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ANNUAL REPORT Charitable Organization “Teachers for Democracy and Partnership” 2013

ANNUAL REPORT

Charitable Organization “Teachers for Democracy and Partnership”

2013

 

Charitable Organization “Teachers for Democracy and Partnership”

Registration # 0830-2002, June 19, 2002

 

Organization formed to provide charitable activity to support science and education development.

 

Our Mission

 

We are united by ideas of democracy and social partnership, contributing to the development of civil society through coordinated work of a team of professionals and efficient use of available resources and modern techniques, and act for the sake of Ukraine’s educational space renaissance.

 

      Major objectives of the Organization’s activity:

-          Fund raising among individuals and legal entities to provide material and technical resources needed for the Organization’s goals implementation;

-          Promoting integration of Ukrainian teachers into international educational community;

-          Promoting development of educational methods and programs aimed at teachers’ qualification improvement and introduction of personality-oriented education and development; as well as implementation of the above programs through participation in provision of trainings, seminars and conferences on free-of charge basis, and educational materials and textbooks development;

-          Promoting creation of Teachers’ Training Center for the sake of integrating civil and legal education into the curriculum and training teachers in interactive and innovative methods of work with students as well as developing techniques for the school/community/local authority partnership;

-          Promoting development, implementation and up-dating of a Web-site and an Informational Release for teachers of Ukraine covering modern approaches to democratic, tolerant and personality-oriented education and development;

-          Promoting partnership and cooperation development between schools and museums of Ukraine;

-          Participating in planning, organizing and holding summer-time schools, camps, field seminars etc. on civil development, leadership, tolerance, teachers’ self-governance, communication skills etc.; 

-          Promoting development of programs on social protection and legal education for teachers, their employment, professional and personal growth;

-          Promoting village schools development;

-          Promoting implementation of the legal educational program “Practical Law”;

-          Promoting science and education development, scientific and educational programs implementation, providing charitable support to teachers, scientists, students, pupils, talented young people;

-          Promoting practical implementation of national, regional, local and international programs that match the Organization’s activity goals;

-          Promoting regular publications and editions on education, personal development, management and other issues that fall within By-laws of the Organization;

-          Improving well-being of charitable support recipients;

-          Providing support to citizens who suffered from natural, environmental and industrial disasters or in result of social conflicts and accidents, to the victims of repressions and refugees;

-          Promoting cultural development, including national cultural development programs implementation, as well as promoting general population access, particularly deprived populations’, to the cultural legacy and fine arts;

-          Promoting safeguarding and preservation of cultural legacy, historical cultural environment, objects of historical and cultural value, cemeteries;

-          Providing support for development of the publishing, mass media and informational infrastructure;

-          Promoting development of nature conservation resources and nature preservation activities.

 

 The Organization Activities Description

 

Project «Education for Sustainable Development in Action 2»

(February - December 2013)

Overview

The primary objective of the project is to contribute to environmental awareness, resource use reduction and participatory citizenship by engaging youth and adults in action programs. The project builds on an earlier TDP-GAP project that has produced highly successful results (ESDA1).

 

 

The main focus of the current period has been to:

•          Set up and organize the project;

•          Advocacy to a wider spectrum of stakeholders;

•          Advance and further disseminate the school and youth program;

•          Set up adult Eco Team program and dissemination;

•          Competence building of partners;

 

Planned activities and goals

We are happy to report that, despite the delayed start, the planned activities have been carried out, with results greater than those planned for.

As regards the major planned results:

•          New coordination routines have been set up between GAP and TDP, and between TDP and regional partners and coordinators.

•          Media coverage and government support have both exceeded expectations.

•          School program has been expanded from 7 oblasts to 15 (8 new) with new and more effective online reporting system.

•          At the same time, 37 889 pupils in the old blasts and 23312 in the new oblasts carry out sustainability actions.

•          A national accreditation system for ‘EcoSchools’ has been announced, supported by national authorities

•          Development of the adult EcoTeam program (in one oblast) was successful.

•          Recruitment, however, has been slower than anticipated – see below

 

All deviations (resulting from the late start of the project, outcome of detailed planning, and changes of third-party organization) are under control; see separate sections.

The main difficulty encountered was that local coordinators had some difficulties with gathering groups for the adult EcoTeam program. The EcoTeam program is completely new for Ukrainian people. The plan to handle this deviation includes better promotion of the concept, and – on the advice of experienced colleagues from Hungary – including bigger cities than only Ivano Frankivsk, since new concepts are more readily received in big cities. Indeed, officials of other cities whom we have approached have proved supportive and positive. For example, we had an extra training on the request of Dnipropetrovsk city.

