Thanks to War E2
Challenges, especially the most severe ones, are also our most powerful teachers, Zoya Lytvyn, leader of the Ukranian NGO Osvitoria, shares in this episode of Rooted & Unwavering. She discovers inner strength at a deeper level that comes online when her brain wants to give up and become a vegetable.
Her organization currently provides education to more than 500,000 secondary school students online all over Ukraine and as refugees in over 120 countries abroad. How does she access her strength and not give into depression and reactivity?
She shares with host Hylke Faber how she keeps choosing what’s most important to her: being happy and being of service: building and adapting education to meet the needs of children now living in times of war.
Osvitoria is an NGO that develops education in Ukraine. During the war, its mission now is to restore education process and access to quality education for more than 7 million of Ukraine’s children.
Areas of work and projects:
- Restoring education during the war
- Creating innovative schools
- Providing equal access to education
- Training and supporting teachers
- Developing Educational Community
Osvitoria in numbers:
- 101 781 teachers were taught and inspired by Osvitoria last year
- Every 4th Ukrainian teacher trained with NGO in 2021
- 4 million users read Osvitoria.Media
- 180 000 graduates have been trained on the iLearn platform
Zoya Lytvyn is a Ukrainian educator, reformer and impact entrepreneur. The founder of NGO Osvitoria and Ukraine’s top innovative Novopecherska School, which is recognized by Microsoft among the TOP100 most innovative schools in the world. Member of the Supervisory Board of UN Global Compact in Ukraine, Merited Educator of Ukraine, TED speaker.
With her team, Zoya Lytvyn works to improve school education in Ukraine by establishing visionary schools and projects, providing equal access to quality education, training and inspiring teachers, and implementing the world’s top educational know-hows.
In 2019 Zoya Lytvyn was awarded in the WE Empower UN SDG Challenge as the Woman Entrepreneur of the Year in Eastern Europe and the title of the Merited Educator of Ukraine by the President of Ukraine. During COVID-19 pandemics, Lytvyn and her team created for Ukraine’s government the first national online education platform called “The All-Ukrainian Online School”.
The platform covers the secondary school curriculum and brings every student in front of very best Ukrainian teachers. After the Russian-Ukrainian war struck in 2022 this work continued and now more then 500.000 school students learn on this platform daily as it is the only possible way to continue their education. They connect from all over Ukraine, occupied territories and from more than 120 countries globally where they are refugees at the moment.
In cooperation with the UNICEF, Lytvyn and her team focused on helping Ukraine restore the educational process during the war: supporting teachers, schools, parents and schoolchildren, maintaining online education, and arranging education coordination centres for Ukrainian refugees. Zoya also is in charge of recovery strategy for school system of Ukraine for the Ukrainian Parliament. As a speaker at the Global TED 2022 in Vancouver, Lytvyn fundraised more than 2.5 million USD for the humanitarian needs of Ukraine.
Connect with Zoya on LinkedIn, Facebook and Instagram.
About Rooted & Unwavering
Peace, Compassion, Wisdom, Purposefulness, Creativity and Strength come online in us when we deeply connect with the true, unwavering greatness that lives within ourselves and others.
In this podcast and radio show, Hylke Faber, seasoned transformational coach and author of the award-winning Taming Your Crocodiles series, engages in deep inquiry with leaders from all walks of life about courageously connecting with our true selves, others and the world at large.
How do we stay connected to our true selves and our greatness, especially when we are challenged? How do we rest in the heart, also when our mind keeps us restless? What becomes possible when we truly stay committed to our own and others’ best selves, also when we don’t feel it? How do we practice staying connected to our true selves, in the midst of our busy lives?
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About Our Host
For as long as he can remember Hylke Faber has been curious about what this life is about. His ongoing inquiry has become his work: helping people individually and collectively to discover what is possible in life and express that authentically and fearlessly.
Hylke started his work life with Towers Perrin as consultant and then as Partner with Strategic Decisions Group, serving a wide range of industries, including financial services, manufacturing, consumer electronics and life sciences companies. A major shift occurred during this critical phase of his life. He had become the typical, hard-charging, 16-hours-a-day strategy consultant, and was burning out at a rapid clip.
When he discovered meditation, everything changed. He was so taken by his new discoveries that he chose to bring to business what he was learning: that there is a way we can have it all – we can be fulfilled, do work we love, and create extraordinary results with others. He thinks of it as creating a sense of ease in business.
He learned how to coach and facilitate human transformation completing his coaching certification with Newfield Network and by working at Axialent, the culture and leadership company. After a few years, he founded Co-Creation Partners together with other leaders in the field of transformation and personal development. Then he formed Constancee to help people grow by creating the conditions where deep personal, interpersonal and organizational shifts happen routinely.
He leads Growth Leaders Network, the culture and team development consultancy. He has also taught coaching at Columbia Business School Executive Education and has contributed to Harvard Business Review. He is currently teaching a course on Climate Conscious Leadership at Arizona State University. His award-winning book, Taming Your Crocodiles: Unlearn Fear & Become a True Leader, was published by Dover in 2018.
His next book, Taming Your Crocodiles Practices for Leadership Depth, came out in 2020. Besides helping others grow, which he loves, he is a trained opera singer, enjoys hiking and writing, is an avid reader, in particular of biographies, and is always in the process of growing himself. He integrates all of what he learns in his work with executives.
Connect with Hylke on LinkedIn.
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