Devastating Impact of War on Education in Ukraine

The war in Ukraine has led to destabilization in many aspects of public life. One of the most vulnerable sectors has been education, which has not recovered from the global pandemic. Educational institutions, forced to adapt to restrictions and threats, have faced the challenge of ensuring the safety, reliability, and accessibility of education in the most difficult conditions. 

The impact of the war on education in Ukraine is an issue that needs to be analyzed and discussed, as it affects the cultural future of the country as a whole and of future generations.

As of January 9, 2024, more than 1711 children have suffered in Ukraine as a result of the russia’s full-scale armed aggression of the ussian Federation. According to official information from juvenile prosecutors, 520 children were killed and more than 1191 were injured.

Losses from destruction and damage of educational institutions

These figures are not final. Work is ongoing to identify them in the areas of hostilities, in the temporarily occupied and liberated territories.

As of January 1, 2024, 3428 educational institutions were damaged and 365 were completely destroyed, according to the website of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine.

Education is one of the most affected sectors in terms of losses. As of August 2023, direct losses are estimated at $9.7 billion.

Safety of educational institutions in Ukraine

The war has led to emerging issues of accessibility and security of education. Many children have lost the opportunity to access the educational process, and teachers have been teaching in regions where hostilities are taking place or may potentially take place under the threat of shelling. Such conditions require serious planning of educational processes and ensuring proper learning conditions in times of war. 

As of September 2023, there were almost 13,000 schools in Ukraine, of which more than 80% have already been equipped with shelters. According to the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine, about 7.5 thousand schools operate in a full-time format, 3.8 thousand operate in a mixed format, and 2.5 thousand schools teach exclusively remotely. 

According to the Minister of Education, the best situation with shelters is observed in vocational education institutions - 95% of institutions are equipped with shelters, of which 94% are vocational, pre-higher and higher education institutions. Only 55% of public kindergartens are equipped with shelters.


Sources: www.mon.org.ua

https://iaa.org.ua/articles/education-in-times-of-war-challenges-and-prospects-for-ukraine/

The website saveschools.in.ua documents and provides real-time statistics on destroyed Ukrainian educational institutions.

In addition, the site offers a map of the destruction in each region.



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