A new support hub in Bucharest to provide educational services for Ukrainian and Romanian vulnerable children

08 September 2022
Bucharest Vicemayor and UNICEF Representative visit the support hub in Pipera, Bucharest
UNICEF/Holerga

BUCHAREST, 8 September 2022. A new support hub for refugee children and Romanian children from vulnerable families was inaugurated on Thursday by the Bucharest Mayoralty, through the General Directorate for Social Assistance of Bucharest, Anaid Association and UNICEF in Romania. Located at Dimitrie Pompeiu Blvd. 6A, the new Support Hub for Children and Women will host Ukrainian children during the day so they can attend online classes according to the Ukrainian curriculum, while also providing non-formal educational activities and Romanian lessons.

Refugee children in Bucharest who are not enrolled in the Romanian school system need to continue their kindergarten and online education according to the Ukrainian school curriculum. Also, the Romanian children from vulnerable families need support to access education. At the same time, their parents need support so that their children can learn in a safe and friendly environment. The ‘Pipera’ Support Hub for Children and Women, set up with the Bucharest Mayoralty’s and its partners’ help, creates the premises for all vulnerable children to access the quality educational services they need, to develop their socio-emotional skills and to make new friends”, said Bucharest Deputy Mayor Horia Tomescu.  

Through this hub, Anaid Association and DGASMB, with support from UNICEF, provide also access to kindergarten and after-school  services. After attending the online courses according to the Ukrainian curriculum, in the second part of the day, the children are involved in non-formal educational activities and learn Romanian. During the day, children are provided with meals and snacks. The total number of Ukrainian children to benefit from the services provided in the support hub by the end of the year is 150.

All children have the right to a quality inclusive education and together with our institutional and civil society partners we are working to make sure Ukrainian children taking shelter in Romania can continue their learning in Romanian schools or online according to the Ukrainian curriculum with their Ukrainian teachers and colleagues. At the same time, we offer support so that children can learn Romanian or play with their friends, while their parents can earn a living knowing their children are in a safe environment. The hub also fosters social inclusion bringing together in a friendly space both Romanian and Ukrainian children”, said Anna Riatti, UNICEF Representative in Romania.

We are happy to work with the Bucharest Mayoralty, DGASMB and UNICEF in this project. As part of the civil society, we have been supporting refugee response from the first days of the crisis. With our partners’ support, in the past months, we organized a summer school in which we provided Romanian lessons to Ukrainian children and after-school services. For refugee children in Bucharest who are back to school online, our support will be essential to continuing their education and to encourage them to make new friends”, said Diana Alexandroae, President of Anaid Association.

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