Ukraine: Christians to establish kindergartens, schools and educational institutions of secondary education
The Verkhovna Rada (VR) of Ukraine registered bill №1447 “On ensuring citizens' rights to freedom of thought and religion in education,” which will allow churches and religious organizations to establish kindergartens, schools and educational institutions of secondary education, reports The Christian Telegraph in reference to the press service of MP of VR Paul Unguryan.
The author of the bill is Paul Unguryan, the deputy of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, and the chairman of the inter-faction deputy association “For spirituality, morality and health of Ukraine,” noted that the adoption of this law will give the right to churches and religious organizations to establish kindergartens, schools and educational institutions of secondary education. “As you know, until now the state only recognized diplomas of religious institutions. But for us the most important thing is that it is in kindergardens and schools, founded by churches, so it would be a spiritual education and formation of our children,” said the deputy.
This bill was commented by Basiliy Zhukovsky, a Doctor of Education, Master of Theology, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, National University “Ostrog Academy,” and rector of the church of St. Fedor Ostrozhskiy. “If we take the example of Western countries, which our country tries to follow as an example, religious educational institutions are very popular, because they provide a high level of both training and education of their students, which may not always be provided in public schools. Therefore, for Ukraine this bill is a positive tendency,” he said.
The numerous appeals of Christian communities served as an incitement for this legislative initiative, but they have met a lot of obstacles to the creation of different levels of education.
Paul Unguryan urged churches to pray for the adoption of the bill.