The world is globalizing, and education turns more global as well. Ukrainian teachers need the latest educational approaches and theories for their own professional growth.
Global Dignity Day was established by Haakon, the Crown Prince of Norway and co-founder of the Global Dignity organization. Since 2015, our team has led the Global Dignity Day in Ukraine. In September 2020, Oleksandr Elkin was appointed the national chairperson of the Global Dignity organization in Ukraine.
One of the key elements of this day is a dignity lesson in schools in the form of discussions. In classroom and outside them, students explore their own dignity and learn to respect other people’s dignity.
In many schools, the Dignity Day may last for several days, weeks, or even a month, but mostly it ends on December 9, the International Anti-Corruption Day.
EdMandry (EdTrips) is a program for educational trips to other countries in search for successful cases: theory, practices, and local changes.How it was in Sweden
getting to know the country’s education system prior to the trip
creating the education embassy in one’s school by implementing new knowledge
selecting proactive educators for the trip who can implement the knowledge they will gain
searching for friendly schools/colleges in other countries
crediting at least 80 hours of professional development for the EdTrip
In February 2018, Finnish experts Esa Sinivuori, Kaisu Helminen, and Dmytro Naumenko from Lumo Education company that trains teachers across the globe arrived in the village of Trudoliub village, Poltava region. Within one week, they helped the school audit their strengths and weaknesses, held several open lessons and trainings, and consulted educators on developing their own program of the school improvement.Visit Trudoliub
After the experiment, the school in Trudoliub has turned into an education mecca for teachers. School teams from all around Ukraine come here to learn new impressions and practices.
Social, Emotional, and Ethical Learning (SEEL) has been developed by the international research and science team of Emory University in Atlanta, USA. SEEL has grown from the works of Daniel Goleman on emotional intelligence and the best social and emotional learning (SEL) curricula from around the globe. It has been inspired by the education of the future concept put forward by the 14th Dalai Lama. SEEL offers a comprehensive academic curriculum.
The SEE Learning has been tested by over 500 teachers in America, Europe, and India. A comprehensive research of the program’s efficiency is up and running. Ukraine, together with the U.S. and Columbia, where SEE Learning is implemented nationwide, has become part of this global research.Use SEEL in your school
We organized the first ever live conversation of the Nobel Peace Prize winner, the 14th Dalai Lama with Ukrainian viewers, which took part on Oct. 20, 2020. The idea first sprang in February 2019, when our delegation went on EdMandry to Little Tibet in India.
We befriended our Tibetan colleagues and managed to present Dalai Lama’s opinions on education, peace, and human coexistence to Ukrainian people. For 13 days, we accepted questions by Ukrainians on the event page, and then posed them to Dalai Lama during the live event and discussed in three follow-up online discussions.
We translated the course titled “Coaching Teachers: Promoting Changes that Stick” from Coursera Into Ukrainian. It helps educators develop skills of observing their colleagues for further use of their experience for the development of them both.
The course includes video lectures, learning materials, and tests. It was developed by American researcher Orin Gutlerner. In the United States, teacher coaching is immensely popular with educators: they can count on those colleagues who visit their lessons and help them draft their personal development plans.
The course is offered at Coursera
SIMschool simulation games on human rights have been developed together with German CRISP NGO that creates such games for various sectors. These games were created using the Ukrainian context and help students learn about human rights in accessible terms and in interesting format and become active society members.
15 teachers and 5 members of NGOs who were trained by CRISP have developed and tested similar games with advisory support from CRISP, and now present these games and approaches on an ongoing basis in schools for other educators.Download the manual
In cooperation with Civil Peace Service Ukraine – GIZ our team was joined by Austrian expert and political analyst Jakob Fürst. For two years, Jakob provided expert support to SEE Learning introduction and other initiatives in peace and understanding, as well as helped the team with organizational development and educational materials. The position within the organization remains, and starting January 2022, we are ready to welcome a new adviser — Fabio Sand.
Youth Debates is a German-Ukrainian project aimed at developing communication skills and critical thinking. The project now runs on its own thanks to our partner, Internationales Haus Sonnenberg, and the teachers who finished the training in the first year of its running.
Project launched by EdCamp Ukraine