Educators for Peace &
by Dr. Julia Kipko, Chairlady of
Lugansk regional committee
committee "Educators for Peace & Mutual Understanding" marked
its 20th anniversary on soft days of Ukrainian Indian summer
2010, with their melons and water melons, grapes and plums,
autumn strawberries and pumpkins, with bright and smart changes
in natural smells and colors, in airs and skies...
assembled more than 300 participants from Lugansk and 11
territories of the region, from Austria, Russia, Byelorussia,
Bashkortostan,etc. They were teachers and students,
administrative staff and managers, doctors and activists of
culture & art.
gathered together in the big conference hall of State University
of Culture and Arts, and not occasionally.
because it's a really comfortable and hospitable hall. Second
because we use to meet our foreign guests here and this time it
seemed as if they all are sharing room at our round tables, too
(Ph 1). Third because in LSUCA the international cooperation is
among the priorities and there is much to be seen here as the
result. The start of the 3-days work was adorned with warm
friendly greetings of our foreign partners and cooperative
organizations from abroad.
more about honoring Frank Krøyer's memory
the Minute of Silence followed - the audience was honoring Frank
Kroyer's memory. Here in Lugansk he is well known to our
colleagues and adherents, and we still feel his steps all over
the country - from our region up to Crimea...Despite his going
down, his activities are alive and never ever he will be
forgotten in Ukraine. Such creatures like Frank promote vitality
and surviving abilities of modest social organizations similar
to our committee: they are like highlights for us systematically
and in everything - from their constant altruistic activities
and reasonable travel passion (can we say so?) to their plainest
living...Look, in 1990 when our committee grew up into a
regional social organization a lot of alliances came to life
likewise. None of them has survived till 2010 but us. Take it
for granted, we have risen from the ranks due to our previous
long lasting international work with youth all over the world
and due to our working and hearty friendship with people like
Frank Kroyer (Denmark), Eva Nordland (Norway), Mari Michoue
(France) - our honorable partners in that work.
the significance and importance of succession in social work
became one of the most actual topics at the jubilee conference.
The 20th anniversary of committee activities coincided with the
simultaneous data of the 40th anniversary of foundation of Youth
International Friendship Club (high school N 5, Antratsit). In
former times this school organization was famous literally all
over the world due to its practical international efforts
(cooperating with Danish colleagues since 1987, either)). Many a
members of YIFC went on acting in our committee, having brought
with them both their enthusiasm and experience wherever they
defined their living and professional ways. The participants
agreed: however often those Hamlet's words sounded nowadays "The
time is out of joint " - basically we can confirm the succession
of joint generations and the succession of ideology in our
social work. Well, the committee jubilee occurred to be not an
ordinary event first of all because it assembled none occasional
people. And it was impossible to divide them into presidium and
hall chairs, into speakers and audience: they came as adherents
and people of a common destiny, they were experiencing together
all the hurdles and odds of our hard times.
