European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations
Ukrainian schools are ready to welcome children back to the classrooms
“Education and schools are very important now. It's the future of our country,” says 15-year-old Daryna.
The young resident of Lozova, a town in Kharkiv oblast, last sat at her school desk on February 23, 2022, a day before the war began.
“24 February was frightening. We all thought we would go to school. But then we woke up to explosions; nobody understood anything. It was terrifying,” recalls Daryna. On that day, her life, along with the lives of countless Ukrainian children, changed forever.
The Russian aggression against Ukraine has already left a lasting impact on the entire country with civilian infrastructure severely destructed. As of the end of May 2023, more than 3,200 educational facilities in Ukraine have been damaged and another 261 completely destroyed.
Hundreds of thousands of Ukrainian children couldn’t go to school and were forced to engage in remote learning for over a year. Often, they lacked appropriate learning conditions while also facing constant risks to their well-being and health.
The EU is working with its humanitarian partners to ensure that war-affected schools are rehabilitated and repaired.
We visited our partners, the UN’s Office for Project Services (UNOPS), UNICEF, People in Need, and Finn Church Aid to discover how they restore access to education for Ukrainian children and ensure proper and secure learning conditions.
Story by Ivanna Bedei, Information and Communication Assistant in Kyiv, EU Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations. @ECHO_Europe