How Pupils Changed Life in Community – Experience of Dnipropetrovs’k Region

On September 11, 2018, in the Dnipropetrovs’k region, a media expedition ‘How Pupils Changed Life in Community’ was carried out.

This event assembled the field educators and journalists that attended a school in the Slobozhans’ky ATC where, far not for the first time, the pupils have been implementing the projects that are usful for community. These are private arboretum, school radio room, plan for separate garbage assortment, little atelier.

In frame of the event, there was conducted a press-briefing ‘Experience in Introducing Citizenship Competencies at Dnipropetrovs’k Schools’. In the presence of the educators and journalists, the DOCCU experts discussed how the principles of the New Ukrainian School are being implemented in the Dnipropetrovs’k region.

‘Project objective entails the introduction of education for democratic citizenship and human rights education at the classes on different disciplines, in extracurricula and out-of-school work. Teachers and principals trained under the DOCCU framework have improved their professional skills where the best European and local practices are being applied normally. This training is unique since 90% of the time will be dedicated to the practical drills specifically, innovative forms and methods of work. The practical skills acquired in the training are necessary for the development of their professional competences in view of the requirements that the modern educational realia set afore the teachers.

Additionally, I would like to note that the manuals from the ‘Let’s Live in Democracy’ series that were published by the leading European experts and later adapted by the DOCCU experts to the realities of the Ukrainian school were published. Sets of manuals will be shared with all the schools in 8 pilot areas of the Project. We have also developed an educational on-line platform ‘Living in Democracy’ that has practical educational materials in democratic citizenship and human rights education for the teachers, parents, principals and pupils,’ said Natalia Protasova, Project Manager of DOCCU Project.

Within the framework of cooperation with the DOCCU Project in Dnipropetrovs’k oblast, 7000 teachers and principals were trained in the citizenship competence development.