2,677 educational institutions damaged; 331 of them destroyed

The war between Ukraine and Russia has destroyed thousands of institutions across Ukraine. | File photo

In a report published by the Ukrainian Ministry of Education and Science, 2677 educational institutions were damaged by shelling and shelling, of which 331 are completely destroyed as of October 21, 2022.

While citing Ukraine’s Prosecutor General’s Office, the report further states that 430 children have been killed and 820 injured as of October 24, 2022, although it does not include data from areas where active hostilities are taking place in Ukraine.

The report also details several meetings between the ministry and international agencies, including Education Cannot Wait (ECW), the European Union and the European Commission’s foreign policy instrument.

“On October 05, 2022, Serhiy Shkarlet, Minister of Education and Science of Ukraine, met with Graham Long, the Head of Education at “Education Cannot Wait” (ECW). following the meeting, it was announced the key needs in the education sector: safe and healthy educational environment (recovery of schools, shelters, school buses, modern equipment); support the sustainability of the new reform of the ‘Ukrainian school; teachers’ professional development; MHPSS – mental health and psychological and socio-emotional support,’ the report said, which also mentioned meetings between Shkarlet and several European education and science ministers from countries such as Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland.

Current situation of preschool education in Ukraine

As of October 21, 2022, 847 preschools had been damaged, while 94 had been completely destroyed in the war-torn Eastern European country. On the other hand, 9,600 preschool establishments started their activities at the start of the 2022/2023 school year, including: 4,500 establishments – in face-to-face mode (297,430 pupils), 4,400 establishments – in distance mode (314,594 pupils), 777 establishments – in mixed mode (59,862 students).

1100 institutions of the country are located in occupied territories, which were claimed by Russia in the middle of the war. 59.4% of preschool children were covered by learning in preschool institutions.

12,900 general secondary schools have started the education process

12,900 secondary schools across Ukraine have started the education process with 2,500 schools in face-to-face format, 7,100 schools in distance format and 3,300 schools in mixed format.

505,441 pupils and 12,818 teachers continue to reside abroad. As of October 21, 2022, 1197 general secondary educational institutions have been damaged, of which 197 – have been completely destroyed.

The report says that 36 institutions out of the number of special educational institutions, sanatoriums and orphanages have suffered damage and destruction to varying degrees since the war between Russia and Ukraine. 1220 students with special educational needs currently reside abroad due to the ongoing war.

State of research and innovation

As of October 24, 2022, the damage (destruction) of property and premises of research and higher education institutions is as follows: undamaged – 214, partially damaged – 72, totally damaged – 2, missing data – 10 (located in temporarily occupied areas).

What the ministry has done so far

In addition to producing a competitive selection of textbooks (excluding electronic textbooks) for students and teachers in 2022-2023 (grades 1, 5, 6, 10), the Ministry of Education and Science also approved the composition of the working group on creating a safe environment in educational institutions.

The ministry also coordinated the “Support the Girls” telegram channel with the publication of lesson videos and the “Support the Children” Youtube channel.

An agreement has also been reached between the ministry and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the European Commission, to publish 5th grade mathematics textbooks and Ukrainian language textbooks respectively.

As of October 22, 2022, as part of the ministry’s collaboration with Google and UNESCO, nearly 10,000 laptops have been delivered to educators in Dnipropetrovska, Donetska, Luhanska, Khersonska, 5 Chernihivska and Sumska oblasts with additional supply for other regions to follow soon.

According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), as of October 18, 2022, the number of refugees who have fled from Ukraine to other countries since February 24 stands at over 14.33 million. people.

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