Importantly, during the year the competence of both TDP and local partners has been strengthened, especially from the perspective of Communications, Human Resources, Management, and International Cooperation (Hungary and Spain). This is important for the sustainability of the project in the future.

 

 

Component 0: Management

 

Obtained results:

•          Both TDP and GAP clearly defined requirement and responsibilities for project managers and coordinators, and recruited ideal coworkers.

•          Management mechanism was set up between TDP and GAP: quarterly progress report and financial report, constant reporting on deviations via email and skype, face to face coordination.

•          Coordination mechanism was also set up between TDP and local partners and coordinators: Ongoing activities reports, quarterly reports, material presentation reports, and electronic reporting system. https://tdp.bitrix24.ru/

•          Successful kick-off meeting: 29th, March held in Kiev with 27 participants from partner organizations, regional coordinators and governmental officers.

•          Project website: http://www.esd.org.ua/

•          Social Media: www.facebook.com/ESD.ORG.UA

   https://www.facebook.com/stale.domogospodarstvo

Results beyond plan:

•          Concluded agreements on cooperation with the Academy of Pedagogical Sciences, 14 teacher-training institutes.

 

 

Component 1: Advocacy

Obtained results:

1.1 Terms of Reference were signed: between GAP and TDP, between TDP and 4 researchers.

1.1 Research and reports:

− Developed research tool.

− Concluded a 78-page research report based on interviews and surveys of 1,000 people (students, teachers, parents) in 3 regions (Mikolayiv, Kyiv and Zhitomi). 300 Copies were made.

− Presentation of the report: project website, local education administrations, national conferences, 8 regional conferences.

− The report influences educational policy both at regional level and national level and has become the base for correcting the project-working plan.

1.2 Ongoing Advocacy:

− 2nd October 34 people participated in a meeting with education authorities.

− 18-19th October, 147 people participated in a national conference.

− 18-19th October, regional coordinators participated in 5 workshops, where trainings were conducted on experiences, reporting tools, methods and concepts.

− 28-29th April, two representatives from TDP participated in an international meeting to exchange experiences with international partner organizations working with ESD and SD from 6 countries (Vietnam, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Sweden, Turkey).

− A cooperation event with NGO partners: discussion on teaching children responsible relationships with environment. (22.09)

− Sustainability Summit: NGO camp in Crimea. (12-15.09)

 

1.3 Building Partnerships:

− Online platform: Facebook and emails have become an important electronic platform for communication between partners and identified stakeholders.

− Reached 5 partnership agreements with:

1) Aarhus Centre of the Ministry of Ecology

2) Academy of Pedagogical Sciences

3) Regional Centre for Municipal Development

4) Participation in European Solar days with Green Dossier (1-19.05)

5) Partnership with a big ecological NGO ‘Mama-86’ to take part in events of each other to promote ESD and cooperation within school program

− Reached out to media: 7 videos on TV, 10 articles in print and online media, and 60 news references.

− National and regional conferences: 8 roundtables in April with 254 people, 8 regional conferences with 500+ people from different walks of society;

1 Learning for Change workshop for 25 people is planned on 30th November − ESD Journals: 2 issues: http://esd.org.ua/node/331

 

Results beyond plan:

• 12 presentational seminars for different categories of the pedagogy (Teachers, school administrators, representatives of In-Service Teacher Training Institutes and NGO’s)

• 3 presentations of the best teaching practices at the regional level

• 10 reports about the project at public events

• 11 speeches for some categories of pedagogical workers about ESD.

• On 5 Teacher Training Institutes web-sites it was informed about the integration process of the course “ESD in action”

• Open lesson of the “Lessons for sustainable development in school” for students in Pedagogical University as part of the pedagogical practicing.

• 50 schools participated in regional exhibition of the method developments in ESD made by representatives of education in Dnipropetrovsk region..

 

 

Component 2: School and Youth Program

 

Obtained results:

2.1 Developed, revised and tested materials

− 2 editorial workshops were held in Kiev in May with 12 people from 5 regions and formed 2 editorial teams: for preschools and for grades 1-2, after professional trainings.

− Developed materials for grades 1-2 in September, including the whole program, textbooks for students and methodological textbooks for teachers.

