E. Dzhaparova: "Ukrainian education is one of the most effective ways to maintain communication between the occupied territories and the mainland of Ukraine"
31 March, a press conference organized by the Ministry of information policy of Ukraine and the "Open Policy Foundation", "The opening campaign-2017: Features of admissions from Crimea and Donbas and information support" was held in the news company "Ukrinform".
The First Deputy Minister of information policy of Ukraine, Emine Dzhaparova argued the need to simplify the procedure of entering for the inhabitants of the temporarily occupied territories: "We clearly define for ourselves that the level of distance between Ukrainians in the occupied territories and on the mainland is growing on the daily basis and under such conditions education is not only a good investment in the future, but a platform of what we will return. Ukrainian education is one of the most effective ways of communicating between the occupied territories and the mainland of Ukraine."
The First Deputy noted: "The number show that the desire to receive education in the RF today from the Crimean school graduates is not high. We, therefore, need to take advantage of this situation and continue to simplify the process of admission of applicants from Crimea and Donbas to Ukrainian universities".
Dzhaparova told, that most of Ukrainians are ready for the state to provide educational benefits to children from the occupied territories, including the Crimea: "Ukrainians are prepared to allow the state to discriminate positively, to provide free of charge and to make education as easy as possible for children from Crimea. I think the same applies to Donbas".
The Head of the Open Politics Foundation Irina Zhdanova noted that access to quality education for children and young people from Donbas and Crimea was not possible without distance education. "The simplified procedure is a very important step because the graduates of Crimea and Donbas do not need a Ukrainian passport or a Ukrainian-style diploma to be taken to university, and there is no need to complete the exams. But there are problems that still need to be resolved at the state level", Zhdanova clarified.
In turn, the director of the Department of Higher education Oleh Sharov, told about the main developments and the work of the educational centres "Crimea-Ukraine", "Donbas-Ukraine": "A simplified mechanism has emerged that allows you to come to the educational centre "Crimea-Ukraine" and "Donbas-Ukraine", to undergo an appraisal, to obtain a certificate of Basic or a certificate of complete general secondary education and to enter the university through a simplified procedure". According to Sharov's words, the educational centers in 2017 will be working from 19 June to 30 September 2017.
Yurii Hrymchak, an Advisor to the Minister for temporary occupied territories and IDPs, said: "One of the priority areas is the involvement of children in higher education in Ukraine."
The press conference provided simplified conditions for obtaining a certificate (9 classes of education) and a certificate (11 classes of education) of the State model and admission to the universities of Ukraine for graduates from Donbas and Crimea through the educational centres "Donbas-Ukraine", "Crimea-Ukraine", road maps, social roles on conditions of admission-2017, "Open Policy Hotline" fund.
Participants: Iryna Zhdanova - Executive Director of "Open Policy Foundation"; Emine Dzhaparova – the First Deputy Minister of information policy of Ukraine; Yurii Hrymchak - an Adviser to the Minister for temporary occupied territories and IDPs; Oleh Sharov - the Director of higher education Department of the Ministry of science and education of Ukraine.
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