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First Lady, New York Education Department discuss bullying prevention

Source : 112 Ukraine

According to a UNICEF report, 24% of Ukrainian pupils suffer bullying
14:32, 27 September 2018

Presidential Administration press office

Yesterday, within the 73rd UN General Assembly, Maryna Poroshenko, Ukraine’s First Lady, had a working meeting with the authority of New York Education Department, discussing prevention and counterwork of bullying, as the President’s Administration reports.

"Since bullying in the educational environment negatively affects the development of the child's personality and the formation of the system of values, it is very important to timely and effectively counteract violent and cruel behavior of the schoolchildren," Maryna Poroshenko noted.

At the meeting, she thanked the American side for cooperation which began in 2016, which facilitated crucial changes in the process of inclusive education in Ukraine.

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“Over this time, the number of students with special educational needs in our country, which moved from social isolation to education in ordinary schools, increased by 66%. Also, the network of inclusive resource centers is being actively developed in the country. These centers started functioning on September 1 under new, more progressive and qualitative approaches," the First Lady said.

Besides, the parties discussed the preparation of the students of the pedagogical profession to effective work with children with special educational needs. In particular, it was about the way to create a knowledge and skills system concerning the organization and introduction of inclusive education for children with special educational needs.

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“The parties agreed to continue fruitful cooperation in modernizing education in Ukraine and creating a tolerant, humane and safe atmosphere in the new Ukrainian school,” the message says.

Reportedly, at the UN General Assembly, Petro Poroshenko urged the UN to bring the peacekeeping mission to Donbas.

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