In 2000, while submitting the project, we wrote that Ukraine was one of the new states in Central and Eastern Europe that is building a new identity and a new position in Europe. School history was made a key topic in the Ukrainian process of nation building. This choice gave history also the position of the most politicised school subject.
In the project we looked into this role of history education with focus on contributing to stability and democracy in Ukraine, especially regarding the different regions and ethnic and linguistic communities within the country, but also regarding the relations with the neighbouring countries. The school history textbook, History of the Epoch. The Period seen through the Eyes of an Individual. Ukraine and Europe 1900-1939, which is the result of this project, mirrors these specific elements.
Such approach to history teaching puts high demands on the history educators and requires a high level of professional sophistication of those who teach. History educators therefore need professional organisations, which can act as agents of change. Independent Associations of History Educators, belonging to the EUROCLIO network, have in many countries in Europe proved to be able to act as effective initiators and multipliers of fundamental innovations in history education. NOVA DOBA, the All Ukrainian Association of Teachers of History and Social Studies had already shown similar capacities and this project therefore also focused on further strengthening this organisation. A strong NOVA DOBA would be a vital agent in the process of innovation and professionalisation of the Ukrainian history educators.
Project Report PDF_English
Available online in Ukrainian
Local coordinators: Ms Polina Verbitska, Ms Iryna Kostyuk
Authors: Mr Andriy O. Osmolovskyi, Mr Yuriy S. Komarov, Mr Serhiy V. Bilonozhko , Mr Viktor O. Mysan, Mr Olexandr Zaytstev
Ukrainian Consultants: Mr Prof. Dr. Stanislav V. Kulchytskyi, Mr Prof. Dr. Yuri Shapoval, Ms Raisa Yevtushenko, Mr Prof. Dr. Olexandr A. Udod, Ms Dr. Tetyana V. Ladychenko, Ms Prof. Dr. Olena I. Pometun
Ministry of Education of Ukraine: Mr Dr. Pavlo B. Polyansky
International Experts: Ms Christa Donnermair, Mr Duncan Toms, Ms Julia V. Kushnereva, Mr Tony McAleavy, Mr Richard Dargie
History Educators: Ms Lyudmyla M. Mala, Mr Olexandr V. Starukh, Ms Lyudmyla I. Kalinina, Mr Olexandr A. Bilous’ko
Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Ms Meie Kiel, Ms Kateryna Bardadym, Ms Jos Uyterlinden
Joke van der Leeuw-Roord, EUROCLIO Executive Director
Huibert Crijns, EUROCLIO Project Manager