The forum “Adult Education and Civil Society Development” took place in Kyiv on November 2-3 and became a platform for experience exchange and discussion of ways to develop non-formal education in Ukraine.
The event was attended by Minister of Education and Science of Ukraine Lilia Grinevich, President of the National Academy of Pedagogical Sciences of Ukraine Vasyl Kremen, representatives of the Embassy of Germany; Regional Director of DVV International in Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova – Bettina Brand, the leaders and members of the European Association for the Education of Adults, the Public Association “Ukrainian Adult Education Association” and representatives of other Ukrainian and European organizations.
Non-formal education programs, their quality, demand, advantages and disadvantages were discussed during the plenary sessions of the first day of the forum.
The second day of the forum was entirely devoted to the direct exchange of experience, master classes, presentation of the success stories of the adult education centers and the experience of implementing innovative educational projects. The final plenary session was moderated by Ostap Stasiv, who represented the Open University of the Maidan as one of the institutions of non-formal adult education.
During the discussions participants of the forum proved the undeniable fact that high-quality education provides people with confidence in their abilities and opportunities to achieve their goals, helps to raise their standard of living and motivates them for further development. Informal education should be accessible and convenient for all citizens. These principles are shared by the platform VUM online from the Open University of the Maidan.