Ukraine: Resource kit for teachers on Teaching and Learning with Living Heritage

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The Resource kit for primary a secondary school teachers from Ukraine ‘Teaching and Learning with Living Heritage in Ukraine’ is inspired by the UNESCO-EU ‘resource kit’ developed in 2021 in European Union countries. It includes a step-by-step guidance on how to integrate living heritage in core school subjects, 10 case studies from EU countries and 11 case studies from Ukraine demonstrating how teachers implemented their innovative pilot projects across different contexts and conditions. It also includes a short film showcasing the experience of a secondary school in Odesa with integrating traditional clay toys in history, mathematics, geography, chemistry, biology, physics and 3D modeling classes. A short 1 min version of the film for social media is also available.

These resources were developed in the context of the project ‘Supporting the resilience of Ukrainian school children through enhancing awareness of their living heritage’ implemented by UNESCO in close cooperation with the ‘Development Centre Democracy through Culture’, a non-governmental organization accredited under the 2003 Convention. It was supported by a wide range of partners including the UNESCO Chair in Science Education, the UNESCO Associated Schools Network in Ukraine, and others. The project was supported by the UNESCO Heritage Emergency Fund.

Pilot case studies from Ukraine:

  • Petrykivka decorative painting in history, foreign languages, mathematics, art, ant technology classes in Kyiv in Ukraine, EN|UKR
  • Biliaivska yushka cooking in geography, chemistry, mathematics, art, English and information technology classes and extracurricular activities in Ukraine, EN|UKR
  • Tradition and art of pysanka in English, Ukrainian, chemistry and geometry classes in Ukraine, EN|UKR
  • Ukrainian forest beekeeping in French, English, Ukrainian, mathematics, history, chemistry, and biology classes in Ukraine, EN|UKR
  • Krolovets handloom weaving in math, geometry, Ukrainian, English German, technology and art classes in Ukraine, EN|UKR
  • Mazanka huts in history, Ukrainian literature, geography, physics, biology, chemistry, mathematics and art classes and extra-curricular activities in Ukraine, EN|UKR
  • Hutsul embroidery ornaments in geography, Ukrainian, German, mathematics, logic, chemistry, design and technology classes in Ukraine, EN|UKR
  • Black sea clay toy making in history, geography, chemistry, biology, physics, technology and art classes in Ukraine, EN|UKR (film available)
  • Straw weaving in Ukrainian, mathematics, geometry, technology, biology and art classes in Ukraine, EN|UKR
  • Klembivka embroidery in computer science classes in Ukraine, EN|UKR
  • Cuisine of the Vinniytsia region in ‘I learn about the world’, technology, Ukrainian, English, geometry, math and history classes in Ukraine, EN|UKR

Pilot case studies from EU countries:

  • Glöcklerlauf in physics and computer-aided design classes, Austria EN|FR|UKR (film available)
  • Japanese Hanga printing in art and mathematics classes, Belgium EN|FR|UKR (film available)
  • Lefkara laces and carob products in mathematics classes and extracurricular activities, Cyprus EN|FR|UKR
  • Masopust carnival in language, history, civics and art classes, Czechia EN|FR|UKR
  • Kama recipe in language and mathematics classes, Estonia EN|FR|UKR
  • Rebetiko in literature, English language, sports and ICT classes, Greece EN|FR|UKR
  • Kūčiukai Christmas cookies in language and technology classes, Lithuania EN|FR|UKR
  • The poldermodel in economics, social studies and history classes, The Netherlands EN|FR|UKR
  • Stroje ludowe, traditional decorative patterns in mathematics classes, Poland EN|FR|UKR
  • Merdeiro in Galician language, geography, music and art classes, Spain EN|FR|UKR (film available)

Films on pilot projects:

  • More than a toy - students in Odesa learn sciences and literature with Black Sea clay figurines full version (5,30 min - available in Ukrainian with English subtitles), social media version (1 min - available in English).

Students in some of the pilot schools have produced short films documenting the experiences from their perspective. These films can be found here.

Related project or programme:

Supporting the resilience of Ukrainian school children through enhancing awareness of their living heritage

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