06 November 2023

Empowering Ukrainian youth to shape their education path

Marta has always been good with numbers. In Lviv, where she grew up, the 14-year-old was at the top of her math class. Now in Krakow, where she and her mother relocated after the war in Ukraine started, she feels stuck in an equation she cannot solve.   Sitting in classrooms where theorems and formulas cover the walls, instead of excitement, she…, Caught between two systems , “Some people don’t want to make decisions. They don’t want to start anything new because they are keen to go back at any moment,” says Joanna Markielowska, a deputy director of Sun Centre in Krakow.  Polish and Ukrainian schools are designed differently and unsurprisingly, they are not in sync. Joanna has met many adolescents like Marta, who don’t…, Planting a decision tree , But what if there was a resource that spoke their language? What if this resource helped them understand the options in their city that could match their level of education and help them towards their personal goals? What if it gave them insight into what each choice would require and lead to?   To go beyond the “what if,” UNICEF worked with…, Putting adolescents at the centre of the solution , Poland offers a unique set of educational choices for adolescents – at the secondary level, they have three options focused on different skills and aspirations: Vocational study, technical study and academic pathways are all readily available and can provide different benefits, from earning while you study, to professional experiences as part of…, A tool for all? , The tool may also have value beyond Ukrainian adolescents. The Polish education system has been going through a period of reform. Testing with Polish education staff revealed that Polish adolescents lack clarity about the educational opportunities available to them and would benefit from more and better information to help them make informed…