“Tkuma” Ukrainian Institute for Holocaust Studies continues seminars with Ukrainian educators. It is clear that under the conditions of Russia's full-scale aggression against Ukraine, educational work takes place mostly online.
Scientists and educators who have found themselves in different parts of Ukraine and the world take part in online conferences and zoom meetings. However, the work does not stop, which is especially important in the face of the challenges of modern war, which is part of the struggle to preserve the true historical memory.
Staff of “Tkuma” Institute also take an active part in all-Ukrainian educational forums and meetings. One of such important events on April 22, was a meeting of the Working Group of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine to improve existing state history curricula. The meeting was initiated by Raisa Yevtushenko, Chief Specialist of the Department of General Secondary and Preschool Education of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine, and Liudmyla Hrynevych, Doctor of Historical Sciences, Leading Research Fellow, Institute of Ukrainian History, Director of the Ukrainian Holocaust Research and Education Center (HREC in Ukraine).
The Working Group included well-known scientists and educators, including Konstantin Bakhanov, Doctor of Pedagogical Sciences, Professor of the Department of Law at Berdyansk State Pedagogical University; Ihor Gyrych, Doctor of Historical Sciences, Head of the Department of the Institute of Ukrainian Archaeography and Source Studies of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine named after M. Hrushevsky; Volodymyr Holovko, Candidate of Historical Sciences, Senior Research Fellow, Institute of History of Ukraine, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine; Tetiana Meleshchenko, Candidate of Historical Sciences, Associate Professor, Professor of the Department of Methods of Teaching Social Disciplines and Gender Education, Deputy Dean for Research at the Faculty of History and Philosophy of the National Pedagogical University; Pavlo Polyansky, Candidate of Historical Sciences, Deputy Secretary of State of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine and others, including the Director of “Tkuma” Institute Dr. Igor Shchupak.
In particular, Igor Shchupak together with prof. K. Bakhanov and Dr. Polyansky and other colleagues were tasked with reviewing and editing programs in world history, where special attention should be paid to the history of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. After all, it was during this period that the events of history took place, how our world was radically changed, including World War II and the Holocaust. This is especially important today, when the events of Russia's current war against Ukraine are compared to the events of World War II; compare the destruction of the Ukrainian population with the phenomenon of genocide, a clear example of which in the history of the twentieth century was the Holocaust.