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Ukraine: a country on the path of being reconstructed

After the political decay of the Soviet Union from 1991 onwards, the interest in independent education grew in the former Soviet republic and the second largest country in Europe. From 1993 onwards, the first Ukrainian Waldorf kindergartens and schools emerged.

Since 1995, there is a teacher and educators training facility in Odessa and since 1998 there is a second teacher training opportunity offered in the capital Kiev. Three years later the specialist subject teacher training was added and in 2000 the class teacher and specialist teacher training in Dnepropetrovsk opened.

Even after the Orange Revolution of 2005, the political, economic and social situation in Ukraine remains extremely difficult. High prices and very low wages go hand in hand with the increasing impoverishment of the population. Many parents and educators take on considerable efforts and restrictions on themselves, to enable their children to attend a Waldorf kindergarten.

Some Waldorf schools are run as private schools without any government support, and therefore ensuring survival is extremely difficult for them. This is the case especially in Kiev and Odessa.

At present there are private and public Waldorf kindergartens and schools in five cities throughout the country (Kharkov, Dnepropetrovsk, Odessa, Kiev and Kryvyj Rih). There are also Waldorf educational initiatives in Zaporizhia and Crimea, and in Kharkov there is a curative education facility.

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