Olha Horetska


The article analyzes the literary works of a teacher, children’s writer, public figure of Western Ukraine – Olena Tsehelska. It aims to study the system of national-patriotic, moral, religious, labor upbringing of mountain children at the end of XIX – the first third of the XX centuries. It was at this time when revived searches for a new curriculum, new methods and forms of education, laying the foundations of the national-patriotic, civic education of Ukrainian youth. The author stresses that one of the important factors of national education of youth has always been fiction, particularly national bulleted text, which are literary works written by Oelena Tsehelska. In fairy tales, short stories, novels the writer finds out about these family values that have traditionally been famous for residents of mountainous terrain, as a community of spiritual interests, harmony of relationships between representatives of different generations, caring for parents and elderly people in the family, respect for ancestors, family harmony, respect for folk traditions, faith in God that helped to survive in difficult circumstances of war periods, forced relocation to a foreign country. Little heroes from works of Oelena Tsehelska possess such traits as civic consciousness, patriotism, devotion to the interests of the people, the capacity for self-sacrifice, compassion for the poor, love of neighbor. Works written be this writer is an important factor in the preservation of folk traditions, enriching current young generation with them what becomes important in the development of civil society in Ukraine

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