On June 23-24, 2015, there will be the first ever Edcamp in Ukraine. Passionate educators who “care about the future of our children,” as Oleksandr Elkin, a lead organizer put it, have worked tirelessly to bring the Edcamp model of professional learning to their country. The goal is to “make the voice of every teacher heard,” (Maryna Pashchenko, lead organizer) all 150 of the educators who are coming from all around the country, including those who live in the temporarily occupied territory of Crimea and Donbass region, to participate in these days of learning. They are coming from large cities and from small towns, with a wide range of educational experience to share with one another. The two days will include some more standard professional development, but then will host an Edcamp to provide a space for collaboration and learning together.
The initial idea for holding an Edcamp in Ukraine came from Oleksandr Elkin and Maryna Pashchenko of the Educational Producers. They reached out to the Edcamp Foundation and were given support as they developed their plans for the Edcamp portion of the day. They then successfully found support from a wide variety of sources, including Maryna Poroshenko, the First Lady of Ukraine. They also received a letter of support the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine, signed by the deputy minister responsible for school education. They also gained support from the Embassy of the United States in Ukraine, from the Global Shapers Community, which is an initiative of the World Economic Forum, as well as from Microsoft, Google and Intel in Ukraine.
Listen to the goals of some of the organizers in Ukraine:
- Olena Malakhova, Сoordination of volunteers, “We understand that stay put is a step backward”
- Kateryna Roshchyna, Fundraising genius, “We want to restore the prestige of the teacher profession.”
- Alina Opanasenko, Powerful PR and promotion, “We are convinced that the teachers are the best agents to promote changes in schools”
Good luck in hosting an incredible Edcamp! We look forward to following this new Edcamp, as it brings new empowerment and community to the teachers in Ukraine.