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President criticizes boarding school system reform quality

Posted by the Editor on October 27, 2011


News / 27 October 2011 | 18:00

President criticizes boarding school system reform quality

President criticizes boarding school system reform quality

It is urgently necessary to reform the system of boarding schools in Ukraine and provide them with funding by the “money follows the child” principle, President Viktor Yanukovych said at the nationwide meeting on children’s rights protection.

“It is time to introduce targeted funding of children’s needs, rather than that of boarding schools… In four years of reforming boarding schools system the Cabinet still has not adopted the provisions on new type institutions,” Viktor Yanukovych said. He added that international organizations, charitable foundations, religious communities have already created such institutions in Chernivtsi, Kirovohrad, Kyiv and Cherkasy regions, but their activities are not regulated by the Ukrainian law.

“Practical results are too little so far. Numerous instructions on improving living and education conditions for children at such institutions are barely fulfilled. Newspapers are full of children telling about violations of their rights by the employees of the institutions,” Viktor Yanukovych said.

Despite the increase in budget spending on children in boarding schools, most of these funds are directed to address the needs these institutions’ employees, rather than those of the children, he said.

“This situation is unacceptable. This issue requires immediate resolution,” said Viktor Yanukovych.

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Ukraine may win from growth of planet’s population

Posted by the Editor on October 27, 2011


News / 27 October 2011 | 17:40

Ukraine may win from growth of planet's population

Ukraine may win from growth of planet’s population

Ukraine may win from a growth of the planet’s population, the number of which will exceed seven billion in the nearest days, Professor Dr. Alfons Balmann of the Institute of Agricultural Development in Central and Eastern Europe has said, UKRINFORM reported.

“With growth in the number of population, demand for agrarian products is expected. But this is related also to a growth of requirements to quality. I.e. demand will grow not only for grain crops, but for highly-qualified products – meat, vegetables, milk. This will lead to additional growth of prices. Ukraine has potential of the world’s granary, which can make a great contribution to an increase of the offer of products in the world. In other words, Ukraine may win from a growth of the planet’s population, if it manages to fully realize its potential,” the scientist said.

Speaking about the state of agriculture in Ukraine, Balmann noted “Over recent years this state has tangibly improved. But till now there are many problems, both external and internal. In Ukraine, till now there are problems with corruption and observation of legislation. Unpredictability of the policy is a particularly sharp problem.”

Nevertheless he believes that despite the expected raise of demand for products, Ukraine will not become the agrarian superpower. “The matter is that Ukraine is only one of the countries among others, in which expansion of agrarian production takes place. Taking into consideration growth of demand, in many world regions money is invested in agriculture. Ukraine may claim for a great part of this pie. But it will not have a decisive influence on the world markets,” Balmann summed up.

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President: It is necessary to promote children adoption more actively

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News / 27 October 2011 | 17:20

President: It is necessary to promote children adoption more actively

President: It is necessary to promote children adoption more actively

It is necessary to improve the work to promote children adoption in our country, President Viktor Yanukovych said at today’s nationwide meeting on children’s rights protection. He said he is concerned about the situation in social protection of orphans and children deprived of parental care, ForUm learned from the presidential press office.

“We should improve the work, overcome stereotypes in such a sensitive area as adoption, better inform citizens, engage the media in this noble cause more effectively,” he said. He added that, unfortunately, over the past two years the number of children adopted by the citizens of Ukraine has been falling continuously.

“We must do everything so that every child deprived of parental care, regardless of age and health, was adopted by citizens of Ukraine and stayed in Ukraine,” he said.

According to Viktor Yanukovych, it is also necessary to review the practice of social support for families raising children with disabilities or those in need of special government support for other reasons.

Currently, the question of such families receiving state financial aid has been settled, President Yanukovych said. “The next step would be enhancing psychological and pedagogical support of these families,” Viktor Yanukovych said.

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Ukraine to EU: We welcome the resolution, but don’t want to wait for 30 years

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News / 27 October 2011 | 16:54

Ukraine to EU: We welcome the resolution, but don't want to wait for 30 years

Ukraine to EU: We welcome the resolution, but don’t want to wait for 30 years

Foreign Ministry of Ukraine welcomes the resolution of the European Parliament, which offers Ukraine a European prospective after achievement of certain criteria, FM spokesman Oleg Voloshyn told a briefing.

“Foreign Minsitry welcomes the decision to recognize Ukraine’s aspirations pursuant to Article 49 of the Treaty on European Union, provided that all criteria are met. It is a big victory for Ukraine,” he said.

Voloshyn informed that the next round of talks between Ukraine and EU on Association agreement will be held soon, and expressed a hope the EU representatives will take into account the resolution of the European Parliament.