− The draft of pre-school materials will be finished at the end of November 2013 with the piloting in January 2014.

− 464 experimental textbooks were printed for 1st grade students and 397 for 2nd grade.

− 27 teachers in Mykolaiv, Kharkiv, and Kyiv started testing materials for grades g1-2.

− Revised textbooks for 8th grade, both for students and for teachers.

− A pedagogically advanced video was made for students and teachers for the course: Lessons for Sustainable Development. CDs and online downloading will be available in December.

2.2 Support pupils to carry out sustainability actions

− 37 889 students in 7 old oblasts (Cherkassy, Mikolayiv, Ternopil, Kharkiv, Kiev, Zhitomir, Donetsk) carried out sustainability actions.

− 23 312 students in 8 new oblasts (Dnipropetrovsk, Khmelnitsky, Rivne, Ivano- Frankivsk, Donetsk, Lugansk, Lviv and Vinnitsa regions) carried out sustainability actions.

− An online system was set up and 919 schools started to use this platform for data collection and analysis.

2.3 Training for educators

− Training for teachers: 846 teachers from 8 regions were trained to teach ESD courses for grades 3-4 and 8-9 during 35 three-day training seminars. (May- October)

− Training for teacher trainers: 17 new teacher trainers after 2 trainings (April- June)

− Constant support and involvement of 10 trainers from ESDA1

2.4 Training for teachers (planned for next year)

2.5 National competition on ‘School of Sustainable Development’ Approved by the Education Ministry and announced at the national conference in October.

2.5 2,000 copies of a booklet were printed and spread among communities.

2.6 Regional meetings with regional school coordinators:

8 in new regions (Dnipropetrovsk, Khmelnitsky, Rivne (twice), Ivano-Frankivsk (twice) and Vinnitsa (twice)) and 2 in old regions (Ternopil, Mikolayiv).

 

Results beyond plan:

 

• Special edition of the newspaper “Elementary Education” (#28, July 2013, publisher “School world”) – “Education for Sustainable Development”

• Materials for grade 1-2 students were sent to Ministry of Education for approval

• New materials for 8th grade students was approved by Ministry of Education and awarded PASS.

• In July, a seminar “Education for Sustainable Development as innovational part of modern education in Ukraine” was held in Kyiv region (28 participants)

• In August, a two-day seminar for supervisors of 5th-6th grade students “Method of extracurricular work with education for sustainable development” was held in the Odessa region (21 participants).

• Preparation of the special course “Theory and methodology of ESD” in In- Service Teacher Training Institute.

• In 4 In-Service Teacher Training Institutes 1 hour discourse “Content and method of teaching the course “Lessons for sustainable development” was included into the curriculum.

• Established in In-Service Teacher Training Institutes consultative centers “Scientific-Methodical support of the new elective course “Lessons for sustainable development”

• 4 educational seminars for teachers of elementary schools were held in Kyiv and Odessa region.

 

Component 3: Adult EcoTeam Program

 

Overview:

This is a new ambition of ESDA2, which is based on the successful implementation of school program in ESDA1, aiming for adults behavior change to live increasingly sustainably. The main tool is EcoTeam program, which GAP has been practicing and improving based on experiences from more than 20 countries during over than 20 years.

This, however, is a new concept in Ukraine and it takes time for people to adapt new concepts. At the same time, a local coordinator left the project, which added more difficulties.

But we have managed everything under control due to fast response and communication with international partners (GAP in Sweden and TVE in Hungary). 

In next phase of this component in Year2014, we will not only focus on Ivano-Frankivsk region as planned, but also will expand to more big cities. By far we have received very good responses and supports from authorities and even universities. We even conducted an extra training workshop on request of Dnipropetrovsk city out of their interest in the program.

This part will also be part of GAP’s international data system, which means data from Ukranian EcoTeam will be aggregated with data from other countries and made into analysis and reports. The analysis and feedbacks will offer a benchmarking and learning experience for Ukraine to develop more EcoTeam and improve the program in the future.  

 

Obtained results:

 

3.1 Adapt, develop and test materials: EcoTeam workbook

− 6 adaptatios teams worked on the draft manual.

− 16 participants took part in four coach trainings.

− 1 editorial workshop on how to write texts and work with comments was conducted in May for the leaders of adaption team (6 people).

− The EcoTeam workbook was adapted and rewritten.

− The second version of the adapted EcoTeam program was field-tested.

− 23 coaches participated in a 3-day training on 4-6 of Sepmber 2013.

