Finland to create ‘new Ukrainian school’ at its own expense

Ukraine and Finland have signed an agreement envisaging assistance in Ukrainian teachers’ advanced training, as well as improving the educational environment of schools in the framework of the New Ukrainian School Reform.

Ukrainian Minister of Education and Science Lilia Grinevich and Finnish Foreign Minister Timo Soini signed the document in the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry building on March 5, the press service of the Education and Science Ministry of Ukraine reports.

"The signed agreement (On the implementation of the ‘Finnish support for the Ukrainian school reform’ project – ed.) provides for support from our partners in those particular fields in which Finland is most successful. It is widely known that in their educational reform the Finns had put a great attention and focus on the teacher, and this has brought the results – now secondary education in Finland is one of the most fruitful in the world. The estimated cost of the project envisaged by the agreement will be 6 million euros. It extends for 4 years," Grinevich said.

The agreement being signed, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine must ratify it. Grinevich stressed that all these bureaucratic procedures must be completed within the next few months.

"As early as September 1, 2018, all first-graders will come to the New Ukrainian School. Such a large-scale change requires supervision and support, and we count on our partners in this process. That is why we hope that all the processes this agreement has to pass will be held quickly and without unnecessary delays," the minister said.

At the same time, the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine added that Finland is one of Ukraine's reliable partners. After the coup in 2014, the Finns increased the amount of aid to Ukraine. Thus, "over the past three years, the volume of humanitarian and technical assistance provided amounted to 28,7 million euros. Finland supports reforms in the legislative, economic and energy sectors through the Council of the European Union, the EBRD, the World Bank and the Nordic Environmental Finance Corporation," the report said.

DONi News Agency