26 February 2024

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War and Disruption: Ukraine Children’s Education Crisis

According to the UN children’s organisation, the Russia-Ukraine War has disrupted children for a fourth year in a row, including those who are internally displaced and those who are refugees.
Following the pandemic and Russia’s invasion, the United Nations said Tuesday that years of educational disruption have left Ukrainian youngsters failing to master language, arithmetic and reading abilities.

The UN children’s organisation, UNICEF, stated as the new school year started in Ukraine that children within the nation and refugees forced to leave abroad are now facing a fourth consecutive year of interruption.

Many of the 6.7 million children in Ukraine between the ages of three and 18 are finding it difficult to study, according to Regina De Dominicis, regional director of UNICEF for Europe and Central Asia. This is due to both ongoing attacks on education inside Ukraine and poor enrollment rates in countries that are hosting refugees.

She said that after travelling there that they were displaying symptoms of general learning loss, such as a decline in their ability to read, write, and do maths in Ukrainian.

Educational Struggles Continue for Ukraine Children Amid Conflict

De Dominicis said “Attacks on schools inside Ukraine have persisted unabatedly, leaving children deeply distressed and lacking safe spaces to learn.”

Children in Ukraine are failing to recall what they learned when their schools were operating normally, in addition to suffering to advance in their education as a result.

According to study results given by UNICEF, over half of instructors say that kids’ Ukrainian language ability, arithmetic aptitude, and foreign language proficiency have declined.

Additionally, enrollment data revealed that just one third of students were receiving all of their instruction in person, with the remaining two thirds receiving instruction completely online.

Online education, according to UNICEF, might be beneficial in the short term but is not a suitable long-term substitute for in-person instruction, which is important for social development.

According to data from a countrywide survey provided by the agency, three quarters of children in frontline regions and two thirds of children in preschool were not attending.