8.3.3 Intercultural education
Each school in Ukraine has special hours dedicated to peace and tolerance when students learn about other cultures. In many educational establishments, including high schools, there are classes on the EU and European values. Intercultural education is mainly administered by the Ministry of Education and Science and respective educational bodies on all levels. The programmes focus mainly on shared European values, tolerance principles, equality and information about world cultures.
Many schools, especially with foreign language education, organise days of specific cultures, festivals, and develop correspondence with respective schools and institutions in other countries. Many international organisations (e.g. the British Council, Goethe Institute) carry out special competitions for literature or journalism or film works about the vision of European history, present or future, among high school or university level students in Ukraine.
There have also been different initiatives on the city and county levels. For example, a lot of intercultural projects are executed by the department of education in the city of Melitopol, a participant of the CoE Programme "Intercultural cities"; in particular: international projects of the club of youth diplomacy "Leader XXI" at Melitopol Gymnasium number 5 – Model United Nations of Goldberg 2009, 2010; dance project "Meeting at Elbe" (2009-2010); activities of the Belgium Club at Melitopol Gymnasium number 19.
For more information, see our Intercultural Dialogue section.