Educating the educators
The EWC program Civic Education in the Russian Federal Regions has resulted in the establishment of two new University master programs.
–This is really exciting and shows what the EWC multiplier effect means in practice, Ana Perona-Fjeldstad, EWC Executive Director, said.
EWC’s aim is that alumni from trainings share their knowledge with others, an aim that really has been over fulfilled in Yaroslav and Rostov. The regional coordinators Tatiana Akopova from Yaroslav and Galina Denisova from Rostov established the Master programs at the Yaroslav University and the Rostov South Federal University after receiving training in Civic Education. The regional coordinators, who are often linked to universities, receive training on how to follow up projects in schools that also take part in the program.
The inspiration to establish the new programs came after a seminar for the regional coordinators in February 2014 and training in the use of Council of Europe manuals like Compass in March the same year. Both Galina and Tatiana were motivated by the lack of expertise within the fields of children’s rights and democratic governance among teachers in their regions. The target group of the Yaroslav program is teachers, while Rostov also has a particular focus on further education and professionalization of school ombudsmen.
Rostov South Federal University’s established a Master in Social Projects in Education with two new courses on children’s and human rights. The Yaroslav Master in Children Rights uses Council of Europe manuals like Compass and the Council of Europe has supplied 36 sets of all manuals for the University library.
The Yaroslav Master program in Children Rights also collaborates with the Free University in Berlin, a collaboration which resulted from a visit during an EWC training in Berlin in July this summer.