Opening statement of A.S. Baz, Head of Vocational Training Development
Village Nikolai-Pole, Zaporozhye district, Zaporozhye region
The opening ceremony of the New Hope Production-and-Training Center was held on 11 September 2012. In July the Center got a license of the Ministry of Education of Ukraine to provide training services for the specialty ‚ÄúCattle Production‚ÄĚ, and thus became the first non-governmental vocational school in Ukraine. High-quality training at a modern dairy farm will allow its alumni to become real professionals in demand in their area of specialization.
Creation of the New Hope Production-and-Training Center was initiated by a Canadian family of John and Evelyn Wience and a Canadian farmer Garry Verhoog. The Center was supported by the Scientific and Methodological Center of Vocational Training in Zaporozhye region, which facilitated the development of a training schedule and the professional training of the educators of the New Hope.
From the left to the right: M.V. Olipherovsky (Director of the Center), John and Evelyn Wience (founders of the Center), A.I. Matveyeva (Head of the Service for Children in Zaporozhye region), A. S. Baz (Head of Vocational Training Development in Zaporozhye region)
The key objectives of the New Hope PTC are delivering high-quality training services to its students as well as helping them acquire moral and ethical values such as love to their work, their land, and their nation.
The Center welcomes its first students
The New Hope PTC is unique due to its social focus. The Center provides training services to children coming from orphanages as well as large and low-income families. It has a special accommodation program, giving its students who are orphans an opportunity to live not in a dormitory, but in families together with their mentors, where such young people will be able to go through post-orphanage adaptation, socialize in society, and also get acquainted with family models and family values.
First students of the New Hope PTC at the opening ceremony
Special guests of the opening ceremony who presented their welcoming statements were Alexander Baz, Head of Vocational Training Development at the Education and Science Department of Zaporozhye Regional State Administration, and Antonina Matveyeva, Head of the Service for Children in Zaporozhye region as well as Timophei Shapovalov, Chair of the Nikolai Pole Village Council. The speakers wished the teaching staff of the Hew Hope PTC success in the development of the Center and also good students who will become its decent graduates.
Students of the New Hope PTC at a class