On March 12, 2015 on the base of the Municipal educational institution of Kyiv Regional Council “Kyiv Regional In-Service Teacher Training Institute” a seminar-training“Development of Citizenship Competences in Ukraine” (DOCCU) was organized.
In the frame of the Swiss-Ukrainian Initiative “Development of Citizenship Competences in Ukraine” (DOCCU) the seminar was successfully carried out for the heads of regional educational and methodological departments. The main idea of the Initiative is to assist Ukraine in creation of proper conditions for the formation of a Ukrainian citizen who is characterized by European values, democratic culture, citizenship, responsibility, willingness to participate actively in public and social life.
It should be mentioned that the project “Development of Citizenship Competences in Ukraine” (DOCCU) is supported by the Council of Europe on EDC / HRE and is carried out by the National Academy of Public Administration, the President of Ukraine (National Academy) and the Zurich University of Teacher Education and its Centre for International Projects in Education (IPE) on the base of the Agreement on technical and financial cooperation between the Ukrainian Government and the Government of the Swiss Confederation. The pilot initiative of the Council of Europe on the implementation of the Charter on education on democratic citizenship and human rights (on EDC/ HRE principles) is aimed at the involvement of local government bodies, headmasters and teachers of secondary educational establishments in the development of democratic society.
The seminar was opened by an acting rector of KRISTTI, candidate of pedagogical sciences, Associate Professor Evhenia Bachynska. She made an introductory welcoming speech where the goals and structure of the training were presented for the participants.
During the theoretical part of the event Natalia Benderets, a Vice-Rector for International Relations and ICT (KRISTTI), candidate of pedagogical sciences presented the Swiss-Ukrainian Project “Development of Citizenship Competences in Ukraine” (DOCCU) and introduced all participants to the stages and forms of project implementation.
Alexander Poltavtsev, the Head of Education Management Department, Ph.D. described the basic concepts and principles of education for democratic citizenship and human rights.The training was held by master-trainers: Natalia Benderets and Alexander Poltavtsev, senior (chief) trainers; Svitlana Miroshnyk, the Head of Education and Psychology Department, candidate of pedagogical sciences; Iryna Bondaruk, the Head of History and Law Department, candidate of pedagogical sciences; Larysa Pietushkova, the Head of Practical Psychology and Social work Department; Olga Boyarchuk, the Head of School Education Department.
The following issues were discussed during the training:
a political cycle model: politics as a process of social problems solving
citizenship competences: key concepts
citizenship competences formation methods
meaning and usage of SWOT-analysis in management.
During the seminar all the participants practiced interactive learning technologies, took an active part in the debates and discussed advantages and risks of democracy.
Friendly atmosphere and positive attitude dominated the seminar.