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The Rinat Akhmetov Foundation and the Institute of Education Content Modernization of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine have signed a Memorandum of Cooperation. One of the first initiatives in the framework of the joint agreement will be an essay competition for schoolchildren on the topic “The day the war began for you”. It will be held within the framework of the project One Day initiated by the Museum of Civilian Voices of the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation.

‘The competition is timed to coincide with the International Day of Peace. Its participants are schoolchildren of 9-12 forms. The best works of the contestants will be posted on the website of the Museum of Civilian Voices of the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation. The Museum is the source of true stories of Donbass Civilians told from the first person, by own voices of people who have gone through the horrors of hostilities in the east of the country. It has already collected over 2,000 stories, which makes the Museum the largest collection of eyewitnesses’ accounts of these events in Ukraine. It is intended to cover as widely as possible the main and most painful topic of armed conflicts – the fate of civilians. One Day is one of the projects of the Museum of Civilian Voices, a project about how important it is to remember the past for a better future. For every person, the day of the beginning of the war is their own, personal, associated with memories, tragedies, losses and the realization that it will never be the same as before. This is not one day, but dozens and hundreds of different days that have changed many lives forever,’ said Iryna Blazhan, Director of Projects and Programs at the Foundation.

She reminded that thanks to the support of Rinat Akhmetov, five million people survived. This is a unique scale of one person help, which is of enormous value. The Foundation itself, over the entire period of its activity, spearheaded breakthroughs in many social areas. This became possible thanks to the decision of Rinat Akhmetov to implement national-level projects intended to create a better future.

In turn, the director of the Institute of Education Content Modernization Yevhen Bazhenkov noted that the signing of the Memorandum is a milestone event.

‘This is the beginning of a collaboration that aims to get children involved in writing essays on the occasion of the International Day of Peace. We hope that in the future this initiative will spread throughout the country,’ added Yevhen Bazhenkov.

The Rinat Akhmetov Foundation has been implementing educational projects in close cooperation with the state for many years.

Thus, in 2020, the Foundation, together with the Ministry of Health of Ukraine, held two online conferences for doctors working with artificial lung ventilation devices. More than 2,000 Ukrainian doctors took part in online training from the Foundation. Together with the Ministry of Digital Transformation, an educational series Quarantine: Online Services for Teachers was created. And for children on lockdown, the project Digital Physical Education was launched, which received the prestigious international IPRA Golden World Awards for creativity, quality of strategy and results achieved.