In Uzhgorod, there was a discussion on how to make education more accessible for minorities in the region
In Uzhgorod, representatives of pedagogical community, NGOs of Hungarian community were discussing how to make education more accessible for minorities in the region. The event was organized with the support of the Ministry of Education of Ukraine and the Council of Europe. They talked about the implementation of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages, about the right to education in native language. The event was attended by the Regional Council Chairman Volodymyr Chubirko, the Council of Europe expert Lihita Hrihule, the Director of the Department of General and Pre-School Education of the Ministry of Education of Ukraine Yuriy Kononenko, the Director of Education, Youth and Sports Department of the Regional State Administration Mykhailo Motylchak.
Opening the event Volodymyr Chubirko noted that different minorities have been peacefully living in Transcarpathia for centuries and our region can become a model for other regions. "We live as one family, solve our problems together. Here, in settlements populated by the Hungarian community, there have never been any problems with the use of their native language. Now there is a relevant issue of learning the state language at adequate level, because we want our minorities to be integrated in the society. We have good base for it - about one hundred schools, where they study the Hungarian language. We must everything possible to make Hungarians live and work here, and not emigrate. We can teach Ukrainians Hungarian language and Hungarians - Ukrainian language. The more languages we know, the more opportunities will open before us" - the chairman of the council said.
Volodymyr Chubirko also said that tomorrow in Hungary, he would discuss with the head of the general meeting of Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg region Oscar Shestak the opportunity of humanitarian cooperation between the two regions, including that in education.
Lihita Hrihule said that Europe focuses much attention on observance of the rights of national minorities.
Yuri Kononenko said that had been studying the system of the state language teaching in Beregovo and Vynogradiv districts for a week, and believes that there is a systematic work to meet the educational needs of minorities there.
It is expected that following the consultation, experts will develop recommendations for schools.