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12.12.2001

The fifth competition of essays devoted to human rights protection for students of high and higher schools has ended. The seminar ‘Problems of civil education and human rights protection in Ukrainian schools’

   

On 30 March the fifth competition of essays devoted to human rights protection for students of high and higher schools was solemnly closed in Kyiv. The competition was organized by the International society for human rights and the Kharkov Group for human rights protection.

33 victors out of almost four thousand of participants of the competition were invited to Kyiv. Their age is from 15 to 25. After declaring the results the honorable guests handed diplomas and congratulated the victors. Among the honorable guests Ditmar Hoffmann, the Plenipotentiary and Extraordinary Ambassador of Germany in Ukraine, Martin Schaeffer, the General Consul of Germany in Ukraine, Holdar Sven, the consultant on political questions of the Delegation of the European Commission of the Council of Europe in Ukraine, and Aleksandr Pavlichenko, the manager of Information office of the Council of Europe in Ukraine were present.

That very day a two-day seminar ‘Problems of civil education and human rights protection in Ukrainian schools’ commenced its work. The seminar organizers invited well-known professionals in civil education, teachers – authors of articles published in the bulletin ‘Human rights. Civil education’, teachers-instructors of the authors of best essays presented at the competition, representatives of human rights protection, education, youth and other organizations. The participants were given a big package of literature. The literature collection consisted of publications of the Kharkov Group: ‘International mechanisms of human rights protection’, ‘Complaints to the European court of human rights’, ‘Teaching history in the spirit of democratic values and tolerance’ by Carmel Gallaher; books published by the American embassy in Ukraine: ‘Portrait of the United States’, ‘History of the United States’, ‘Geography of the United States’, ‘Economy of the United States’, Literature of the United States’, ‘Introduction to human rights’, ‘Democracy is a discussion’ ‘Collection of document of the Council of Europe’ issued by of Information office of the Council of Europe in Ukraine. Besides, all the participants had an opportunity to get familiar with all editions of the Kharkov Group and to order the literature, which interested them.

Special sittings of the seminar were held as round table talks, where the following topics were discussed:

Monitoring human rights observation in Ukrainian secondary schools.

Civil education, juridical science and human rights protection at school: the problem of real efficiency.

Collection of experience: youth organizations, pupils’ self-rule and other forms of civil self-education.

Development of teachers’ community. Creative and professional unions of teachers. Civil cooperation of pupils, teachers and parents as a necessary condition for solving problems of modern school.

More detailed information on the results of the competition and on the work of the seminar will be published in a bulletin ‘Prava ludyny. Civil education’.

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