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Learning in the face of air raids and shelling: how Ukrainian schoolchildren will acquire knowledge during the war

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Learning in the face of air raids and shelling: how Ukrainian schoolchildren will acquire knowledge during the war

Every year on September 1, Ukraine celebrates the Day of Knowledge. Find out more about how Ukrainian educational institutions will be held during the war and what security measures will be taken

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Knowledge Day is a holiday known around the world as the beginning of a new school year. It is a day of joy, hope, and anticipation of academic achievement. While in most countries this event is associated with a lively exchange of enthusiasm and knowledge, in Ukraine, which is experiencing a full-scale war, Knowledge Day takes on a much deeper and more meaningful meaning.


The start date of the school year varies from country to country, so in the US some children have already started school, in Italy school will start later, and Ukrainian schools are opening their doors to students today.


Unfortunately, Ukrainian children cannot enjoy this day like their peers in Europe or other parts of the world, as the country continues to fight for its independence.


For Ukrainian children and students, learning is becoming a real challenge, but they are demonstrating a unique perseverance and desire for knowledge in extremely difficult circumstances. 


How is education in Ukraine during the war?


When the alarm goes off in Ukrainian cities, educational institutions turn into shelters for their pupils and students. Shelter zones in Ukrainian schools have become an integral part of the educational process. Instead of traditional classrooms, children may find themselves in underground shelters, but even in these extreme conditions, their desire for knowledge remains unchanged. Here, they actively discuss lessons with teachers and support each other.


At the same time, after the outbreak of a full-scale war, new rules were introduced in Ukrainian schools, forcing students to adapt to the innovations.




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For example, many educational institutions have switched to working in several shifts. This makes it possible to distribute the flow of students more evenly. Although such flexible schedules require adaptation from children and youth, they readily accept this challenge, demonstrating a willingness to overcome difficulties for the sake of education.


In some cities where the situation is most difficult, children are also forced to study remotely. Virtual classes and online platforms are becoming a means of keeping teachers and students connected, ensuring the continuity of the learning process when physical presence at school is limited.


By the way, earlier we told you that safety classes will be set up in Ukrainian schools. They will teach students the basics of civil defense. This was announced by Deputy Interior Minister Kateryna Pavlichenko. According to her, safety classes are needed to teach Ukrainian children the basics of life safety and civil defense.


Thus, Ukrainian children and students facing the reality of war continue to strive for knowledge. Despite the difficulties, they demonstrate a true spirit of perseverance, strength and hope for a brighter future built on education. In this regard, the Day of Knowledge takes on a special significance - as a symbol of continuity and hope for a bright and knowledge-filled tomorrow.


We remind you! Admission to Ukrainian higher education institutions is open to foreign citizens. Here you can find out what documents are required to obtain higher education in Ukraine, which foreigners are eligible to receive knowledge, and other important details.


It is important to know that foreigners entering Ukraine are advised to take out insurance to be one hundred percent sure of their safety. Read how to do this in our article.




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