Last week, Innove in co-operation with seven Estonian vocational education schools, launched a new project “Sharing Estonia’s Experience in Support of Ukrainian Vocational Education Reforms”. The project is aimed at contributing to the development of vocational education in Volyn Oblast , Ukraine.
Workshops for teachers and school leaders were held at the opening seminar in Lutsk. The event was also attended by those responsible for the organization and policy of education in the region. In addition, representatives from the two neighboring oblasts, Khmelnitsky and Rivne, who were also interested in Estonia’s experience and wanted to discuss potential cooperation opportunities, took part in the seminar.
“Ukraine is a country of high potential, who wants to develop and modernize its vocational education, but needs some support. Estonia has made a huge leap in this field over the last couple of decades, and we are happy to share our experiences with another country that wants to do the same,” says project manager Aili Kõiv from Innove.
The newly started project is a continuation of cooperation that has been going on for two years, during which a model for the development of vocational education in the Volyn Oblast was drawn up. The current project is aimed at its implementation in eight vocational schools in the Volyn Oblast. Here, a key role is played by Estonian vocational education schools that support their partner schools in Ukraine in preparation of development plans, by sharing their experiences and knowledge with them. The project involves Valga County Vocational Training Center, Olustvere School of Service and Rural Economy, Tallinn Construction School, Ida-Viru County Vocational Education Center, Vana-Vigala Technical and Service School, Tallinn Service School and Tallinn Lasnamäe Mechanical School. Partner schools are constantly communicating throughout the project, as well as conducting a number of study visits and training sessions. Next spring, Ukrainian directors and teachers will be trained in Estonia, and in the autumn, Estonian teachers will conduct master classes in partner schools in Ukraine.
The project lasts two years and is funded by the Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid Fund of the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.