EU supports youth projects in Ukraine

Several hundred people gathered at the presentation of the participants of UPSHIFT programme – a joint project of the European Union and the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) – UPSHIFT Ukraine to watch the opening, but after a few laconic introductory speeches and briefing the hall turned into a huge buzzing hive: visitors crowded around the demonstration booths, where participants confidently, without a hint of modesty, described their initiatives. Now and then there were heard promises to make the world better and surprised shouts. Someone demonstrated robots and innovative skateboards, the others limited themselves to placards and flyers, and right in front of the entrance stood a medical dummy depicting the torso of a man with removable internal organs. It was one of the first ones that attracted our attention. Read more

EU finances pensioner education in Mariupol

The last session in semester. Students take the exam: they read the resume in English and send it by email. They already know how to pay bills using Privat24, place advertisements for seedlings on OLX and send documents via Google Drive. Maybe there is nothing to boast about, but what seems simple and ordinary to us, these students are learning only now. They are from 56 to 81 years old, and all 30 persons study at the “Third Age University”. Read more

EU supports school cinema clubs

Imagine yourself as a sixth-grader, who is offered during the lesson of Ukrainian literature to write an essay about happiness. Not really interesting, right? And now imagine yourself as a sixth-grader who is offered by the teacher to watch a movie. In that movie, the new clothes of the main characters, your peers, have an amazing property: each time, they slip their hand to their right pockets they can pull out money. In general, the movie says that happiness is not in the money, and tells about charity, friendship and mutual help. And only now you are offered to write an essay about happiness. Read more

EU supports science reform in Ukraine

A report on independent audit of Ukraine’s research and innovation system was presented in Kyiv two years ago. The audit, requested by the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine, was performed by European experts using instruments of political support provided by Horizon 2020 program. The report contained 30 recommendations for the Ukrainian government and scientific community. Today, it seems prudent to recall these recommendations and make a brief analysis of what has been done over the past 24 months to fulfill these recommendations and what still needs to be done in the nearest future.

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How EU helps to make tours more interesting

We spoke about creative approach in tourism with the Kievite Natalia Gudkova, a certified coach in heritage interpretation and an interpreter guide. She recently came back from an international conference on heritage interpretation in Reims, France, which she visited thanks to a grant from the European Union’s Culture Bridges project. And she is ready to share her observations.

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