Луганський національний університет імені Тараса Шевченка

Digital Dialogue with the NAPS of Ukraine

On October 13, the Digital Dialogue “Peaceful Horizons of Education” dedicated to the Day of the Defender of Ukraine took place between the NAPS of Ukraine and Luhansk Taras Shevchenko National University.

The online meeting was initiated by Vasyl Kremen – President of the National Academy of Pedagogical Sciences of Ukraine, Doctor of Philosophy, Professor, Full Member of the National Academy of Arts of Ukraine; Vitalii Kurylo – Chairman of the Academic Council of the University, Doctor of Pedagogical Sciences, Professor, Full Member of the National Academy of Pedagogical Sciences of Ukraine.

Organizers from Luhansk Taras Shevchenko National University were the Educational and Research Institute of Pedagogy and Psychology: Serhii Savchenko, Doctor of Pedagogy, Professor, Corresponding Member of the National Academy of Pedagogical Sciences of Ukraine; Olena Karaman, Doctor of Pedagogical Sciences, Professor, Director of the Research Center for Social Pedagogy and Social Work of the National Academy of Pedagogical Sciences of Ukraine; and organizers from the Academy of Pedagogical Sciences of Ukraine – Mykola Kyrychenko – Rector of the University of Education Management, Doctor of Philosophy, Professor, Corresponding Member of the National Academy of Pedagogical Sciences of Ukraine; Tamara Sorochan – Director of the Central Institute of Postgraduate Education, Doctor of Pedagogical Sciences, Professor, who acted as a moderator of the Dialogue from the National Academy of Pedagogical Sciences of Ukraine.

However, the main participants in the meeting were military students of the Educational and Research Institute of Pedagogy and Psychology, who since 2014 have been defending the territorial integrity and independence of our Ukraine!

Olena Karaman, moderator of the Dialogue from LTSNU, said that 1600 participants in hostilities, representatives of various combat arms, are currently receiving or received education at the university. And these are mainly residents of Western Ukraine – the cities of Lviv, Ternopil, Khmelnytsky and others. Defenders from all over Ukraine were united by a common goal – victory, the state flag and the holy Ukrainian land.

The students brought out the national flag, completely covered by fragments of ammunition, hanging on the wall in the rector’s office. With this flag in 2014, the 80th Airmobile Brigade defended Luhansk airport. Volunteers, risking their lives, took it out of the occupied Luhansk and handed it over to the staff of our university. Luhansk airport is long gone, it was completely destroyed. Hundreds of our soldiers died there. And this blue-yellow flag as a shrine is always with us, gives strength to never give up and not lose heart.

During the “Peaceful Horizons of Education” Digital Dialogue, scientists discussed a number of issues:

  • Education for Peace is a direction of scientific research and educational practice, founded by NAPS of Ukraine.
  • Opportunities for formal and non-formal education to open up new horizons of peaceful life.
  • Modern technologies of formal and non-formal education.
  • Features of the organization of the educational process for military men in the context of formal and non-formal education.

Speeches were made by Vasyl Kremen – President of the National Academy of Pedagogical Sciences of Ukraine, Vitalii Kurylo – Chairman of the Academic Council of the State Institution “Luhansk Taras Shevchenko National University”, Mykola Kyrychenko – Rector of the SIHE “University of Education Management”, Serhii Savchenko – Rector of the State Institution “Luhansk Taras Shevchenko National University”, commander and deputy detachment commander (from the military), Petro Saukh – academician-secretary of the Higher Education Department of the National Academy of Pedagogical Sciences of Ukraine, Svitlana Sysoeva – Academician-secretary of the General Pedagogy and Philosophy of Education Department of the National Academy of Pedagogical Sciences of Ukraine, Oleh Spirin – Vice-Rector of the SIHE “University of Education Management”, Viktor Oleinik – Advisor to the Rector DZVO “University of Education Management”, Tamara Sorochan – Director of the Central Institute of Postgraduate Education of  the SIHE “UEM”, Anatolii Daniliev – Vice-Rector of the Luhansk OIPPO, Natalia Pinchuk – Associate Professor of the Department of Psychology of Management of the SIHE “UEM”, Olena Karaman – Director of the ER  IPP, Director of the Research Center for Social Pedagogy and social work of NAPS of Ukraine, etc.

The report of Vitalii Kurylo was central from the university and the NAPS of Ukraine, who noted the main idea of ​​interaction between LTSNU, NAPS and LTSNU military students – a combination of formal and non-formal education for the preparation of highly educated and competitive specialists among the participants in hostilities. Vitalii Kurylo noted that lifelong education, advanced training of specialists in all industries, including the military men, is becoming a prerequisite for certification and career growth of an individual. That is why the enrollment of military men in advanced training courses at the Ukrainian Open University of Postgraduate Education, where they can additionally receive non-formal education and improve their skills in the virtual space without interrupting military service, is a guarantee of their professional growth and confidence in the future.

Serhii Savchenko spoke about the peculiarities of organizing the educational process with military students at Luhansk Taras Shevchenko National University:

  • an annual petition to the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine for the allocation of targeted budget places;
  • organization of a flexible educational process based on an individual approach and student support from the moment of entry to graduation;
  • providing volunteer assistance to servicemen, families of the fallen and wounded by collecting funds for operations, prostheses, gifts to children of the fallen warriors for public holidays;
  • psychological support of students on the basis of the Center for psychological recovery and adaptation, etc.

Serhii Savchenko thanked the National Academy of Pedagogical Sciences of Ukraine for joining in the work with our military students and expanding the opportunity for them to receive educational services. Thanks to the established Ukrainian Open University of Postgraduate Education, our students, in addition to formal, can now receive non-formal education, continuously improve their qualifications for professional and personal growth.

The first students of the Ukrainian Open University of Postgraduate Education on a free basis were 20 best students from the leadership of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Among them are two widows, wives of the fallen heroes.

The participants of the Digital Dialogue came to the conclusion that formal university education in combination with non-formal education at the NAPS of Ukraine will become the basis for the formation of a highly educated elite from among the best sons of Ukraine, who have proven their loyalty to the Motherland, won the trust of the Ukrainian people and will be able to build a new Ukraine after victory.

The Digital Dialogue ended with the presentation of flowers and a loaf from the NAPSU and LTSNU to military students, as well as the integral slogan – GLORY TO UKRAINE!

Dear our defenders! The teams of NAPS and LTSNU wish everyone health, indomitable spirit, bold ideas, psychological resilience in performing extremely difficult tasks, success in professional activities, harmony in families! And wish to all of us – VICTORIES!

According to the Educational and Research Institute
of Pedagogy and Psychology

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