Ukraine and Finland inked an agreement that stipulates for assistance in improving the qualifications of Ukrainian teachers, promotion of the important role of education for society, and improvement of the educational environment of schools as part of the reform of the New Ukrainian School. The document was signed by Minister of Education and Science of Ukraine Lilia Hrynevich and Minister for Foreign Affairs of of Finland Timo Soini today, March 5, 2018, at the premises of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine.
Once the agreement is signed, the Parliament must ratify it. Lilia Hrynevich emphasizes these bureaucratic procedures must be completed within the coming months.
Finland is one of the reliable partners of Ukraine. After the Revolution of Dignity, the Republic of Finland increased the amount of assistance to our country. Thus, over the past three years, the amount of humanitarian and technical assistance provided is worth 28.7 million euros. Finland supports legislative, economic and energy reforms through the Council of the European Union, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the World Bank and the Nordic Environment Finance Corporation.
It should be noted that from September 1, 2018, all first-grade pupils will study under the new state standard for elementary school. In order to support the teachers on this path, the Ministry of Education and Science launched a large-scale teacher training.