Formed in 1953 the Educational Council’s top priority is the education of young Ukrainians in America, as well as the reform of education in Ukraine. The Council coordinates the activities of the Ukrainian "Saturday" schools in the United States, organizes teaches workshops, conferences and seminars, publishes textbooks and other material for schooling.
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The Educational Council was organized in 1953 during a school Conference. These delegates from 22 schools decided to form a central body that would provide supervision and give directions for the maintenance of the Ukrainian private school system. The goal of the Ukrainian school became "the preservation by the American Ukrainians of the Ukrainian language and the culture of their forefathers. Thus they will become fully worthy citizens of their new country the United States".
The network of Ukrainian Saturday schools now stretches across the United States, from Boston, MA to Los Angeles, CA. The programs, which normally run from kindergarten to the eleventh grade, teach Ukraine’s literature, history, geography and culture. All classes are taught in the Ukrainian languages, stressing both written and spoken Ukrainian.
The Council organizes teacher’s workshops for educators both in the United States as well as from Ukraine, and fine-tunes methods of instruction. Most recently the Education Council has published grammar, history and literature textbooks for use by students throughout Ukraine.
Since Ukraine’s independence, the Council has established a close working relationship with Ukraine's Ministry of Education and many of its publications serve as basic texts of study in Ukraine. They also closely with the Ukraine’s Ministry of Culture, Prosvita Society, universities, libraries and other educational institutions throughout Ukraine. Thousands of textbooks have been disseminated throughout Ukraine, free of cost.
The Educational Council of the UCCA is the central organ of the Saturday Schools of Ukrainian Studies. It provides direction, control, information and textbooks for the schools under its jurisdiction. The first chairman of the Educational Council was Prof. Edward Zharskyi, who served 1953-54. He was followed by M. Kalyna (1954-61), E. Zharskyj again (1961-1977), followed by R. Drazhniowskyj (1977-83) and E. Fedorenko from 1983 until the present.