Overview of the current state of education and science in Ukraine in terms of Russian aggression (July 11-23, 2022) [EN/UK] – Ukraine

Overview of the current state of education and science in Ukraine in terms of Russian aggression (July 11-23, 2022) [EN/UK] – Ukraine

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According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), as of July 19, 2022, the number of refugees who fled from Ukraine to other countries since February 24, 2022 is over 9.57 million people.

According to the General Prosecutor’s Office of Ukraine as of July 25, 2022, since the start of the war, 358 children have been killed and 686 injured. This data does not include data from areas where active hostilities are taking place.

As of July 22, 2022, 2188 educational institutions have been damaged by shelling and shelling, of which 221 are completely destroyed.

On July 22, 2022, Serhiy Shkarlet, Minister of Education and Science of Ukraine met Robert Jenkins, UNICEF Global Director for Education, Murat Sahin, UNICEF Representative in Ukraine and specialists education programs. The parties discussed the preparation for the new school year, in particular the availability and equipment of bomb shelters in educational establishments, the supply of textbooks for schoolchildren, the training of teachers on psychological support for participants in the educational process, the provision of digital devices to teachers, etc. The minister called on UNICEF to improve Ukraine’s recovery plan and provide expert support for its implementation.

On July 19, 2022, First Deputy Minister Andrii Vitrenko and Director General of the Directorate of Digital Transformation Dmytro Zavgorodnyi participated in the High Level Group for Education, organized by the Ministry of Education, Youth and of Sports of the Czech Republic. The main issues discussed during the event focused on the digital transformation of the education sector, with a focus on supporting students’ digital skills and competences, as well as cooperation between the EU and Ukraine. after the end of the brutal large-scale aggression of the Russian Federation. Andrii Vitrenko informed the participants about the current situation of Ukrainian education, presented plans for the post-war period, spoke about current challenges and the impact of the war on youth, education and training and the labor market.

On July 20, 2022, Oleksii Shkuratov, Deputy Minister of European Integration held a meeting with Magyar Levente, Hungarian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, during which bilateral cooperation in the field of education between Ukraine and Hungary was discussed, as well as the support and assistance provided by Hungary to the Ukrainian people in terms of the full-scale Russian war against Ukraine. Levente Magyar informed his Ukrainian colleagues about the decision of the Hungarian government to help in the reconstruction of a school and a hospital in the Kyiv oblast, as well as the granting of 1000 state scholarships to Ukrainian citizens under the Hungarian scholarship program “Stipendium Hungaricum”.

The MoES team, together with the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, the State Emergency Service, the National Police, provided the heads of the military administrations of the oblast, educational institutions pre-college and graduate professional guidelines on preparing an educational institution for the new 2022/2023 academic year and heating season. The guidelines include clarifications regarding civil protection in terms of armed aggression of the Russian Federation, occupational health and safety, as well as the question of the organization of bomb shelters.

Helen D. Jessen