"Tkuma" Institute has experience in organization and conduction of educational events for school and university students, school teachers. In cooperation with the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine, regional institutes of advanced teacher training, "Tkuma" Institute organized special system of seminars for improvement of teachers' skills.
"Tkuma" Institute has unique experience in creating textbooks. School History textbooks created by "Tkuma" Institute won All-Ukrainian State Contests and were released in hundreds of thousands of copies.
"Tkuma" Institute effectively cooperates with regional office of Junior Academy of Sciences. On the base of "Tkuma" Institute winter and summer sessions of JAS are conducted. During this events school students have an opportunity to work with the Holocaust museum holdings, consult the Institute and Museum research associates and meet famous Ukrainian and foreign scholars.
On July 14 – August 8 summer school “Jewish History and Multiethnic Past: Discussions and Approaches to Study of Society, Culture and Heritage in Central and Eastern Europe” was held in the Centre for Urban History (Lviv). Eighteen young scholars were selected on a competitive basis to take part in the event, among them – Dr. Oleksandra Leonova, “Tkuma” Institute Research Associate. The school was aimed at drawing attention of the young researchers to multiethnic past of Ukraine. The school focused on the Jewish history and Ukrainian culture and Central-Eastern Europe in general; however it suggested more complex approach, representing different national, social and individual prospects. This particular approach was aimed at giving impulse to historians to implement interdisciplinary approaches and multidimensional aspects of the study of societies, which had multiethnic and multicultural constituent, to encourage introduction of new contexts in researches of the history of Ukraine.
The multiplicity of identifications and identities – either national, religious, social or governmental, that were changing in time and space, passing through the family, neighborhood, districts, institutions and cities, in general – was integrated in seminars and lectures. Part of the program dealt with mass and usually violent changes in XX c., which took place in Central-Eastern Europe and left us competitive legacies which require research, study, analysis, interpretation, both public discussion and perpetuation.
Four-week program is a great opportunity to deepen knowledge and familiarize oneself with the latest approaches and debates in the study and teaching of multicultural heritage societies. Thus the school coordinators try to encourage young historians and humanists in the realization of the new research projects on the complex multi-ethnic past of Ukraine and application of the new methods and interpretations. “It’s important not only to raise awareness for destroyed and resettled communities, which populated the territory of modern Ukraine and the wider Central-Eastern region until World War II, but also to form new cultural and historical narratives including wider public discussions”, – the coordinators say.
Every day, except weekends, the participants attended: two classes on Yiddish and two classes on the history courses proposed. The classes were held in the form of lectures, seminars, debates, demonstrations and discussions of the feature and documentary films. For each course the textbook was prepared and sent to the participants the month and a half before the event, to make them ready for the classes.
The program also included guest lectures, discussions, film screening and excursions in Lviv and historic towns of Galicia. Two one-day seminars were planned as well – discussions on the role of museums in context of rich multiethnic past of Ukraine and challenges and perspectives in teaching multiethnic history of Ukraine in schools.
The program of summer school was implemented by lecturers from USA, Canada and Europe. School participants took lecture courses by Prof. Yohanan Petrovsky Shtern (Northwestern University, Illinois, USA) “Jews in Western Europe, 1772 – 1991”, Prof. Serhy Yekelchyk (University of Victoria, Canada) “Multiculturalism in Ukraine’s Revolutionary Age (1917 – 1930)”, Prof. John-Paul Himka (University of Alberta, Canada), Prof. Tarik Cyril Amar (Columbia University, USA). During the month the school students also took a language course of Yiddish, which was held by the true expert Dr. Joanna Lisek (Wroclaw University, Poland).
The course program included discussion and analysis of historic films, meetings with research workers and numerous round-table discussions. The lecture on Polish-Jewish relations during World War II in general and the role of the “navy-blue” and Polish police in extermination of Jews in particular, by Polish historian Yan Grabovsky was particularly interesting.
The tour program of the Fifth summer school “Lviv city tour “to the ZUNR localities” was very informative, as well as tour to Drohobych and Boryslav.
Dr. Leonova points out that the summer school opens new horizons for self-development and moreover the school became a great platform for establishment of the new professional contacts.
By the end of the summer school the participants received certificates.
On October 6 – 7, All-Ukrainian pedagogical seminar organized by the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine together with “Tkuma” Ukrainian Institute for Holocaust Studies took place in Kyiv. The event was dedicated to the discussion of the revised version of the history of Ukraine and World history curricula for general education institutions.
The 9th International Inter-religious Youth Seminar “The Ark” is over. The event was organized on July 19 – 29 and involved 36 participants. Traditionally, representatives of different nationalities (Ukrainians, Poles and Jews) from Ukraine became the participants, but this year Crimean Tatar youth was invited as well.
The main part of the seminar program took place at the Center for Peace and Reunification of the Parish of the Roman Catholic Church of the Visitation of Elisabeth by the Blessed Virgin Mary in Bilshivtsi (Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast).
Regular International Inter-religious Youth Seminar for Ukrainian, Polish and Jewish students “Ark 2013” was held in Bilshivtsi village (Ivano-Frankivsk region) on June 30 – July 7. The seminar was organized by: The Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Lviv, The Federation of Polish organizations in Ukraine, “Tkuma” (“Revival”) Ukrainian Institute for Holocaust Studies, Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv, Lviv City Palace of Culture named after Khotkevych. The project is implemented with the support of Foundation “Pomoc Polakom na Wschodzie”, The Conference on Jewish Material Claims against Germany “Claims Conference”, The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee “Joint” and The Dutch Jewish Humanitarian Fund “Dutch Fund”.
International Youth Forum “The Ark – 2012” has recently been finished. During these 9 days, from 2 till 10 of July, the participants got acquainted, were having fun, got new knowledge and enriched their intelligence.This year’s forum was held in the Franciscan Monastery, in the village Bilshivtsi, Galician district. The youth of three nationalities met there - Ukrainians, Poles and Jews.The event took place due to the assistance of “Tkuma” Aall-Ukrainian Center for Holocaust Studies in cooperation with the Consulate General of Poland in Lviv, Ministry of Education and Science, Youth and Sports of Ukraine, Federation of Polish organizations in Ukraine, Ukrainian Catholic University (Lviv). Among the participants of the seminar there were Yaroslav Drozd, the Consul General of Poland in Lviv; Nadiya Kytsela, district administration chief of staff; Myroslav Marynovych, Vice-Rector of the Ukrainian Catholic University; Semen Hluzman, former political prisoner; representatives of the Jewish community, the clergy.