Working with teachers, parents, educational institutions, initiatives and organizations is a necessary element of implementing our educational programs. The educational programs at the Center are specificaly aimed at children and adolescents; for this reason it is important for us to listen to the views of those who are the creators of the learning environment. It is important for us to establish contacts with schools and libraries, crisis centers and after-school facilities. This year we were able to work with great institutional initiatives in the project "School of Change" from the Institute for Social Initiatives and with the Center for Innovative Education "Pro.Svit" on the project for teachers "ProNavyky."
We are happy to share the joint projects that we were able to realize in 2015, with you.
In the spring we implemented an experimental program for parents with children. School, after-school clubs, and educational programs are all an excellent environment for childhood development, but often daily routines do not leave time for parents to spend with their children. Family Sundays - a chance to spend a few hours together as a family. Together we explored the exhibition, formed questions and looked for answers, played games, improvised and participated in interesting creative tasks. At a meeting in March, we visited the exhibition together and talked about micro-history and shared family memories. In April, together with GIZ, we held a meeting as part of the exhibition for the Rus'kiy Building festival, focusing on the topic of the home. The May meeting was held on St. Teodor Square, where we organized an impromptu picnic, playing a board game, and shared recipes.
Collaborating with Teachers
By working with teachers, we strive to make our educational programs interesting and useful for students. Together we strive to create a comfortable environment for students so that we can share with them interesting ways to present and learn new material. Thanks to teachers who are willing to experiment and change, we were able to realize some excellent joint projects. We conducted a presentation of the Center's activities and introduced visitors to our projects, and thought of how to use the Center's resources for the benefit of the school curriculum, worked with teachers-methodists, and jointly developed lessons at the exhibition.
A great experience for us was the program "ProNavyky" organized by the initiative Pro.Svit. The four month program became a cooperative platform for teachers who strive to make the school experience maximally effective and interesting for their students, through personal development. Participants worked with psychologists, sociologists and professionals from various industries to improve their own performance and skills. The program was filled with debates about changes and the role of teachers in these changes, the attitude of children towards teachers, changes in Ukrainian values, and understanding the new generation of students. The program consisted of 5 modules and 75 hours of study during which each participant developed a personal educational project. In total, 22 individuals from different cities of Ukraine participated.
We had a great opportunity to mentor five teachers through this program by providing feedback and helping them realize their projects. The projects of the teachers we mentored developed and realized wonderful projects.
Cooperation with Schools and Libraries
We were able to make contact with
and collaborate on projects with dozens of Lviv’s schools during the
educational program that accompanied our exhibitions. In addition to having the
children participate in the exhibition program at the Center, we also had
meetings, lectures and presentations at the various schools throughout the
year. In particular, we introduced the students to the digital projects of the
Center for Urban History and discussed how to use the materials in their
studies. Together we pondered the importance of researching family history,
spoke of formats and methods for recognizing the city’s history. Together with
students from School №98 and the group "109" we worked on the space
around the school.