Between 1-8 January 2019, the City of Warsaw had a great pleasure to host a group of 25 teachers and educators from the Donetsk and Lugansk provinces of Eastern Ukraine. They came to Warsaw invited by the Education Department of the City of Warsaw within the „Warsaw for eastern Ukraine 2019 – psychological support for teachers” project. Among participants, there were also representatives of the National Kyiv-Mohyla Academy responsible for the recruitment of the visiting teachers.
The objective of the project was to support Ukrainian teachers working in schools in the war zone through specific psychological and pedagogical assistance. It was also very important to allow our guests to participate in cultural events, art workshop and simply to enjoy free time exploring Warsaw.
The project was inaugurated on 2nd January 2019 by the Deputy Mayor of Warsaw Ms. Renata Kaznowska. The meeting took place at the European House of Youth Meetings in Warsaw – the place where teachers were accommodated during the project period. Another city institution - the Warsaw Centre for Educational, Social Innovation and Training (WCIES) took care of the psychological and pedagogical support for the guests. The workshops organized by WCIES concentrated on stress prevention, building strategies and practicing techniques of short and long-term dealing with effects of stress, managing emotions, body, thoughts, relations with others and own resources of energy.
During their stay, Ukrainian teachers had the opportunity to learn about some of the city's key educational institutions (for example the Copernicus Science Centre). They took active part in a cultural program (including art workshop at the National Museum, a guided tour around Warsaw, and a Christmas carol concert in one of the Warsaw churches).
All these activities constituted a natural continuation of the previous aid project "Warsaw pupils for Krasnogoriwka" realised in 2018 , as well as earlier Warsaw aid projects including treatment of young Ukrainians in city hospitals (victims of the tragic Majdan events) and educational projects of the City of Warsaw and The City of Kiev (cooperation of vocational schools, youth city councils).