We should create a single educational, culture and sports environment inside communities. Vice
Prime Minister /Minister of Regional Development, Construction, Housing and Utilities
Hennadii Zubko said at the
Forum "Ukraine on the path of decentralization in education."
According to him, 65% of schools are located in rural areas.
These are attended by 32% of students and 45% of teachers work there.
Expenditures per pupil in the village range from 20 to 60 thousand hryvnias annually. "However, the quality of education
in rural areas in most cases does not allow children living in rural areas to
be successful and competitive in the future. We must introduce a comprehensive
approach and create the educational environment inside the communities. It is a
way to provide high-quality services for rural residents", said Hennadii Zubko.
He announced that a decentralization reform had been
launched in education sector in 2016 – starting September 1 there had been
opened 19 hub schools in consolidated communities (CCs) in 12 areas.
"But nowadays, education without cultural space,
without filling our traditions with essence is incomplete. Therefore, the
format of the “National home” as a cultural hub must be built into the
educational space and infrastructure of the community. This implies not only a
library or a meeting place for the community’s members,
it is an opportunity for the revival and upholding of cultural values and
traditions of the community. In addition, together with hub schools we see
development of sports environment. I believe that the creation of a single educational, cultural and
sports environment inside communities is a necessary condition for our
children to grow up patriotic, well educated and competitive," said Hennady Zubko.