The Ukrainian Parliament approved a law No.0190, which ratifies the agreement with Finland on the implementation of the initiative dubbed 'Finnish support of the Ukrainian school reform'. 247 Ukrainian MPs voted for the bill.
Finland is to assign six million Euros for this initiative. The Ukrainian side will provide no funds on this matter; however, it is going to send a team of competent state employees to participate in the project. The Ministry will also provide a room for the office for the project's needs.
The project is to implement within four years. It consists of three key directions - preparation of primary school teachers, promotion of education and improvement of the education environment.
Ukraine and Finland signed the respective agreement in Kyiv in March 2018.
Finnish education system is considered the most effective in the world. It offers several stages of the education process, such as early childhood education and care; pre-primary education (1 year, compulsory); basic education (9 years, compulsory); upper secondary education, vocational and/or general education (3-4 years), higher education in universities and universities of applied sciences (UAS).
The new law on education was signed by Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko on September 25. In particular, it introduces a 12-year-long school program and limits the number of subjects taught in the languages of national minorities. It is noted that Ukraine will stay within its international and legal commitments, particularly, it will continue to provide free and comprehensive development of the citizens, particularly, the representatives of the national minorities and provide the sufficient proportion of the education at the languages of the minorities in the primary and secondary school in addition to the learning of the state language. This particular decision evoked outrage in Moldova, Romania, Russia, and Hungary. Budapest even threatened to slow down the process of Ukraine’s integration with the EU.