SOCIAL, HEALTH RECOVERY & LEARNING, CHARITABLE EDUCATION PROGRAMS and ARTS PROGRAMS for socially disadvantaged children and young people, children from large and low-income families, children and young people with special needs and internally displaced persons assume a prominent place in the International Educational Cultural Association’s activities.
For many years the INTERNATIONAL EDUCATIONAL CULTURAL ASSOCIATION has been cooperating with the Kyiv City Center for Social Services for Family, Children and Youth in implementing the multi-year charitable arts program which promotes the organization of the “BELIEVE IN OURSELVES” Kyiv City Festival of Children and Youth Arts and of the “WARM HOUSE” Family Meetings Club which brings together families raising children with special needs and supports clubs that operate locally.
In April 2016, the INTERNATIONAL EDUCATIONAL CULTURAL ASSOCIATION signed the Agreement on International Cooperation and Professional Relations with the Spanish Christian Association “Asociación de Obras Cristianas de Gibraleón”. The parties agreed to implement the “HARMONY” INTERNATIONAL MULTIFACETED PROGRAM designed to meet the social, educational and cultural needs of the program participants and to enhance the opportunities for their self-determination, intellectual, moral, physical development, creative realization and encourage spiritual growth.
The INTERNATIONAL CHARITABLE PROGRAM “HARMONY” provides for the organization of health recovery, recreation and SOCIAL REHABILITATION for the victims of the war in eastern Ukraine, including:
- parents and children from family-type orphanages and large families, all registered as internally displaced persons;
- combatants involved in the anti-terrorist operation, wounded and injured or crippled in the ATO Zone;
- persons released from captivity;
- teachers and schoolers residing within the line of demarcation and the ATO Zone;
- families in which one of the parents was killed (reported missing or died as a result of the injury) in the ATO Zone.
During October-November 2016, the La Antilla resort (Andalusia, Spain) welcomed the Ukrainian delegation arrived under the first 30-day Health Recovery & Learning program in the fulfillment of the AGREEMENT signed and objectives set forth by the INTERNATIONAL PROGRAM “HARMONY”. The delegation consisted of 39 persons including parents and children from nine foster and large families from the Donetsk and Luhansk Regions, all registered as internally displaced persons. The Spanish side bore the accommodation, meals and sightseeing costs, and the INTERNATIONAL EDUCATIONAL CULTURAL ASSOCIATION covered the program participants’ travel and administrative costs. A great deal of assistance and support under the rehabilitation program for large families from Ukraine were provided by the People’s Deputy of Ukraine Oksana Bilozir and by the Consul of Ukraine in Malaga Oleg Vlasenko.
In February 2020, the INTERNATIONAL EDUCATIONAL CULTURAL ASSOCIATION in partnership with its UK Branch International Educational Cultural Company and with the British Charitable Foundation “Sincere Education and Cultural Development” (SECD) started the “OPEN WORLD” Multi-Year International Charitable Health Recovery & Learning Program for vulnerable children and youth with special needs.The first participants of this Ukrainian-British project were teachers and students from the Education and Rehabilitation Centre No. 6 in Kyiv.
British non-governmental organizations Action on Hearing Loss, Royal Association for Deaf people (RAD), and Heathlands School for Deaf Children joined their efforts to develop the best health recovery & learning program for the Ukrainian delegation.
The onset of the acquaintance between the program participants was dynamic, and the Ukrainian side took their first British Sign Language lessons. Presentation video prepared by the Heathlands School for Deaf Children for the Education and Rehabilitation Centre No. 6 in Kyiv: https://www.facebook.com/421651231280380/videos/205990240459138/
The organizers of the “OPEN WORLD” International Program are determined to facilitate the establishment of professional relations and exchange of teaching practices, and to provide guidance and support for the agreements on international cooperation and professional relations signed directly between the Education and Rehabilitation Centre No. 6 in Kyiv and the Heathlands School for Deaf Children, St. Alban.