News Science Society, 03/07/2018

Teachers Exchange Ideas and Set up National Record in Kharkiv

About a thousand teachers from all over Ukraine and 16 other countries have gathered in Kharkiv to discuss innovations in secondary education at the Fourth Edcamp forum. They are exchanging their experience and creative ideas, solving various problems arising at schools. They have also shown mini-performances and taken part in the quests.

Traditionally, the event’s format is declared as unconference with no officially appointed speakers or fixed reports. The participants can independently choose, offer and present any issues.

On July 2, the opening meetings were attended by Minister of Education and Science of Ukraine Lilia Hrynevych who held a workshop for teachers and Kharkiv regional authorities.

Hadley Ferguson, co-founder and executive director of the Edcamp Foundation, noted that Edcamp appeared as a response to the fact that many professionals communicate in the digital space and have scarce opportunities to meet personally. “In addition to fruitful communication, any teacher at the forum feels valued professionally,” notes a founding member of the Edcamp movement.

Yesterday at 9 p.m, the forum participants held a flashmob on Maidan Konstytutsii to highlight the safety of school space. The location for the action was not chosen at random – symbolically just a hundred meters from it a terrible road accident killed six people on October 18, 2017.

About 600 teachers raised special reflective bracelets with the inscription “Bring light to your life.” They lined up in five figures – the heart, the sign of equality, the sun, the number of 50, which is the speed limit within the city and created the Ukrainian abbreviation of the new Ukrainian school.

They set a record in Ukraine for the number of teachers who have taken part in a flashmob.

The unconference will last until tomorrow, July 4.

Reference: The first Edcamp was organized by a group of teachers in Philadelphia in May 2010. Currently, Edcamp unites tens of thousands of people in 32 countries. Ukraine was one of the first to join the initiative, today the Ukrainian movement is the world’s second-biggest after the United States.

Text: Olena Sokolynska

Photo:, Nakipelo, Pavlo Fedosenko. Vitaly Sidorenko