Kiev and Kyrgyzstan: Innovations in Education

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The opportunity to develop and deliver training to professionals working with children with disabilities in Ukraine and Kyrgyzstan has established a unique collaboration. Creative learning methods employed within an atmosphere of mutual respect, have facilitated the exchange of ideas, values and beliefs about the needs of vulnerable and stigmatised children. Training has helped to enhance knowledge and understanding of issues pertinent to contemporary practice and enabled the development of practical skills and methods for the delivery of care in under-resourced areas of practice. The need for long term sustainability in training and the value of networking has been acknowledged by those in a position to facilitate change. Most significantly, the anonymous child has become a central focus for service planning for the future.


Keywords: Collaboration, Education, Children, Disabilities, Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan
Stream: Education and Social Welfare
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Jill Jesper

Programme Leader, Faculty of Medicine
School of Nursing and Midwifery, The University of Sheffield

Sheffield, South Yorkshire, UK

Jill is primarily a learning disability nurse and has been lecturing in this and associated fields for 22 years. In recent years, her international interests have taken her to Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine and Central Asia and helped her to establish strong links with fellow professionals in the care of people with learning disability. Her participation in a European Commission funded training project in Ukraine led to her being awarded the Royal College of Nursing (UK) Robert Tiffany International Award, and helped her to realize a new opportunity for training in the under-resourced Batken Province of Krygyzstan, Central Asia.

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