The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine has voted in favor of the new appointment of Mykhailo Fedorov. From now on, the powers of the Deputy Prime Minister will be expanded to include innovations, development of education, science and technology. These are some of the important areas of work for the team of the Ministry of Digital Transformation.
"The world keeps moving. Despite our war, the world continues to develop dynamically. The most powerful countries are competing for talents with all their might. Technologies are changing the relevance of professions. Education and science need to be transformed. We need bolder and faster changes to ensure that our children acquire the knowledge that meets the challenges of our time," said Mykhailo Fedorov.
Mykhailo Fedorov identified the key vectors of work:
A new approach to managing the education system. Fighting bureaucracy and transforming educational institutions into those that support and attract talented teachers for decent pay. Training for educational managers and teachers. A special emphasis on the development of ESL, digital skills, and entrepreneurship. Opening up opportunities for talented scientists. Grant and fast project funding.
Digitalisation of education. Expansion of the Diia to the education sector. Services for pupils, students, and parents. For teachers - development of an online system for working with content, creation of a platform for managing educational processes, and obtaining data for making quality management decisions.
Developing and introducing a strategy for the development of Ukraine's innovations of the future. The answer to the question of how to develop innovations in the next 3-5-10 years so that Ukrainians can create billion-dollar companies and compete with technologically advanced countries.
The development of military technology. This area, to which we have devoted the whole of 2022, will now gain additional momentum. We are planning to launch an educational and innovative miltech cluster to support and implement ideas and projects related to military technology. This will accelerate our victory on the battlefield and lay the foundation for the economy of the future.
For more than 3 years, the Ministry of Digital Transformation has implemented educational projects. In particular, it has launched the Diia.Digital Education platform to provide Ukrainians with free digital literacy training. More than 1.5 million people are currently studying on the platform.
We implemented the initiative "A laptop for every teacher", under which educational institutions received more than 60,000 laptops. Together with our partners, we launched a large-scale project to support Ukrainian schools destroyed by the hostilities. Thus, schoolchildren have already received more than 4,000 Apple iPads and can continue to study online. We have implemented the Wi-Fi in Shelters initiative and provided more than 3,000 educational institutions with Internet access. In the context of the war, we have even more new challenges, and technological solutions help to solve them.
The team of the Ministry of Digital Transformation also pays a great deal of attention to the development of innovations. In particular, those that bring our victory closer and will play an important role in the country's recovery. Thus, military-tech became one of the priorities after the outbreak of full-scale war. Our team has launched one of the best tax and legal systems for tech companies, Diia.City, and is developing the Diia.Business project.
That is why the expansion of Mykhailo Fedorov's responsibilities is a logical step in his further work and development of an innovative country where people are the most valuable capital.