Spirituality and moral values of young Ukrainians: problems and ways of their solution

‘Mainstream Communication & Consulting’ took part in the round table on the subject of ‘Spirituality and morality of young Ukrainians: problems and ways of their solution’, which took place in the Conference Hall of the Academic Council of National Pedagogical Dragomanov University on December 5, 2008.

Among the participants of the Round Table were: Minister of Ukraine for Family, Youth and Sports Yuriy Pavlenko; Head of National Council on Culture and Spirituality Mykola Zhulynsky; Director of Institute of Problems of Upbringing of the Academy of Pedagogical Sciences (APS) of Ukraine, Doctor of Psychological Sciences, Academician of the APS of Ukraine Ivan Bekh; Rector of the National Pedagogical Dragomanov University, Doctor of Philosophy, Academician of the APS of Ukraine Viktor Andrushchenko; Director of Institute of Journalism of National Taras Shevchenko University in Kyiv, Doctor of Philology Volodymyr Rizun, and many others.

Participants explored the influence of family upbringing, education system and mass-media on formation of morality and spirituality of young Ukrainians, discussed the role and influence of government and general public on formation of the nation’s spirituality in the course of the Round Table.

Participants of the Round Table launched an appeal to the Government and Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine to introduce public control over semantic filling of media space, to forbid release of advertising products promoting strong spirits and tobacco goods, to prohibit use of erotic and sexual images in outdoor and media advertising, to carry out systematic information work on the national level for propagation the authority of the family, spiritual and moral values, and healthy lifestyle.

Work of the Round Table resulted in a Resolution, which included constructive suggestions on consolidation of efforts of governmental, educational, religious and public institutions, being aimed at search for effective ways of upbringing and education of a young generation on the basis of moral and spiritual values.

Round Table took place under the “Program of promoting spiritual and moral values “Clear Eyes”, which is carried out with the support of the Ministry of Ukraine for Family, Youth and Sports on the initiative of All-Ukrainian Organization ‘Society of Young Christians of Ukraine’, headed by the people's deputy P. Unguryan.