Intensifying conflict in Ukraine impedes education for over 5 million people for 11 months Press Release

Japan Committee for UNICEF
Intensifying conflict in Ukraine impedes education for over 5 million people for 11 months [Press Release]

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Eleven-year-old Timofey does his homework by candlelight in Bucha. Air raid sirens sound during the day, and school classes are often interrupted. (Ukraine, November 2022) (C) UNICEF_UN0755359_Filippov [From Kyiv/Geneva/New York on January 24, 2023]
On the UN’s International Day of Education, UNICEF warned that the ongoing conflict in Ukraine has prevented more than 5 million children from educating. At the same time, UNICEF called for increased international support to keep children from falling behind in their further learning. Two years of the global COVID-19 pandemic, more than eight years of armed conflict in eastern Ukraine, and the last 11 months of escalating conflict across the country have combined to deprive children of learning opportunities. continue.
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Afshan Khan, UNICEF Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia, said: “Schools and pre-primary education provide children with important senses of social structure and safety, and the loss of learning opportunities has lifelong consequences. We cannot “press the pause button.” The choice to simply postpone our children’s education and resume it after other priorities have been addressed jeopardizes the future of an entire generation. It exposes them,” he said. The continued use of explosive weapons, including in populated areas, has damaged or destroyed thousands of schools, pre-primary and other educational facilities across the country. At the same time, many parents and caregivers are reluctant to send their children to school due to safety concerns.
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Ukrainian refugee children attend class at a UNICEF-supported school in Lublin. (Poland, December 2022) (C) UNICEF_UN0766435_Reklajtis Within Ukraine, UNICEF is working with the government to enable children to resume learning in classrooms when it is safe to do so, and through online and community-based alternatives when in-person learning is not possible. I support you. More than 1.9 million children participated in online learning and 1.3 million children were enrolled in a combination of face-to-face and online learning. However, recent attacks on electricity and other energy infrastructure have caused widespread power outages, leaving nearly all children in Ukraine without sustainable access to electricity. In other words, even participating in online learning is now a difficult situation. Outside Ukraine, an estimated two out of three Ukrainian refugee children are not integrated into the education system of the host country. This is due to the lack of resources in the education sector, and from the beginning of the crisis through the summer, many refugee families chose to study online instead of attending school in host countries in hopes of returning home early. there is.
“UNICEF will continue to work with the Government of Ukraine and governments of host countries to provide solutions that enable children in conflict areas and displaced to continue their education,” Khan said. increase.
UNICEF calls for an end to attacks on educational and other civilian facilities in Ukraine, including the energy infrastructure that children and families need to survive. It will also strengthen access to offline learning materials and supplies so that children can continue learning and stay connected to peers and teachers, as well as the recovery plan for Ukraine and the rebuilding and reopening of schools and pre-primary facilities. We are also calling for support for initiatives aimed at
In refugee-hosting countries, UNICEF calls for prioritizing the integration of Ukrainian refugee children into the overall national education system, especially at pre-primary and primary levels. Achieving this and supporting face-to-face learning and child development and well-being requires qualified teachers, learning materials and available space. Relevant authorities identify and overcome regulatory and administrative barriers to children’s access to education at all levels of formal education, and provide refugee families with clear and accessible information. is important. Where immediate integration into education systems is not possible, UNICEF calls for providing multiple pathways to learning, especially for children of secondary school age.
■ Click here for UNICEF’s support activities for Ukraine ■ Click here for International Day of Education ■ About UNICEF
UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund) is a United Nations agency that works to promote the rights and healthy development of all children. Currently, in about 190 countries and regions*, we are cooperating with many partners and translating our philosophy into concrete actions in various ways. We work for all children,
everywhere, with a particular focus on helping the most vulnerable children. UNICEF’s activities are funded entirely by donations from individuals, companies, and organizations, as well as voluntary contributions from governments. (www.unicef.org)
*Includes 33 countries and regions where UNICEF National Committees (UNICEF Association) are active
■ About Japan Committee for UNICEF
The Japan Committee for UNICEF is one of the UNICEF National Committees in 33 industrialized countries and regions, and is the only private organization in Japan that represents UNICEF. advocacy). (www.unicef.or.jp)
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