Wednesday, October 4 2017 23:30 EEST
Ukraine
President signed a decree preserving the status of "national" of Taras Shevchenko University “Chernihiv Collegium”: It is a great honor and responsibility
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In the course of the working trip to Chernihiv region, President Petro Poroshenko met with the staff of Taras Shevchenko University “Chernihiv Collegium” and signed a decree preserving the status of "national" of this educational institution.

The Head of State reminded that the institution officially celebrated the 100th anniversary last year. However, the university is much older, since its roots date back to the time of the famous Chernihiv Collegium, founded under the patronage of Hetman Ivan Mazepa. "It's good that you return to the origins, to the sources of your own history. It is nice that you have been heard and the Government has finally legalized the name "Taras Shevchenko National University "Chernihiv Collegium". But in order to launch this process, the President's decree is necessary. Therefore, I sign a decree to preserve the status of "national" of your university," Petro Poroshenko emphasized.

The President emphasized: "This is a fair and deserved decision. The return to history is an extremely important thing – it is a recognition of your present achievements and a loan for the future. Because the national status is not only a great honor but also a great responsibility," he added. The Head of State remarked that the University of Chernihiv became alma mater for many thousands of highly skilled professionals, in particular Pavlo Tychyna and Hryhoriy Veryovka. Nowadays a new generation of Ukrainians - highly educated, talented and patriotic citizens - is being raised in the institution. "Especially we are proud of those who defended the Homeland from the Russian aggression," the President noted. The attendees honored memory of six university students who gave their lives in the struggle for independence, freedom, sovereignty and every piece of the Ukrainian land.

The Head of State called on the educational staff and students to support changes in the field of education and to engage in the development and implementation of the principles of a new Ukrainian school. He noted that pedagogy would be an important direction of the updated university. "After all, you must ensure the training of teachers who will come tomorrow to an updated Ukrainian school. I believe that Taras Shevchenko National University "Chernihiv Collegium" will loudly declare its new achievements not only in Ukraine, but also far beyond its borders," he said.

Petro Poroshenko added that educational reform is very important, inter alia, for the protection of national identity. "In no way claiming to reduce the study of any other languages, including the languages of national minorities, we require a person who graduated from school to know our Ukrainian language. This is the protection of his or her rights - because without knowledge of the language, a person will not find a job, will not be able to work, will not be able to live a normal life," the President emphasized, noting that the more languages a person knows, the better it is.

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