October 23, 2023, 16:02

Adaptation programs and specialist training: how to solve education issue in de-occupied territory

An educational component is a part of the general approach to the resumption of state activities in the de-occupied territory. In particular, a road map needs to be developed, which should also include the development of separate educational programs for children who have lived for a long time in the temporarily occupied territory.

Olha Kuryshko, Deputy Permanent Representative of the President of Ukraine in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, made this statement, during an event at BrainHub, the country’s main discussion platform, at Media Center Ukraine – Ukrinform.

“These should not be general programs that are currently being taught in the controlled territory. These should be adaptation programs that include and take into account the circumstances in which the children lived and studied throughout this period,” she explained.

Olha Kuryshko also emphasized that an important aspect in this matter is the training of specialists who will provide training in the de-occupied territories.

“On October 17, the Cabinet of Ministers adopted the procedure of the formation of educator personnel reserves, it is such a new, fresh (procedure – Ed.), and I am very much looking forward to the results of this procedure at work. This is precisely the formation of a personnel reserve of those teachers and educators who will set off to work in the de-occupied territories. To work, while overcoming the consequences that the actions of the aggressor state led to, is certainly a very big challenge,” she added.

In addition, Olha Kuryshko noted that the work on steps towards cognitive de-occupation has begun. To this end, a working group has been created on the basis of the Office of the Representative of the President of Ukraine in Crimea. It includes about 40 representatives of state authorities, independent experts, and representatives of NGOs.

“Cognitive de-occupation is more than education, as it is designed to bring people back to the educational socio-political space in Ukraine-controlled territory. This is a series of measures that should overcome this gap that has occurred over the course of nine years,” explained Olha Kuryshko. 

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