Dialogue with the Dalai Lama
A Nobel Peace Prize recipient, the 14th Dalai Lama is a humanist and human rights advocate, a paragon of resilience and mercy who is paid heed to by political and religious leaders of the world.
The Dalai Lama is invited to give lectures in governmental agencies and universities across the world; his books become global bestsellers. He has launched a constant practice of online meetings – dialogues with residents from different countries, the most recent ones having taken place in Great Britain, Taiwan, India. As these dialogues are broadcast globally, they take place at the same time of the day, 6:30 a.m. Kyiv time.
The opportunity to participate in an encounter with this prominent leader and to even ask him some questions is now granted to the Ukrainian public: EdCamp Ukraine has initiated this talk and it has now been scheduled
by the Dalai Lama’s office.
Dalai Lama says of himself that he is a human being first, and only then a Tibetan or a Buddhist. Thus, this will be a dialogue with the opinion and ideas leader, the advocate of peace in the world, not with the religious leader.
It should be noted that this meeting has been planned since long time ago and
is in no way related to any political parties or the election process.
Focus topics of the online meeting
EDUCATION FOR PEACE
Educating heart and mind
PEACE IN THE HUMAN WORLD
Is this mission ever possible?
THE PANDEMIC AND ITS EFFECT UPON HUMANITY
Lessons we must learn
The live broadcast schedule
On Oct. 20, 2020, at 6:30 Kyiv time, the 14th Dalai Lama and Nobel Peace Prize recipient will go live for the first time ever in a dialogue with the Ukrainian public. He will address the nation first, and then allow 30 minutes for questions and answers. Your question to the Dalai Lama might be among them!
The talk will be held in Ukrainian and English with two-language simultaneous interpretion and Ukrainian sing-language interpretion.
The live broadcast will be recorded and subsequently uploaded on EdCamp Ukraine’s YouTube channel.
The conversation will also be joined by:
Lilia Hrynevych — an expert in educational policies, former Minister of Education and Science of Ukraine (2016–2019)
Nataliia Moseichuk — 1+1 TV channel news anchor, Right for Education project curator
Taras Topolia — lead singer of the Antytila band and the friend of the UNFPA Fund.
The talk will be moderated by:
Oleksandr Elkin — the head of the board of EdCamp Ukraine, co-author of the New Ukrainian School concept.
Three discussions to following the live broadcast
Following the dialogue with the Dalai Lama, three online discussions with Ukrainian opinion leaders will take place. Each of the talks will focus on a different aspect of the dialogue with the Dalai Lama.
Oct. 30, 18:00 - 19:30 — Education for Peace,
with Lilia Hrynevych,
Serhii Babak, head of the Verkhovna Rada committee on education, science, and innovations;
Vadym Karandii, director of Ukrainian Institute for Education Development;
Valentyna Fedoriaka, physics and math teacher of Trudoliub school, Myrhorod district of the Poltava region.
Oct. 27, 18:00 - 19:30 — Peace in the Human World,
with Taras Topolia,
Sviatoslav Vakarchuk, leader and front man of Okean Elzy rock band;
Andrii Vilenskyi, head of the National Health Service of Ukraine;
Ivanna Kobernyk, cofounder of Smart Osvita and Batkivskyi Kontrol NGOs, communication expert.
Oct. 30, 18:00 - 19:30 — the Pandemic and its Effect upon Humanity,
with Nataliia Moseichuk,
Svitlana Roiz, child and family psychotherapist, Plus Plus TV channel adviser, author of books on child and family psychology and education projects for parents, educators, and psychologists ;
Liudmyla Demianyk, war veteran Katrusia Strila;
Iryna Prybinska, chief expert of education department in Stanytsia Luhanska regional state administration of the Luhansk region.
The origins of the idea
The idea of holding a dialogue between the Dalai Lama and the Ukrainian public first dawned in February 2019, when the delegation of the largest Ukrainian educators` community of EdCamp Ukraine visited Little Tibet in India. Back then, Ukrainians were invited to a personal meeting with Dalai Lama. He told them about the development of a new international program for Social, Emotional, and Ethical (SEE) Learning by Emory university in Atlanta, USA. SEE Learning is a comprehensive learning program aimed at teaching students the skills of attention, compassion, and ethical sensitivity, and about interdependence, equality, systems thinking, resilience, and trauma-informed practices.
Later, the Dalai Lama invited Ukrainians to attend the global launch of the SEE Learning program that took place in April 2019 in New Delhi, India. In July of the same year a pilot project of introducing education of soft skills into school programs nationwide was announced during the Fifth National (Un)Conference EdCamp Ukraine. The project is currently being implemented in 26 pilot schools in 23 regions of Ukraine with support from the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine, the Institute of Developmental Problems of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, and the GIZ Civil Peace Service in Ukraine (under the decree of the Education Ministry as of Nov. 18, 2019, #1431).
Since then, the EdCamp Ukraine team and the office of the Dalai Lama have become good friends. We have been dreaming of this secular conversation for Ukraine since the Dalai Lama published his letter in support for humanity amid the pandemic and started his practice of global dialogues.
How to join the event
The most interesting questions submitted during the registration will be voiced by our hosts during the live conversation with His Holiness. The authors of the questions will receive presents — a book titled ‘The Book of Joy” by two Nobel Prize winners, the 14th Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu (published in Ukrainian by Klub Simeinoho Dozvillia).
All those registered for participation (when registering, you can choose the option of live broadcast, one of the discussions, or all four of them) will receive an invitation link, articles, videos, and all materials from the events.
Media on the event and additional materials
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