The joint work of public and international organizations, the Petro Poroshenko Charity Foundation allows to talk about tangible results in the direction of the introduction of inclusive education. Today, society needs a new quality of services in education, health care, social and administrative services, and this is exactly what the decentralization reform offers. This statement was issued by Vice Prime Minister/ Minister for Regional Development, Construction, Housing and Utilities of Ukraine Hennadii Zubko during the signing of the Memorandum on the joint implementation of inclusive education projects with Maryna Poroshenko.
According to the Vice Prime Minister, the new quality of services and the introduction of European standards - these are the things that are specifically envisaged by the reform. Even now, everyone can witness qualitative changes: the reform of the Ukrainian school is being implemented, a new educational space is being created, and inclusive classes for children with special needs are being opened.
«The legislative framework has already been shaped for the introduction of inclusive learning environment. The Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine has submitted normative acts to the Government, some of which will be introduced this year. The sum worth 500 million hryvnias is included in the state budget for inclusive education», asserted Hennadii Zubko.
«The signed Memorandum first and foremost is aimed to provide methodological and technical assistance for the creation of media libraries, resource rooms and centers. But we are ready to go further - to develop state construction norms, which should become mandatory in establishing inclusive educational environment for children with special needs. After all, every child should have an access to any educational institution», stressed the Vice Prime Minister.
Apart from that, Hennadii Zubko emphasized the Ministry of Regional Development engages in work aimed to ensure accessibility, barrier-free and unhindered access to social facilities, including educational institutions. Practical recommendations for creating a new educational environment have already been prepared. This concerns the creation of media libraries, new approaches to staff recruitment and training design of premises, etc. Experts of the said Ministry are currently working out recommendations for the establishment of resource centers.