At the same time Voloshyn declared that Foreign Ministry of Ukraine does not want to conclude an open-ended agreement on Association with the EU.

“We don’t want an open-ended agreement. It means that Ukraine can be at the same stage of relations with the EU for 20 or 30 years,” he said.

According to the FM spokesman, setting up of a certain expiry date would motivate the EU to pass to a new level of relations with Ukraine in the future.

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President’s aid proposes to unite two ministries into one

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News / 27 October 2011 | 16:33

President's aid proposes to unite two ministries into one

President’s aid proposes to unite two ministries into one

Aid of the president of Ukraine Anna Herman believes it is expedient to unite some ministries and departments of the current government into one institution.

In an interview with Weekly.ua Herman said she stands for formation of one Ministry of education, culture and information.

“The idea of merging of ministries of education and culture, adding the department on information is worth to be considered. These are interrelated issues, but decisions on them are not coordinated in different departments. That’s why we have such hodgepodge in our humanitarian policy,” Herman noted.

The President’s aid states that merging of ministries will, first of all, save maintenance costs. “But the main point is that we will have coordinated work in the spheres of education, culture and information technologies,” she added.

Presently there are two ministries, functioning separately: Education Ministry headed by Dmytro Tabachnyk and Ministry of culture headed by Mykhailo Kulyniaka.

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President: Building modern perinatal centers and children’s hospitals will improve medical services for children

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News / 27 October 2011 | 16:02

President: Building modern perinatal centers and children's hospitals will improve medical services for children

President: Building modern perinatal centers and children’s hospitals will improve medical services for children

Successful implementation of national projects to construct prenatal centers and children’s hospitals is extremely important, President Viktor Yanukovych said at today’s nationwide meeting on children’s rights protection, ForUm learned from the presidential press office.

“I am confident that in modern times, successful implementation of national projects to construct perinatal centers and modern children’s hospitals will significantly improve the quality of medical services for children,” he said.

The President said that currently, the problem of ensuring children their right to healthy development is extremely acute in Ukraine. He reiterated that maternity and children protection remains an integral part of reforming national healthcare.

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EP resolution insists Tymoshenko allowed to participate in the forthcoming elections

Posted by the Editor on October 27, 2011


News / 27 October 2011 | 15:37

EP resolution insists Tymoshenko allowed to participate in the forthcoming elections

EP resolution insists Tymoshenko allowed to participate in the forthcoming elections

In its joint motion for a resolution on current developments in Ukraine, approved today by the European parliament, members of the parliament deplore the sentencing of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko as a violation of human rights and an abuse of the judiciary for the purpose of the political suppression of Ukraine’s leading opposition politician.

According to the resolution, ‘the law selectively applied against Tymoshenko dates back to Soviet times and makes provision for criminal prosecution for political decisions,’ which do not conform to European and UN standards.

The European Parliament urges the Ukrainian authorities to ensure a fair, transparent and impartial legal process should Yulia Tymoshenko appeal against her conviction, and in the other trials against members of the former government. MEPs also insist that Yulia Tymoshenko should be allowed to exercise her right to participate fully in the political process both as of now and in the forthcoming elections in Ukraine.

The European Parliament has also paid attention to the trial over former Minister of the Interior, Yuri Lutsenko, expressing concern at his continued detention.

In the resolution MEPs pointed out that a failure to review Yulia Tymoshenko’s conviction will jeopardise the conclusion of the Association Agreement and its ratification, while pushing the country further away from the realisation of its European perspective.

The document reads that the EP “insists that all judicial proceedings against former and current senior government officials should be conducted in accordance with European standards of fairness, impartiality, transparency and independence.”

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President: Ensuring children’s right for education is undisputed priority of state policy

Posted by the Editor on October 27, 2011


News / 27 October 2011 | 14:00

President: Ensuring children's right for education is undisputed priority of state policy

President: Ensuring children’s right for education is undisputed priority of state policy

Ensuring children’s rights to education remains an undisputed top priority of Ukraine’s state policy, President Viktor Yanukovych said at today’s nationwide meeting on children’s rights protection. 

“Parents should have a guarantee that the learning process for their children will be improved,” he said, ForUm learned from the presidential press office. 

In particular, he noted, despite some progress there are problems in ensuring children’s preschool education and there are no significant changes in school education. 

“The percentage of our youngest citizens in pre-school education throughout the state in general does not exceed 56% … Although the number of such education facilities has increased slightly, they provide services to only about 37% of children,” said Viktor Yanukovych. 

Urgent is also the problem of providing access to educational institutions for children with special needs, the President said. According to him, only half of the educational institutions in Ukraine are fully or partially available for these children. 

“That is certainly unacceptable. I would like to re-emphasize the need for cooperation between the government and local communities in addressing the problem of secondary schools network optimization,” said Viktor Yanukovych.

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