Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine have signed a memorandum encapsulating the priorities for cooperation till 2024. This includes teaching and learning English, improving the training of English teachers in higher education, developing national professional standards for foreign language teachers and systems for assessing English proficiency among pupils and students, as recommended by the Council of Europe. The document was signed by the Minister of Education and Science of Ukraine Hanna Novosad and Chief Executive of the British Council Sir Ciarán Devane on 20 January 2020, at the headquarters of the British Council in London within the Education World Forum.
"We have a longstanding and fruitful cooperation with the British Council. Teacher training within the New Ukrainian School, support for projects that help our children learn English in an informal environment, new approaches to teaching English at universities, all these are the results of our collaboration. It is vitally important for us that the memorandum signed today envisages further work in the areas of providing sound education, excellence of teaching, creation of inclusive educational programs and other related areas. I hope that in synergy we will be able to accomplish many more interesting and important projects for the development of education," Hanna Novosad emphasized.
The document also stipulates for cooperation for greater awareness of the educational systems of the two countries, exchange of experience in the field of educational policy, creation of direct partnerships between universities, colleges, schools and other educational institutions.
It is should be recalled that the British Council was actively involved in improving the qualification of teachers within the framework of the New Ukrainian School reform. In particular, 17,000 English language teachers upgraded qualifications. Moreover, the British Council supports higher education reform, as well as projects aimed at strengthening the 21st century skills among teachers, university students, colleges and students.