The Eberhard-Schöck-Stiftung launched its first projects in Ukraine in the western Ukranian town of Lviv in 2008. Lviv’s old town was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1998. Containing more than 10% of all the cultural monuments in Ukraine, it has a tremendous need for well-trained, skilled construction workers and qualified restorers to refurbish its building stock. Our projects help meet this need. In the meantime, large-scale projects are also underway in Kiev, Vinnytsia and Kharkiv, mostly relating to the multiplication of vocational training programs for painters and carpenters. We also develop and organize lectures, presentations and workshops in construction engineering as well as urban architecture and planning.
For the most part, our projects in Ukraine are planned and executed by our Ukranian subsidiary, the Kiev-based Stiftung zur Förderung des Bauwesens (SFB).
Launching a stonemason training program in Lviv, Ukraine
Ukraine currently has no vocational training program for stonemasons, although the country’s program for carvers is excellent. Technical stonemasonry work is generally carried out by bricklayers. In Lviv, there is a tremendous need for for well-trained, technically skilled stonemasons with expertise in state-of-the-art conservation and restoration methods. The city holds a vast array of architectural riches whose maintenance requires the know-how of these professionals. The Lviv-based Irwan Trusch College, which has been training carvers for decades, provides an ideal environment for this program. The six-year artist training program allows students to delve more deeply and broadly into the skillset and enhances its value. A comprehensive restoration and conservation specialization these young artists with added opportunities and new professional perspectives.
Multiplying the modernized painter training programs in Vinnytsia and Kiev and Kharkiv
The new vocational training project for painters, proven effective by our model project in Lviv with the add-on “restorer” qualification program, is currently being implemented at two vocational training schools in Central Ukraine. In the fall of 2015, the first renovated workshops were opened and training programs began at the Higher Vocational School for Building and Design in Kiev and the Higher Art and Vocational School No. 5 in Vinnytsia.
In December of 2017, we added the “Regional Vocational Training Center for Building and Construction Technology of the Kharkiv Area” in the Eastern Ukranian town of Kharkiv as a third location for the multiplication of the painter training program. The updated training programs at this location were launched in fall of 2018.
During an informational visit in May 2016, Ukranian project participants had the opportunity to become acquainted with the German apprenticeship system as well as the country’s painter training program. They displayed enormous interest and we anticipate that this visit will yield numerous impulses for the future of our projects.
Model Project in Lviv (Ukraine)
The modernization of the painter/restorer and carpener/restorer training programs at the Vocational Art College in Lviv has been completed. Continuous follow-up ensures that the training program continues to be state of the art. Due to the tremendous restoration need in the city of Lviv, especially in connection with its status as a World Cultural Heritage site, the added restoration component is a unique feature being offered here. Buildings in the historic center of Lviv are urgently in need of restoration, both inside and out.
International dialogue project for stonemasons in Ukraine and Germany
We have supported the International Dialogue Project for Stonemasons developed by thornconcept since 2011.
Every year, stonemasons from Ukraine arrive on site, and two groups of German stonemasons have already paid a visit to Ukraine. On the German side, the project aims to revitalize the baroque terrace gardens in Kirchheimbolanden, whereas on the Ukranian side, needed stonemasonry work is completed in the historic town center of Lviv. Working on their joint European cultural heritage opens up perspectives to the young craftsmen and artists that extend far beyond their own field of expertise and provides insight into the broader context of European culture.