UNICEF / UKRAINE EDUCATION DISRUPTED

23-Jan-2023 00:01:55
The ongoing war in Ukraine has disrupted education for more than five million children, UNICEF warned, calling for increased international support to ensure children do not fall further behind. The impact of 11 months of conflict only compounds the two years of lost learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and more than 8 years of war for children in eastern Ukraine. UNICEF
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STORY: UNICEF / UKRAINE EDUCATION DISRUPTED
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FILE - 26 AUGUST 2022, KYIV REGION, UKRAINE

1. Wide shot, destroyed building with Ukrainian flag
2. Wide shot, destroyed residential area
3. Wide shot, destroyed residential area

FILE - 16 AUGUST 2022 - SALTIVKA, KHARKIV REGION, UKRAINE

4. Wide shot, destroyed apartment buildings
5. Med shot, girl stands in courtyard outside her family’s apartment building
6. Wide shot, destroyed school building

FILE - DECEMBER 2022, SELIDOVE, UKRAINE

7. Med shot, girl walks through destroyed school building
8. Med shot, girl walks through destroyed school building

FILE - 16 AUGUST 2022, KHARKIV REGION, UKRAINE

9.Wide shot, playground with scorch and damage from shelling
10. Wide shot, destroyed school building
11. Wide shot, destroyed school building
12. Wide shot, workers pouring concrete inside destroyed school building
13. Med shot, worker patching ceiling inside destroyed school building
14. Med shot, workers making repairs to destroyed school building

FILE - 14 AUGUST 2022 - IRPIN, KYIV REGION, UKRAINE

15. Wide shot, interior damaged school building
16. Wide shot, exterior repairs to damaged school building
17. Wide shot, workers repairing school building
18.Wide shot, construction of bomb shelter in school building

FILE - 16 SEPTEMBER 2022 - ODESSA, UKRAINE

19. Wide shot, child and therapist. UNICEF, together with partners, have launched a new project connecting a multidisciplinary team of specialists with children with special educational needs as specialists and schools are more difficult to access.
20. Close up, child interacting with various stimuli.
21. Close up, child interacting with various stimuli.
22. Med shot, child with speech therapist
23. Med shot, child with speech therapist

FILE - 10 AUGUST 2022, LVIV, UKRAINE

24. Wide shot, a view of a camp for internally displaced people in Lviv, Ukraine
25. Med shot, Davyd, 7, reads a book at a camp for internally displaced people in Lviv, Ukraine.

FILE - 13 AUGUST 2022, OLYZARIVKA, UKRAINE

26. Wide shot, children in the rubble of damaged school building
27. Wide shot, children entering damaged school building
28. Med shot, child writing in notebook
29. Wide shot, children in classroom
STORYLINE
The ongoing war in Ukraine has disrupted education for more than five million children, UNICEF warned today, calling for increased international support to ensure children do not fall further behind. The impact of 11 months of conflict only compounds the two years of lost learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and more than 8 years of war for children in eastern Ukraine.
“Schools and early childhood education settings provide a crucial sense of structure and safety to children, and missing out on learning could have lifelong consequences,” said Afshan Khan, UNICEF Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia. “There is no pause button. It is not an option to simply postpone children’s education and come back to it once other priorities have been addressed, without risking the future of an entire generation.”
The continued use of explosive weapons – including in populated areas - has meant that thousands of schools, pre-schools or other education facilities across the country have been damaged or destroyed. At the same time, many parents and caregivers are reluctant to send children to school due to safety concerns.
Inside Ukraine, UNICEF is working with the Government to help get children back to learning, in classrooms when it is deemed safe, and through online or community-based alternatives if in-person learning is not possible. While more than 1.9 million children were accessing online learning opportunities, and 1.3 million children enrolled in a combination of in person and online, recent attacks against electricity and other energy infrastructure have caused widespread blackouts and left almost every child in Ukraine without sustained access to electricity, meaning that even attending virtual classes is an ongoing challenge.
The situation outside of Ukraine is also concerning, with an estimated 2 out of 3 Ukrainian refugee children not currently enrolled in the host country’s education system. There are several factors behind this, including stretched education capacities and the fact that, at the start of the crisis and throughout the summer, many refugee families opted for online learning, instead of attending local schools, as they hoped to be able to return home quickly.
“UNICEF will continue working with the Government of Ukraine and the host countries’ Governments to deliver solutions to help children in conflict areas and those who have been displaced from their homes to continue their education,” said Khan.
Inside Ukraine, UNICEF is calling for an end to attacks on education facilities and other civilian objects, including the energy infrastructure upon which children and families depend. We also call for increased support in ensuring children have access to offline learning materials and supplies to ensure they continue learning and can remain connected to their peers and teachers; as well as support for Ukraine’s recovery plan, and efforts to rebuild and rehabilitate schools and preschools.
In refugee-hosting countries, UNICEF is calling for prioritization of the integration of Ukrainian refugee children into national education systems across education levels, especially early childhood education and primary education – with qualified teachers, learning materials and available spaces to support their face-to-face learning, development, and well-being. It is important that relevant authorities identify and overcome regulatory and administrative barriers that hinder children’s access to formal education across all levels and provide clear and accessible information to refugee families. Where access to education system cannot be immediately ensured, UNICEF calls for provision of multiple pathways to learning especially for secondary school age children.
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