heart, time and place at the conference were devoted to
analising and summerizing the committee work on international
contacts in social and professional activities ( in the frames
of partnership and sponsorship). Judge by yourselves: at present
there are more than 30 different structures abroad that are
cooperating with Lugansk and its territories. Among them :
Moscow college of Architecture and Management (Russia),
Zelenograd Economy University (Russia), secondary schools 15, 31
and Youth Centre of social organization "Home of Peace"
(Vladimir, Russia), Byelorussian SOS Kinderdorf National, SOS
Home of Youth, Minsk Autotransport college (Byelorussia), High
school of Social Work of Wien University, Wien Conservatory,
local communities of Wallern, Ybbs, Neusiedle, Nickelsdorf,
Lusdorf, Harbach, Traunsee, municipal organisation "Lebenshilfe"
(Austria), National committee of Danish Red Cross (Kopenhagen),
Local committee of Danish Red Cross (Skive), School of Social
Health (Skive), International Teachers' Association
(Kopenhagen), Editorial Board of ITA Post, National Public
Library of Calcutta (India), Berlin Spring Academy (Germany),
Recovering - Social faculty of Ostrava University (Chekhia),
Health Protection faculty of Debrecen University (Hungary), High
Professional School (Poland), Social organization "Peace"
(Norway), Biotrace International (UK), Boston University (USA),
Praesidium of Bavarian Red Cross (Munich, Germany),
International project "Peace Ribbon" in the frames of
peace-creative actions of UNO (New York, USA), Brussels King
Musical Conservatory (Belgium), Moscow State Conservatory
(Russia), Saint Etyen Conservatory (France), High Humanitary -
Economic School in Lodz (Poland), Bashkortostan Republican
Association "Educators for Peace and Mutual Understanding" (Ph
1996 the committee has been managing its international contacts
in 5 basic branches : 1.Humanitary loads from abroad for the
sake of educational and medical institutions. 2.Children summer
recovering in Alpes. 3.Building and remounting works in
orphanages. 4.Exchange of delegations. 5. Personal contacts. In
realization of these branches there is a special place for
collective membership in the committee.
Lugansk State college of Economics, Law & Social Work arranges
international meetings, scientific -&- practical conferences
with participation of foreign colleagues. Similar Lugansk State
University of Culture & Arts. Lugansk secondary school 47 worked
out and entered the programme of Culture of Peace in the frames
of international project and went into the first 10 best author
school models in Ukraine. Novoaidar Children Rehabilitating
Centre is permanently studying world experience of social work
to the benefit of indigent children. Swatovo regional
educational department integrated the practice of international
help and care to the children-victims of Chernobyl catastrophe.
whole in the course of 20 years we got 25 trucks with
humanitarian loads for orphanages, boarding schools and
hospitals in 11 regional territories. Facing these activities
our clients in Lugansk regional Children Clinics and in
Antratsit City Clinics got modern "Mercedes" ambulances and
expensive remedies. Stomatological equipment from Austria has
been installed in children institutions of Antratsit, Lugansk,
Shchetovo, Novoaidar, in Black Sea children recovering complex
"Southern", in medical clinics either. Perfect water cleaning
Siemens systems do work now in 12 orphanages and boarding
schools, in Lugansk college of building, economics & law, in
Antratsit City Hospital turning out Donbass bad waters into
really drinking ones. Due to Bavarian Red Cross help in
Shchetovo orphanage they have the new dining hall, the new
kitchen with electronic handling, the new laundry-ironing block,
fully renewed heating hut, fully remounted gymnasium and sport -
game equipment in the school yard. As the result of successful
cooperation between Bavarian Red Cross, Wien Global 2000 and
Lugansk regional administration Shchetovo orphanage got the
so-long-expected fence with forging gates around the vast school
territory, On Oct 16th there took place the fest devoted to the
opening of the reconstructed sleeping school building - in the
frames of the same partnership (Ph’s 3 & 4).
In Lugansk the pilot
orphanage for graduates of specialized boarding schools has been
erected - due to private sponsorship (Dr. Markian Prypchan,
Austria), social partnership (Ursula Venneman, Lebenshilfe,
Austria), humanitary help (Global 2000, Wien) and Ukrainian
investments (Ph 5).
In the course of 14 years
more than 700 Ukrainian orphans spent their summer holidays in
Alpes. They use to arrive to Austria to be medically examined
and to get recovered. As a rule they are accompanied by their
habitual tutors. We should appreciate the strengthening of
professional pedagogical ties in this constant process. Staff
and administration of Lugansk pilot orphanage have regular
trainings in children institutions of Wien, Woitsberg, Ssalla,
Schladming,Graz, Baerbach, Frauenberg on the ground of their
cooperation with "Lebenshilfe". Meanwhile the staff of this
organization make their master classes in Lugansk and Novoaidar.
