Children can be more than we used to think: the presentation of the site «Living Democracy»

On February 13, the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine held the presentation of the website «Living Democracy». It is an international educational resource in which teachers can search for materials for teaching children rights and freedoms on a European scale. The platform «Living Democracy» will help to change the system of school education in Ukraine and adapt it to the modern needs of children. Today the site works not only in Ukraine, but also in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Greece, Kosovo, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Switzerland. The basic principle of the training materials presented on the platform is the idea that education for democracy should prepare students for active participation in school life and in a social environment.

Mr. Guillaume Scheurer, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Swiss Confederation to Ukraine, said: «In this critical time for Ukraine, Switzerland seeks to contribute to important institutional reforms and to promote socio-economic development, helping to eliminate the causes of the current conflict and overcome its consequences. The DOCCU project is being implemented in Ukraine within the framework of the Swiss Cooperation Strategy for Ukraine for 2015-2018, within the framework of the «Governance and Restoration of Peace» direction. Thanks to this new strategy, Switzerland intends to support the major planned reforms in Ukraine, in the four sectors it has still supported: decentralization, health, energy and economic development.

«Today we work with teachers, students, school leaders, parents and officials. In the context of education reform, we have been actively involved in the development of regulatory and conceptual documents, educational standards. The project is implemented in the system of professional development of teachers. But we also understand that the next important stage of educational reform is the system of training future teachers in the bachelor’s and master’s programs. That is why the project has started pilot training of the first 75 master-trainers for primary school teachers from 18 pedagogical universities and colleges of 8 oblasts of Ukraine since February 26. Also, today we represent an important product of our more than ten years of cooperation – an educational platform that provides practical education materials for democratic citizenship and human rights education», – said Corina Borer, head of the Swiss-Ukrainian project «Development of Citizenship Competences in Ukraine – DOCCU».

According to Rolf Gollob, head of the Swiss-Ukrainian project «Development of Citizenship Competences in Ukraine – DOCCU», professor at Zurich University of Teacher Education: «The student’s desire to develop the necessary competences is supported by three thematic areas: lessons on democracy and human rights; school as a place for living in democracy and the realization of human rights; training in civic activity. The school plays an important role in the life of students. It should ensure conditions for children and adolescents not only to acquire knowledge in the classroom, but also to acquire skills and skills and apply them in real life. Platform developers are convinced that the school should motivate students to be active members of their community and provide them with the tools they need. The materials are in open access for all educators and citizens».