“I have come to believe that a great teacher is a great artist and that there are as few as there are any other great artists. Teaching might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit,” John Steinbeck believed. In this great art, a special place is devoted to nurturing a feeling of commonness, responsibility, and citizenship among the youngsters as well as the adults to make them capable to assert their rights and act in the interest of their community. In this issue of our newsletter, we bring the latest from the realm of education: latest updates from the Global Teacher Prize Award, fresh polling data on the attitudes to teachers and education in Ukraine – but don’t forget top news from USAID/ENGAGE partners and Ukrainian civil society. Spare some time to read our traditional bulletin!
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The profession of a teacher is rightly considered one of the most important, but what do Ukrainians really think about teachers? Osvitoria together with the research company Kantar Ukraine conducted a survey on the role and importance of teachers’ work. Thus, according to Ukrainians, the role of a teacher is to perform professional duties – almost half of respondents (47.5%) think so. At the same time, 46.3% see teachers as mentors who should support students and help them. When asked about the main task of teachers, the majority of respondents indicated assistance to students with the development of their skills (51.5%). The top teachers’ tasks also included encouraging students to study (49.6%), developing abilities and talents (42.5%), as well as creating equal conditions in the learning process (30.5%). But how prestigious is the work of specialists who are faced with these ambitious tasks? The vast majority of Ukrainians are convinced that the work of teachers is important (83.7%), but at the same time respondents consider it underestimated (38.7%). What can be done to fix this situation? The answer is simple – nominate your teachers, colleagues, or those educators who inspire their students by their own example for this year’s Global Teacher Prize Ukraine! Teachers are important!
Alyona Alyona Fans from Lviv Collect 500 Kilos of Sorted Waste
Last Saturday, Alyona Alyona held another signing session for her fans from Lviv during ECOnomize the Planet environmental campaign organized by USAID/ENGAGE and All-Ukrainian Association of Music Events. The event took place at the Metro Cash & Carry waste sorting facility. In total, 140 fans showed up and brought 500 kilos of sorted waste. The next signing sessions will be held in Odesa and Mykolaiv on August 17-18 respectively. Follow the updates on the USAID/ENGAGE and All-Ukrainian Association of Music Events Facebook pages.
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DIF Studies Attitudes of Ukrainians Towards Quality of Education
How do citizens feel about education in Ukraine? Did quarantines effectively protect families from Covid-19? Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation (DIF) together with the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology conducted a public opinion poll about public stance towards secondary and higher education and the impact of the quarantines at school on the quality of education. In your opinion, what is the quality of secondary education?
Center UA Launches “Ukrderzhdovhobud” Information Campaign
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Ukrainian Independence, our partners Center UA started an information campaign “Ukrderzhdovhobud” (Ukrainian State Neverending Construction). The experts will analyze the development of the Ukrainian state through the rises and falls of the six presidents. The kick-off materials covered the most remarkable moments of the tenure of the first Ukrainian President Leonid Kravchuk. Watch the interview with him here.
TI Ukraine CEO Elected to UN Anti-Corruption Coalition
Andriy Borovyk, CEO of Transparency International Ukraine was elected to the Coordinating Committee of the United Nations Convention against Corruption, a global network of more than 350 civil society organizations in more than 100 countries. UNCAC is the only legally binding universal tool to fight corruption in the world that asserts corruption prevention, criminalization and law enforcement, international cooperation, asset recovery and technical assistance, and information exchange. Greet Andriy in the comments to the post by the link.
CPLR Completes First Season of Constitutional TV Show
Center of Policy and Legal Reform has finished the first season of the intellectual TV trivia “New Generation” dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the Constitution of Ukraine where school students competed in their knowledge of the fundamental law. Catch on the final episode of the show to learn who won the Cup of the New Generation.
Zakhyst Creates Video Course on Microsoft and Google Tools for Non-profits
Charitable organization “Community Foundation of Kherson “Zakhyst” presented a video course on digital management created for civil society organizations. The course covers basic issues of Microsoft and Google for Non-profits, their benefits and integration into the operations of non-profitable organizations.
RPR will Hold a Roundtable on the Success of Local Reforms
On July 23, Reanimation Package of Reforms Coalition convenes its regional partners and representatives of the local governments for the event “Success Stories of Local Reforms: How to Implement Changes in Communities”. The partners will present the achievements of local roadmaps for reforms – public action plans to implement change in their cities. The participants will also discuss common problems for all the regions and ways to solve them. Follow the announcements here
Civil Society News
RPR Coalition Elects New Council
On July 15, a meeting of the General Assembly of the Public Association “Reanimation Package of Reforms Coalition” was held. 20 out of 27 CSO members of the Coalition participated. During the meeting, the Assembly elected by secret ballot a new Council of the Coalition. The RPR Coalition Council was elected for a term of one year.
Take a Survey on CSO Communications And Win Valuable Prizes for Your Organization
The Media Growth Agency ABO in partnership with the Public Space platform conducts a survey to assess how CSOs promote their projects, communicate with audiences and produce success stories. The organizers of the study aim to understand the main needs of civil society organizations in the field of communications and to develop effective tools to improve their visibility and efficiency. Organizations participating in the survey will have the chance to win valuable prizes for their organization. The results of the survey will be published on the Public Space website. Responses are accepted until August 12.
Open Call “Implementation of Strategic Plans of Territorial Communities for Environmental Protection”
The International Renaissance Foundation announced an open call for proposals “Implementation of Strategic Plans of Territorial Communities for Environmental Protection.” The purpose of the call is to assist the implementation of local government reform in Ukraine by promoting strategic development plans of territorial communities for environmental protection, which were approved by the councils of the respective communities. Submit your project proposal by August 3, 2021