Sooner or later everyone comes to God
Liliya Hrynevych is not only the recipient of Ukraine’s Best Educator award (2005) but also Ukraine’s current Education Minister. In a recent interview for A Word to the Teacher, a Christian educators’ magazine supported by EEM, she commented on the need of teaching Christian Ethics in Ukrainian schools.
“A course that is focused on morals and ethics needs to be a mandatory part of the curriculum,” she stated, adding that teachers need to be equipped for this task because “[i]f a teacher is not ready for a tough discussion, the course itself gets discredited.” Thus, it is also essential that Ukraine raises qualified professionals able to teach Christian Ethics.
Ms. Hrynevych believes Ethics is of utmost importance in today’s day and age. “We cannot put our children under a hood to protect them from information,” she argues. “What we must do is to teach them the criteria to be able to discern between good and bad and to make the right ethical choice in a difficult situation.”
So why Christian Ethics in particular? To this, Ms. Hrynevych also has an answer: “Sooner or later, everyone comes to God. If we can do it earlier and build a natural relationship between the child and God, the child’s life will be much easier. If this doesn’t happen, sooner or later life difficulties or some other reasons give people this unique experience.”
This is a message we strongly believe in and we will do our best to support it. Over the last few years, we’ve already supplied more than 1,000,000 copies of Bibles and other Christian materials to Ukraine’s schools—and we pray we can reach many more yet, so that all children in Ukraine can come to know God.
To read the full interview (in English), click here. The original text (in Ukrainian) can be found here.