Area: 603,700 km²
Population: 46.81 million
Official Language: Ukrainian
Ukrainian Ministriy of Education and Science
Ukrainian government web portal
Department of Education and Science, Odesa regional administration
Odesa Regional In-Service Teacher Training Institute (LFI)
University of Educational Management in Kiev (UMO)
The OeAD Cooperation Office Odesa supports educational cooperation with Ukraine in the pre-university sector on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research (BMBWF). In close cooperation with the Ukrainian Ministry of Education and Science and institutions for continuous professional development of teachers and headmasters and headmistresses the OeAD Cooperation Office Odesa implements educational projects to support sustainable educational reforms.
- Quality development and school management
- Inclusive education
- Digitisation in education
- Promoting the national and international education dialogue in cooperation with the Ukrainian Ministry of Education
Leadership and management skills for quality assurance at cluster schools
In the course of the ongoing decentralisation and educational reforms in Ukraine school autonomy has been expanded and the merger of several small schools into a school cluster, in which financial and personnel resources are redistributed in order to be able to provide quality education for pupils in rural regions of Ukraine, has been made possible. This process poses a variety of challenges for the heads of the cluster and branch schools and requires solid leadership and management skills. The project aims to contribute to quality development in school clusters by promoting these skills and knowledge. To this end 20 trainers from five further education institutions in Ukraine (Odesa, Vinnyza, Shytomyr, and Kyjiw) are supported in developing a course for teams of heads of school clusters and in piloting the course in their region.
In order to increase mobility and exchange of experiences in the education sector within Ukraine the 20 project participants have come together in four mixed groups that have been conducting a pilot course for teams of headmasters/headmistresses of 40 school clusters since the autumn of 2019.
Inclusive Education in the Odesa Region
The concept of the "New Ukrainian School" of the Ukrainian Ministry of Education provides for inclusive education and individual educational careers in a new educational environment. Since mid-2018 inclusive resource centres (IRC) have been established throughout Ukraine, which identify a child's special educational needs and offer related support and therapy measures. A central task of the IRCs is to derive pedagogical recommendations from this assessment, to advise the child's school on how to implement them and thus to support inclusive education at the respective school.
The project, which is carried out together with the University College of Teacher Education Upper Austria, focuses on the interface between the IRCs and the schools and develops the competencies of the Academy for Lifelong Learning Odesa in the three areas of inclusive education, inclusive school culture and IRC development so that the Academy will be able to offer the necessary further education measures for the target groups (teachers of inclusive classes, headmasters/headmistresses of inclusive schools and IRC staff).
The aim of the project is to link the actors in inclusive education in the Odesa region, to develop a systemic view of inclusion and to ensure that they play their respective parts in implementing and ensuring inclusive education. Therefore, in addition to the Academy, 6 schools with inclusive classes and 6 IRCs participate in the project, contributing their situation and needs and acting as pilot schools or centres. Moreover, annual conferences within the framework of the project contribute to the formation of opinion in the region so that the implementation of inclusive education is also promoted at the community policy level.
Digitisation in education
Digitisation is also a reform priority in the Ukrainian education system. Like in Austria this poses new challenges for teacher training institutions. Within the framework of the project the digital skills of teachers at four institutions for continuous professional development of teachers will be strengthened. Moreover, the teachers will learn to plan and carry out high-quality and didactically/methodologically effective courses in online format as well as to offer piloted model structures for blended learning in-service and continuing education programmes in the form of seminar series and courses at their institutions. Within the framework of the project the skills of around 60 trainers in planning and implementation of blended learning offers in four regions of Ukraine will be strengthened.
Policy Round Table on the topic of “Accessible Ukraine – implementation of inclusive education”
Within the framework of a “Policy Round Table” the OeAD organises an all-Ukrainian conference on a central topic of education reforms in Ukraine once a year in cooperation with the Ukrainian Ministry of Education and Science. The “Policy Round Table” serves as a platform for the exchange of experience between relevant Ukrainian stakeholders and the “Policy Dialogue” with experts from Austria and other EU countries. Around 300 – 400 representatives from all levels of education administration and schools take part in this event. The theme in 2022 is “Accessible Ukraine – implementation of inclusive education”. In addition to the major conference five round tables will be held at local level in five different regions. The results of the local events, the experiences from the OeAD project in the Odesa region and the final conference in Kiev will also serve to support the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine and UNICEF in revising the new inclusive education strategy.