Lugansk educators studied the system of SOS Kinderdorf
International in Byelorussia,the work of folk schools in Denmark
and Norway, took part in International pedagogical congresses
and social meetings in Vienn, Paris, Graz, Skive, Roskilde. Our
partnership with Austrian Global 2000 opened different
humanitary channels to the benefit of both educational and
health recovering service. As a fruitful result of committee
intercession there were achieved hard (and very expensive)
surgeries for certainly diseased children with sometimes
hopeless fatal diagnostics. Swetlana Pavlova and Viktoria
Leontyeva (Ph 6) got complicated operations for straightening
their legs. Vlada Pogoretski was doomed to death by the medical
conclusion of Kyjiv oncological clinic. Having started with her
aging 4 until now (she is 14) the girl got a series of hard,
even unprecedent operations in Saint Anna Hospital (Vienna) and
is standing on the eve of the final surgery, nothing threatening
to her life any more. Andrej Voronin was examined, cured and
therewith operated in Kyjiv cardiological centre due to Austrian
sponsorship. More than 30 children are being permanently cared
and sponsored (medicines, vitamines, examining, hospital and
aanatorium curing) in the frames of Chernobyl Children project.
Central City Clinic of Antratsit is also supported and supplied
on the ground of committee international contacts. All its
departments - Maternity House, Children hospitals, Ophtalmology,
Rapid Aid Unit, Stomatology, Cardiology, Travmatology,etc got
special gears and various equipment, financing help, a lot of
humanitarian loads since 1997 and now on. Dr. Ludmila
Zhuravliova was trained in Vienna St.Anna Hospital (Ph 7).
and not only - topics were discussed at the jubilee conference
with the common leit-motive: in our social work we all are
together like many years ago, and mutual understanding is the
prerequisite of positive collective thoughts and aspirations. In
cooperation for the sake of children we practically are trying
to make the world a bit better. After the American author Leo F.
Buscaglia we confirm that a better world is one in which the
principles of love become a universal way of life. A world where
basic human rights, freedom, joy, dignity, growth, work,
creativity, food, shelter, beauty and happiness are assured to
all mankind. The past cannot be changed - it has left its
teachings. The present is the moment to act to improve (Ph 8).
the resolutive programme documents the participants marked and
summerized basic goals of international work and cooperation.
Here they are:
Management of cooperative peace creative work with foreign
social organizations and humanitary funds, with educational,
cultural and medical institutions, with volunteers.
Exchange of professional experience.
3.Exchange with delegations on various levels : teachers,
doctors, Red Cross activists, students.
4.Education of young generations in spirit of respect to
ethnical cultures, to history of different nations, in spirit of
succession of eternal human values.
5.Developing of private creative contacts in the frames of
Improving living conditions in orphanages.
Promotion of children summer recovering campaign.
Widening of geographical sphere of international cooperation in
the system of social and professional activities.
Realization of relevant chances for strengthening positive image
and for collecting modern information about friendly foreign
colleagues and institutions.
is an old tradition in use of our committee: we award prominent
people that are close to both our common goals and actual social
challenges the status of Honorable member of the committee.
Since 1995 Viktor Tikhonov, at present the 1st vice-premier of
Ukrainian government, is such an Honourable member. Having been
for a long time in the chair of the Head of Lugansk Regional
Board he used to take all sharp and painful social problems
straightly to his heart. The children's needs especially. It was
in those times that he said : "Strengthening
cooperation of Ukrainian state structures and social
organizations with international organizations of friendly
states is one of the promising ways of right solutions on actual
problems of childhood. Help and support from other countries
(financial, informative, technical) would let us at any rate
compensate the lack of our own resources under the conditions of
so complicated social-economic situation in our society". Many
years have passed but "the social-economic situation" in Ukraine
became still more and more complicated. Thus, the wise words
that were told by the wise man many years ago go on keeping
their deep sense and significance. And our international
cooperation either. Will anybody argue ?.. Dr .Julia Kipko,
Chairlady of Lugansk regional committee "Educators for Peace &
Mutual Understanding", Jan 2011 (Ph 9).