Students of the Faculty of Sociology and Law Kateryna Dyachenko, Yelyzaveta Vakulenko and Denys Antypenko, who are studying for a degree in Public Administration and Management, won the All-Ukrainian Creative Work Competition of the National Agency of Ukraine on Civil Service in the nomination "Reforming Education under Martial Law". The competition was held for the fourth time, and it was traditionally initiated by the NAUCS and the Center for Adaptation of the Civil Service to EU Standards.
A total of six nominations were announced in the project, which started on June 23, 2023: "Equal Rights and Opportunities for Women and Men", "Political Education and Political Culture", "Youth in the Public Administration System: New Approaches and Prospects", "Reforming Education under Martial Law", "My Experience in Formulating and Implementing Youth Policy", "Public Administration Reform in the Context of Ukraine's European Integration". Young people from more than 100 cities and towns of Ukraine took part in the competition. Entries were also received from Germany, Poland and Belgium. The organizing committee received 204 entries, 190 of which were in text and 14 in video format. The winners were announced on October 28.
The third-year students of the FSP of Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute worked on a management solution to give a second life to educational institutions destroyed by shelling and bombing. This problem is very important for our country, because as of October 30, 2023, 3428 Ukrainian educational institutions were damaged and 365 were completely destroyed. That is why the slogan under which the team of Kyiv Polytechnics took part in the competition was "We will rebuild everything, but we will never forget and never forgive!" Therefore, they came up with an alternative proposal to resume the educational process even before the reconstruction of the destroyed schools, developing the first draft law in Ukraine "On Temporary Modular Buildings for the Reconstruction of Educational Institutions Damaged as a Result of War." The students suggested that until the main premises of educational institutions that were destroyed or damaged during the hostilities are fully rebuilt and restored, temporary modular buildings should be used to organize the educational process. Such modular buildings are equipped with all the necessary communications. If necessary, modular blocks can be added or disassembled, so the construction of such facilities allows for a rapid response to wartime challenges and ensures the realization of children's right to education. And after the educational process resumes in permanent buildings, these modular buildings can be used as dormitories, health centers, recreation centers, etc.
Students proved that the educational sector is of strategic importance for the country, so it is important to change approaches to teaching, psychological support for children and pupils and students, and technical support for the educational process. After all, high-quality education of young people is the most effective tool for building the future we dream of and the basis for self-realization of talented individuals. Therefore, we should do everything possible to erase the traces of violence left by the war as soon as possible.
"Holding such a competition allows us to find motivated, ambitious people with unusual, sometimes unexpected ideas. So today we are once again recognizing the creativity and incredible work ethic of our youth. I am particularly pleased to note that this year we received many times more entries. And accordingly, we have even more ideas and plans," said Natalia Aliushyna, Head of the NAUCS, during the award ceremony.
The winners themselves thanked their supervisor, PhD in Public Administration Yana Tsymbalenko, for her contribution to their preparation.