UNICEF delivers another 39,000 laptops for Ukrainian schoolchildren

12 April 2024
Жінка тримає в руках 5 картонних коробок із лептопами
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KYIV, 15 April 2024—The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has delivered 39,000 laptops to support middle and high school students in 8 Ukrainian regions, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine. The delivery was made as part of the Device Coalition, an alliance of organizations, businesses, governments, and philanthropists for students and educators.

“Access to education is a fundamental right of every child," says Munir Mammadzade, UNICEF Representative to Ukraine. “Due to the ongoing war, the closure of schools has hampered children's access to their basic right — the right to education. Therefore, UNICEF is supporting the learning process in Ukraine to stress the importance of continuing children's education in all forms, including distance learning by mobilising digital devices so that we at least prevent further learning losses and recover them as much as possible by deploying comprehensive strategies.” 

The laptops were purchased and delivered with support from the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) and the European Union (EU). They are provided temporarily to displaced children, children with disabilities, children from low-income families or children deprived of parental care, and children with other vulnerabilities. 

Чоловік тримає у руках лептоп із наклейкою із лого ЮНІСЕФ та ЄС
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"For those areas where full-time education is currently unavailable due to proximity to the frontline or lack of shelters in the school, we have to provide children with devices for learning, which enables access to education, communication with peers, and the opportunity to receive support from teachers,” says Oksen Lisovyi, Minister of Education and Science of Ukraine. “I am grateful to our partners for all the help they have given to Ukrainian children. This is definitely an investment in a sustainable future.” 

At the request of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine, UNICEF delivered laptops to vulnerable children who study remotely in Zaporizhzhia, the Kharkivska region, and the Khersonska region. Laptops have also been provided to students in the Dnipropetrovska, Mykolaivska, Odeska, Sumska, and Chernihivska regions. In partnership with local education authorities, the devices will be distributed to educational institutions and provided to students for temporary use.   

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Munir Mammadzade, UNICEF Representative to Ukraine, and Vitaliy Kim, Head of the Mykolaiv Regional State Administration

Nearly 50,000 devices purchased in 2023 by UNICEF, with funds from the EU, the Republic of Korea, and the Government of Japan, are already in use. These are provided to Ukrainian school students with the support of the GPE, and with funding from UNICEF National Committees and the Breakthrough Prize Foundation's Technology for Refugees initiative.

UNICEF continues to support the Government of Ukraine with access to education for all students. To help children continue their education, UNICEF promotes the development of the All-Ukrainian School Online platform and familiarises teachers with modern pedagogical strategies and techniques for online and mixed learning. Moreover, UNICEF provides the necessary equipment to teachers and students, while establishing digital educational centres nationwide. The delivery of laptops is part of UNICEF's broader initiative to ensure lifelong learning in Ukraine. 

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Damian Rance
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UNICEF Ukraine

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