− 19 EcoTeams were recruited in October and 6 more are starting in November.

− 3 editorial workshops: One editorial feedback meeting was held in July and one is planned in December; one was combined with another editorial workshop in September.

− One concluding meeting for EcoTeam workbook final version is planned in December.

− 2people from TDP participated in an international study visit to Hungary where the EcoTeam program has been implemented and improved for several years. One person participated in cooperation with a Vietnamese organization, which has years of experience on community and household program.

3.5 Follow-ups

− Ecoteam activities are regularly monitored by phone calls, online communication and monitoring visits. The last monitoring visit to Ivano- Frankivsk for communication and support of Ecoteam coaches was on 11 November.

− An online reporting, tracking, auditing system was set up for EcoTeams to upload data and results.

− 8 trips to Ivano-Frankivsk were made during the year, both for project events and monitoring visits.

 

Results beyond plan:

• TDP representatives had a meeting with the head of Social Service Department of Ivano-Frankivsk region. She expressed a high level of interest and readiness to participate in the program.

• Cooperation between School and Adult programs within Ivano-Frankivsk gives positive results. University teachers expressed willingness to work as one of the adaptation teams.

• One extra training workshop for coaches was conducted on external request from Dnipropetrovsk city. They got to know about the program from one of the public speeches of TDP members at the national event and expressed strong interest in the program. 8 people came from Dnipropetrovsk to Kiev at their own expense. Galina Gupan and Ihor Sushchenko conducted the training for them as for EcoTeam coaches. 6 of these people started EcoTeams in November.

 

Component 4:

 

Obtained results:

•          Improved and developed clearer Human Resource Management policies. (Week, month and quarter aspect)

•          Communication strategy, mechanism and tools were set up and developed after consultation meetings with two communication experts.

 

Project  “Promoting Responsible Living through Comics”

 (February 2013 – January 2014)

 

            Implementation of the mentioned project by the charitable organization “Teachers for Democracy and Partnership” in Ukraine was help during the year.

            The main objectives were:

- implementation of the comics drawing method as democratic instrument of teaching the education for sustainable development in Ukrainian schools;

- improving the teachers’ professional level;

- supporting teachers and students in using creative and innovative method through comics exhibitions and putting materials on the web-site.

Activity for the project was finished successfully, no matter the late start. The main result is effective integration of the new method in the Ukrainian school education system and spreading of the sustainable development idea among society.

Basic events, was held during the project:

- educational seminars for methodists in western and eastern regions of Ukraine;

- regional comics vernisages;

- preparing comics drawing teachers during the teacher training courses;

- preparing and publishing of the comics draing manual for teachers.

 

Main results:

According to plan

Factual results

—  40-50 methodologists  trained;

—  39 methodologists trained - 98%;

—  Not less than 400 teachers trained;

—  421 teachers trained -106%;

—  8 exhibitions conducted;

—  8 exhibitions conducted, 2 exhibitions are preparing now -125%;

—  number of schools - is not provided;

—  192 schools;

—  number of students - is not provided

—  8340 students

 

Comics’ vernisages was held in following cities: Dnipropetrovsk, Donetsk, Zhitomir, Rivne, Ternopil, Bila Tserkva, Cherkassy, Mikolayiv, Kyiv and Crimea, and supported by the lightning this event in local press, drawing master-classes, and questioning teachers and students. Vernisages’ goal was: popularization ideas of education for sustainable development among society; focusing attention of the society to the problems of sustainable development; informing teachers about comics as new effective pedagogical instrument of visualization teaching information.

            Other results of the project:

- comics were presented to the local authorities and pedagogical circles at the regional events and exhibitions;

- after presentation, methodologists used comics as instrument at the teacher trainings of ESD;

- students draw comics and held exhibitions in their schools and classes;

- in Dnipropetrovsk region was held regional comics for sustainable development contest, in which 1000 student took part.  

- manual and students’ works-comics were put at the Facebook page and at the web-site.

Was developed project’s efficiency evaluation system. Project’s efficiency evaluation was made by the students’ questioning (1024 students were questioned), teachers’ questioning (47 participated) and telephone interview with methodologists (7 were questioned). Evaluation of the project showed, that project is implemented successfully, it’s result exceeded expected, and activity of drawing comics for sustainable development in continuing.  

 

Financial  data

During  the year was:

received

2964428,00  SEK

spent

2658684,74 SEK

         

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