On January 17, 2023, the second round of the winter school "EduWell Support Initiative - Empowering Professionals for Inclusive Education in Eastern Europe" took place for the students of Kryvyi Rih State Pedagogical University. Our event marked the identification of new perspectives for the development of inclusive education in Ukraine.


Instructors, Dr Katerina Bondar and Dr Olha Bilozir, gathered impressions from students after an inspiring lecture delivered by Professor Thomas Barow on January 16. The lecture illuminated the Ukrainian system and realities in inclusive education, providing insights into the evaluation system for winter school projects, including essay writing and testing.


 A special emphasis was placed on the inclusive component of education in Ukraine. Dr Katerina Bondar discussed the "Regulatory And Legislative Framework For Inclusive Education in Ukraine." This meeting segment is based on the results of implementing the project "Support for Inclusive Education in Kryvyi Rih," successfully carried out with the support of GIZ GmbH in 2018-2019, in collaboration with Dr Katerina Bondar as an expert.image4.png

Interested parties can find lecture materials from Ukrainian and Swedish participants on Google Drive via the link.

We extend our gratitude to all participants for their active involvement and interest in deepening knowledge of inclusive education!

This project was created with support from the Swedish-Ukrainian Contact Seminar 2023 and the Erasmus Office Ukraine.

📚🌈 #Inclusion #Education #KryvyiRih #KSPU #WinterSchool2024



image.pngProject Overview:

Welcome to the "EduWell Support" initiative! Our mission is to enhance the competencies of education professionals in Ukraine and Sweden, with a primary focus on strengthening the inclusive welfare framework within the education system. We are dedicated to providing crucial support to children facing challenging life situations.


1. Develop and assure the competences of teachers, psychologists, and other professionals through targeted education programs.

2. Improve access to quality education within an inclusive welfare system, fostering holistic support for vulnerable children.


In challenging life situations, children heavily rely on professional support, especially in schools. Our project recognizes schools as significant socialization institutions, emphasizing the pivotal role of universities in educating professionals.

Interdisciplinary Approach:

We advocate for an interdisciplinary approach, consolidating various competencies crucial for a holistic field of work. This ensures effective collaboration among educators, special educators, psychologists, and school social workers.

EU's Eastern Partnership:

Ukraine plays a pivotal role within the EU's Eastern Partnership, facing challenges posed by Russian aggression. The ongoing situation poses an immediate and fundamental threat to the country's civil society institutions, including universities, schools, and NGOs.

Upcoming Events:
1) 16 January 2024, Tuesday, 10:15–12:00 (European time) 11:15–13:00 (Ukrainian time)
“What is special education?”
Lecture with Professor Thomas Barow, Örebro University, Sweden
(Zoom meeting link will be sent to your email)
2) 17 January 2024, Wednesday, 10:00-11:00 (Ukrainian time)
Explanation and preparation of students for upcoming seminars
Meeting with Dr. Bondar Kateryna (in English), Kryvyi Rih State Pedagogical University, Ukraine
(Zoom meeting link will be sent to your email)
3) 31 January 2024, Wednesday, 10.15–12.00 (European time) 11:15–13:00 (Ukrainian time)
“Inclusion: a multifaceted concept”
Lecture with Professor Thomas Barow, Örebro University, Sweden
(Zoom meeting link will be sent to your email)
4) 5 February 2024, Monday, 9.15–10.00 (European time) 10:15–11:00 (Ukrainian time)
“Children’s experiences and special education in wartime”
Online seminar
(Zoom meeting link will be sent to your email)


Certificates will be provided to active participants in the seminars.

Additional Resources:

Access preparatory materials for the seminars https://forms.gle/KyNA2k3NwT991Vbs5

Project Credits:

Project created with support from the Swedish-Ukrainian Contact Seminar 2023 (https://www.uhr.se/om-uhr/Konferenser/contact-seminar-2023) and the National Erasmus+ Office in Ukraine & HERE team (special thanks to Shytikova Svitlana (https://www.facebook.com/svitlana.shytikova).
Join us in shaping the future of inclusive education! ������ #EduWellSupport #InclusiveEducation #ProfessionalDevelopment #ErasmusUA


This has been one of the most enjoyable experiences for me this year, associated with conducting workshops as part of the DAAD scholarship at the International Psychoanalytic University Berlin.



There are several reasons for this. Firstly, the art therapy workshops were based on my previous experience implementing a trauma-sensitive approach in psychotherapy with children and adolescents who have suffered from the war in Ukraine in the preceding months. Therefore, it provided rich material in terms of case studies and techniques for working with art.


Secondly, as a psychologist and artist by education, art therapy is my passion. Therefore, it was a pleasure for me to share some results and techniques during the first workshop in November on sensorimotor art therapy with bachelor's and master's students at the University of Berlin. I feel the powerful potential of the sensorimotor art therapy process, utilizing movement, rhythm, and the body's experience in working with traumatic experiences through art.

In December, we implemented one of my favorite themes in the workshop - working with sculptural materials in art therapy and techniques that are relevant in the context of psychological support in dealing with complex emotions. I can affirm a subtle reflective connection with the group, from working with whom I derived satisfaction as an instructor and deep psychological interest as a researcher.


Unfortunately, the current online learning environment in Ukraine encourages professors to use digital tools in art therapy. Nevertheless, I remain steadfast in trusting the hands-on work with art materials as a healing tool for traumatic experiences. Therefore, the last point in my writing, though not the least significant, was the conduct of workshops in the traditional classroom format.

For me, this was the pivotal experience that has left my heart in Berlin.

The material was prepared by PhD Kateryna Bondar.


In order to raise the educational, research and administrative activities of the university to the level of international standards, strengthen the research potential of the university, improve the attractiveness of the university for students and partners, and meet the university's educational needs, the Kyiv State Pedagogical University an institution that provides training for competitive professionals on the basis of sustainable personal and professional development; expands the geography of international partnership; creates joint research networks with foreign higher education institutions, research institutions, organizations; joins international student mobility, academic exchanges; conducts joint research work and provides educational services to foreign citizens.

International activities are implemented by concluding agreements and memoranda, involving research and teaching staff of the university in international projects and programs, conducting foreign internships, language testing and summer schools in foreign languages for students and staff of the university with the support of international partners from Germany, Canada, USA, Spain, Poland, Moldova, Kazakhstan and others. The theme of cooperation is the joint scientific work of scientists in the field of pedagogy and humanities.

Thus, in 2017, KSPU joined the Leadership Development Program of Ukrainian universities with the support of the British Council and the Leadership Foundation (UK) with the project "Image of the University as a result of its social capital formation."

During the summer holidays on the basis of the university with the support of representatives of Trinity Western University (Canada) there was a traditional summer school for learning English (Summer English Institute).


With the support of the Goethe-Institut and the German Academic Exchange Service, the university's research and teaching staff are undergoing internships in Germany, and students have the opportunity to receive scholarships to study at a German summer school.

Important for the development of the university's potential was the implementation in 2017 of the #StudHub Youth Center project within the Metinvest group's City with Our Hands social program and with the assistance of the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ).

In 2017, the University joined the Erasmus + mobility program in the direction of KA1 with the University of Granada (Spain), which provides for exchanges of students and research and teaching staff, as well as internships at the University of Granada.