Embassy of Ukraine in the Republic of Kenya

Kyiv 12:57

Cooperation in cultural and humanitarian spheres between Ukraine and countries of responsibility

Cooperation in cultural and humanitarian spheres between Ukraine and Kenya

Cooperation in the cultural sphere is an important aspect of bilateral relations between Ukraine and the countries of the area of responsibility of the Embassy of Ukraine in Kenya, which also includes organisation of cultural events, and advertising of culture of Ukraine, wide involvement of the Ukrainian diaspora into the official events, cultural and student exchange.

The high interest to educational opportunities in Ukraine is growing despite the difficult period in the history of the Ukrainian state, the illegal annexation of Crimea and the Russian aggression in eastern Ukraine.

In 2016 41 Kenyan student received a visa for study, which is 65.9% more than in the previous year. Additional importance in this regard is given to the completion of negotiations on the draft agreement on cooperation between the Ministries of Education of Ukraine and Kenya, according to which five scholarships for Kenyan students will be granted every year to study in Ukrainian universities. Currently, the agreement is under the consideration by the Kenyan side.

Meetings with representatives of the cultural elite, scientific and educational circles are conducted. The cooperation with the Ukrainian community is gaining bigger and bigger intensity, with which a series of important cultural events have been organised.

Ukrainian volunteers participate in the information and outreach activities, are involved in the organization of events to celebrate the landmark events for Ukraine. Series of events dedicated to the 20th anniversary of Constitution of Ukraine have been organised with support of our volunteers.

Traditionally, the Ukrainian volunteer project "Transforming Africa" together with the Embassy takes measures to commemorate the Day of Holodomor victims. The volunteer project organises photo-exhibition using materials dedicated to the Holodomor of 1932 - 1933 that have been provided by the Embassy, conducts thematic lectures, and publishes appropriate information in web resources.

It is important that the volunteers carried out active work aimed at helping the socially unprotected representatives of the local population, especially - children. By engaging into this activity of Kenyan government officials and businessmen, the activists cover virtually all segments of the population in Kenya.

In addition, the Embassy has held a number of other traditional events, including devoted to the 100th anniversary of the death of Ivan Franko, the 80th anniversary of the birth of famous Ukrainian film director, cameraman, scriptwriter, producer Yurii Illienko, the reception on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of Independence Day Ukraine, the celebration of the 160th anniversary of the birth of Ivan Franko, the event with the aim of celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Ukrainian Public Group to facilitate the implementation of the Helsinki Accords.

The Embassy also joined the international project "Taras Shevchenko unites people" and sent to the contest the video by citizen of Kenya Onhuko David, where he reads famous poem by Taras Shevchenko "Do not envy" in English.

In 2016, an increase in visits to Ukraine Kenyan athletes and artists has been observed. Specifically, October 9 Kenyan sprinters visited Ukraine at the invitation of the Ministry of Youth and Sports of Ukraine to participate in the marathon «Wizz Air Kyiv City Marathon». In 2016 Kenyan circus acrobats with the support of Ministry of Culture of Ukraine have visited Ukraine three times.