On Tuesday, April 28, the All-Ukrainian School Online starts broadcasting lessons for pupils of grades 1-4. The lessons will be broadcast on the Ministry of Education and Science YouTube channel and 4 TV channels. The program is designed for 5 weeks of studies and consists of four subjects: Ukrainian language, mathematics, science and art.
“Each lesson will last for 15 minutes, which is preferable for children of this age group in the form of television and online lectures. In general, for the primary school children, the most effective is direct communication and teaching with their class teacher, so we did not plan to do online lessons for children of this age group. However, many parents and teachers ask us to organize lessons for elementary school as well,” said acting Minister of Education and Science Liubomyra Mandzii.
She emphasized that was the reason why the organizers decided to add the youngest pupils to the All-Ukrainian School Online.
“The main goal of the project is to help elementary school children who do not have modern devices, means of communication (internet connection), adult support, to engage in distance learning. Given the number of requests to organize the educational process for the youngest, it was our duty to do so,” added Veronica Selega, Director General of the Internal and Humanitarian Policy Directorate of the Office of the President of Ukraine.
In addition to the online version of the YouTube MES lessons, classes will also be available on the following TV channels:
“Creating television lessons for younger students requires our joint efforts. It is extremely important to take into account the age characteristics and educational needs of pupils when designing the program. This applies especially to attention, reaction and communication with the teacher. That is why the online version of the lessons will be translated into sign language. UNICEF promotes access to quality and inclusive education for all children in Ukraine, through both distance education and quality home-based education during the quarantine,” emphasizes Lotta Sylwander, Head of the UNICEF Office in Ukraine.
The project was made possible through the joint efforts of the Office of the President of Ukraine, the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine, the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Education, Science and Innovation, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the PinchukArtCentre, the National Art Museum of Ukraine, the project “The Book-Travel.Ukraine”, the public association “Osvitoriya”, as well as more than 20 teachers who have declared their accord to become teachers for the whole country. Filming is taking place at the Novopechersky School in Kyiv.