Implementation of innovative technologies starts in Ukrainian schools

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Jan. 10, 2012, 7:19 p.m. | Ukraine — by Interfax-Ukraine
The pilot version of the Open World national project for the introduction of innovative technologies in secondary schools has been launched in Ukraine, Head of the State Agency for Investments and Management of National Projects Vladyslav Kaskiv has said. "As we all know, children make up 20% of the country's population and 100% of its future. This is a project that looks to Ukraine's future. The project, which is literally very important, because its implementation in fact will define Ukraine's compatibility for many decades ahead," he said during a press conference hosted by Interfax-Ukraine on Tuesday.

According to Kaskiv, this project suggests technical solutions for the improvement of education quality.

"In fact, the implementation of this project will make Ukraine a flagship in the process of the introduction of new interactive information technologies in education in Europe," Kaskiv said.

He added that the creation of a 4G communications network and introduction of an interactive education system would make Ukraine the world leader in the sphere of education.

The pilot project will be realized from Jan. 11 until March 23, 2012.

The project involves 704 secondary schools in almost all regions of Ukraine, except for Kirovohrad, Khmelnytsky, Chernivtsi regions and Sevastopol City.

A total of 5,592 teachers of twelve subjects under the seventh grade program will participate in the program.

The number of students participating in the project exceeds 14,000.

According to Open World project Director Ihor Kurus, rural areas will be the most active participants of the project.

He added that the national project's overall costs are estimated by Hr 4.8 billion, including Hr 1.2 billion from the national budget.

A part of budget funds will be spent on training teachers.

The first stage of the project will be completed in four years, during which students of the fifth to ninth grades (over 1.5 million children) will be provided with the latest equipment.

It is expected that in future schools will stop using printed textbooks. The textbooks are being digitized today
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Anonymous Jan. 11, 2012, 8:42 a.m.    

The best way to innovate Ukraine schools is to get ride of traitor Tabatchnyk.

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Anonymous Jan. 11, 2012, 5:22 p.m.    

Well, it will save money on printing, Will it teach the children to learn and study to become online clones or to think and reason? We will see, but I have issues with the government having a monopoly on the children's mines. Ever thought you would miss the Basillian Teaching Sisters (nuns)? This may be a check and balance of Tabatchnyk, unless there are Russian sanctions built into the digitizing. Slava Lenon!

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Anonymous Jan. 12, 2012, 5:58 a.m.    

Innovative upgrades are great IF they get done

My experience with school administrators in Ukraine is they take what money they want for themselves and drop the kopeks into the school so nothing is kept repaired, nothing that is supposed to be bought is bought. Nail the crooked administrators and teachers before starting or the student will continue to get the shaft while administrators live high off school funds

Of course they also demand parent pay more money to them and the teachers or your children will get bad grades. Fix the damn system, verify the honesty of the administration before releasing any funds

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