Two-day long educational forum: “Learning for All” supported by the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine was conducted in Kharkiv on May 27-28 by the members of Ukraine “USG Exchange Alumni small grants program”, Inclusion without Borders community, Kharkiv Academy for Humanitarian and Pedagogical Studies and Global Resource Center on Inclusive Education, Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota.
Sergiy Sydoriv, from Ivano-Frankivsk college, Precarpathian national university speaking on Without Borders: Developing and Sustaining Inclusive Educational Community international cooperation project highlighted its aims and results.
The US and Ukraine representatives signed the memorandum on cooperation that now unites eight Ukrainian and one American universities. The aim of the established university Consortium is to set the collaboration among the Ukrainian universities in inclusive education and increase the capacity of teachers to create an inclusive learning environment.
During the second day, more than 250 school teachers, psychologists, teacher’s assistants and other specialists had the opportunity to learn from the American colleagues (Brian Abery and Renata Ticha), the representatives of the UNICEF (Bohdan Yarema), the Social Synergy Fund (Marianna Onufryk), the members of the project of the international cooperation «Without Borders: Developing and Sustaining Inclusive Educational Community» and the teacher of Kharkiv Academy for Humanitarian and Pedagogical Studies (Natalia Ivashura) who talked about the best teaching strategies in the inclusive class, the ICF usage for the primary school teachers, the multidisciplinary team work on meeting the individual educational needs of a child with disability, the effective tools for tackling behavioral issues in an inclusive class.
The audience and presenters had a productive discussion in whith Vira Maksymova from the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine.