On March 13, 2015, Boryspil, Educational Complex "Gymnasium “Perspective” – primary school”.
In the framework of the Swiss-Ukrainian Initiative “Development of Citizenship Competences in Ukraine” (DOCCU) a seminar-training for the heads of local educational authorities took place.
The Initiative is aimed at:
The project 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).
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 training was started by a chief expert of the Swiss-Ukrainian Initiative Natalia KLOKAR, the Head of Education and Science Department of Kyiv Region State Administration, Doctor of pedagogical sciences, Professor, who is also the author of trainers’ training program for secondary schools headmasters and teachers. The chief expert stressed that development of citizenship competences was an important factor and a precondition for democratic changes and reforms in a Ukrainian society.
Throughout the world, education is recognized as one of the foundations for democracy and a unique powerful tool to perform the task of society democratization.
During the theoretical part Natalia Benderets, a Vice-Rector for International Relations and ICT (KRISTTI), candidate of pedagogical sciences, presented main stages and forms of project implementation.
Alexander Poltavtsev, the Head of Education Management Department, PhD, described the basic concepts and principles of education for democratic citizenship and human rights education.
The training was held by master-trainers: Natalia Benderets and Alexander Poltavtsev, senior 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:
The participants practiced interactive learning technologies, debated actively and discussed in groups advantages and risks of democracy. During the training friendly atmosphere and positive attitude dominated.
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