Unwavering Support: Summer Camps for Ukrainian Children in Germany

For two years in a row, the Trade Union of Education and Science Workers of Ukraine (TUESWU) has been closely cooperating with the German Education Union (GEW), which is a partner and a sincere friend of the TUESWU. In the last few years, it has been actively supporting the Trade Union in different areas: providing financial assistance to Ukrainian educators affected by the war that was provoked by Russia, hosting Ukrainian children in summer camps in Germany, and supporting Ukrainians who were forced to flee from the war to Germany.

This summer, the TUESWU together with GEW and the youth organization Die Falken, organized two summer camps in Germany for children of Ukrainian trade union members from Kyiv and Kyiv region, as well as children of internally displaced persons. Each group had the opportunity to spend two weeks relaxing and enjoying a new country and making new friends at a tent camp in Rheinwarzhofen, Bavaria, from July 13 to 27, 2023, and at the "Unsere Welt" tent camp on the island of Föhr from July 31 to August 13, 2023. 

Each camp had its own interesting activities. Ukrainian children exchanged experiences with German children and acquired new knowledge and skills. Badminton, volleyball, football and table tennis competitions were organized for the children, they played board games and held discos. The children swam in the pool, roasted delicacies over a campfire, and learned about the interesting traditions of Germany. For their German friends, the Ukrainians held master classes on learning the Ukrainian language, making patriotic bracelets, and taught them to sing folk songs. Ukrainians prepared a national dish for everyone - borsch with donuts (pampushkas).

During these days, all camp participants also practiced English and German. But most importantly, the children had the opportunity to get away from the air raid alerts that sound every day in Ukraine, their daily worries, relax and restore their psychological health.

The Trade Union of Education and Science Workers of Ukraine expresses its sincere gratitude for the continued solidarity and support to the German Education Union and its President Maike Finnern, GEW National Executive Member, Nick Strauss and GEW International Secretary, Carmen Ludwig, as well as the youth organization "Falken" for organizing an unforgettable vacation for Ukrainian children.


 

International Department

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