ratushny-2016-11-09.jpgThere was an interesting and lively debate during last night's audience with the Chair of the Ukrainian World Coordinating Council Chairman, Mykhailo Ratushny.

The main discussion centred around the needs of the diaspora and programmes that are created in Ukraine aimed at helping the diaspora. The audience raised questions about the usefulness of such programmes and whether everyone has the same perception of what the diaspora's needs really are.  This then generated exchanges about the suitablility of current textbooks for school children learning Ukrainian as a second language.  The fate of the former hub of Ukrainain academic activities in Sarcelles was also cited as a cause that requires urgent attention. The building and the invaluable archive that is stored there are rapidly deteriorating and could be lost forever if Ukraine's government and academic world fail to intervene. 

Other topics of discussion included the need for Ukraine to adopt similar principles to those actively pursued by other countries (eg. Poland) and to create, for example, National Ukrainain Institutes abroad. The Sarcelles centre and its archives could not only be saved and restored, but the building could also serve as a new National Ukrainian Instutute in France.

The meeting was useful because it was very passionate, frank and open. It provided an array of opinions, all aimed at developing and enhancing Ukrainian education and academia abroad.

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