FCG International has launched implementation of the project Finland’s Support to the Ukrainian School Reform. Project is implemented in partnership with Helsinki University Centre for Continuing Education HY+ and Helsinki University Faculty of Educational Sciences. This six million Euros project is funded by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland and it runs until July 2022.
Nation-wide secondary school reform “New Ukrainian School” was introduced in high-level conference opened by the president Petro Porošenko on 21 August 2018. Project implemented by FCG International and Helsinki University supports the implementation of the New Ukrainian School Concept, and the Finnish expert team was introduced in the conference.
The project aims to improve quality of education and citizens’ perception of Ukrainian education.
This will be achieved through three clusters:
· Cluster 1: Teacher Preparation – preparing primary level teachers for the new competence-based curriculum
· Cluster 2: Education Promotion – raising awareness of the education reform and changing perception of education
· Cluster 3: Education Environment – development of learning materials, focusing on digital learning materials.
First Steering Committee assembled on 22 August, chaired by the Minister of Education and Science of Ukraine Ms Liliia Hrynevych. “Finnish Program has been a long-waited initiative. There is a strong political will to support the programme”, minister said.
The Finnish expert team is led by the Chief Technical Adviser Mr Arto Vaahtokari, Senior Lecturer from the Teacher Training School of Helsinki University. “Development of the education system of one of the biggest countries in Europe is interesting and challenging task. I have been delighted to see how committed Ukrainian colleagues are to reform school system of the country”, Mr Vaahtokari describes his impressions after one and half month working in Ukraine.
Official Kick-Off Conference of the project will be organized after the completion of the Inception Phase in the beginning of the year 2019.
Chief Technical Adviser Mr Arto Vaahtokari participated in panel discussion in occasion of introduction of “New Ukrainian School” concept.
Minister of Education and Science Ms Liliia Hrynevych chaired the first Steering Committee meeting of the project
Aija Niskanen ( ), Aug 28th 2018