing cooperation with the Donetsk Institute of Postgraduate Education,” Olena MAKARENKO said.

The informational campaign was presented separately. Iryna ZHDANOVA told how much efforts the Open Policy Foundation made in this area. In 2018, more than 2 million Ukrainian residents including those from non-government controlled areas of Ukraine have been covered by the Foundation’s information campaign.

The Foundation's team, together with MoES and the Donetsk RSA, distributed information materials on admission opportunities for young people from non-government controlled eastern areas (postcards, posters, banners, audio and video clips with the status of social advertising) These materials were available at entry-exit control points, the Educational Centers, in the Intercity train cars and public transport, at facilities of schools, social services, pension funds, employment centers, as well as on television and radio. The information campaign is supported by UNICEF and also by the Embassy of Lithuania in Ukraine, UNHCR, Ukrzaliznytsya, the State Border Guard Service and others.

“Right now, we are going to an entry-exit control point, where we will place a large banner with information about the admission campaign 2019,” said the Foundation’s Head. “In order to disseminate as much information as possible about the possibilities of entering through the simplified procedure, we annually develop, with the help of MoES and the support of UNICEF, step-by-step instructions (on paper and video) to make it easier for school graduates to be oriented. For the first time in 2018, we have developed a step-by-step instruction how to enter the vocational school, as the number of calls to the Foundation’s “hotline” was increased from the 9th grade graduates and their parents.”

All the necessary information for joining education institutions and preparing for SFC and IEE is available on the Foundation's “Available Education” website dostupnaosvita.com.ua. It consists of free video tutorials, road maps, instructions and more. Registration is not needed. Since the beginning of 2018, the site has had 72 900 visitors and 292 000 views.

During the briefing, Iryna ZHDANOVA presented new information products 2019 the Foundation created with the support from MoES and UNICEF, and she noted that the Open Policy Foundation continued to work on the development of innovative education.

“We launched a new ‘Let's OPEN GREEN STREAM!’ program to provide access to innovative education for children, teachers and educators who have been affected by the conflict. So far, with the support of the Lithuanian Embassy, we have conducted trainings on project management, fundraising, communication strategy, information campaign and innovative technologies for 137 teachers, educators, representatives of the “Donbas-Ukraine” Educational Centers, vocational schools, institutes of postgraduate pedagogical education from 51 cities and villages of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions.”

The press briefing was also attended by Valentyn TARASOV, Head of the Sector on Science and Higher Education of the Department of Education and Science of the Regional State Administration, and Tetyana TURKA, Associate Professor of the Department of Methodology, Mathematics and Informatics at the Donbas State Pedagogical University, the Head of the “Donbas-Ukraine” Educational Center.

After the press briefing, the representatives of the Foundation and MoES went to the entry-exit control point, where they disseminated new information products and visited the “Donbas-Ukraine” Educational Centers.


Information materials of the Foundation

2019: https://www.dropbox.com/.../8jlonc.../AADit_3J2raU2ZbqYhkgQ-jWa...

Success stories about the entrance of graduates from Eastern Ukraine and Crimea:


Success stories of entrants from Eastern Ukraine and Crimea:


Simplified Procedure of the Vocational School entrance 2018


The Admission Campaign 2018 for entrants from Eastern Ukraine (available in the Intercity train towards eastern Ukraine)


You can find more information at openpolicy.org.ua, dostupnaosvita.com.ua, mon.gov.ua


“Hotline” Phones of the Open Policy Foundation:

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+38 097 904 71 91 (Viber/Telegram/WhatsApp)

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+38 099 345 20 76 (Viber / Telegram / WhatsApp)

+38 097 983 65 31 (Viber / Telegram / WhatsApp)

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Monitoring of the press briefing in Kramatorsk

The website of the Donetsk Regional State Administration:


The Anti-crisis Media Center of Kramatorsk:


Donechchyna TV:




The Donetsk city website:







The Admission Campaign 2018 for entrants from eastern Ukraine (for a demonstration in the Intercity train cars running eastward)


A simplified procedure to enter a vocational school in 2018


Success stories of entrants from East and Crimea


Success stories on the entry of graduates from East and Crimea



The Foundation and MoES launched the preparation for the admission campaign 2019 in Kramatorsk. Press-briefing 28.11.2018