UNICEF organizes 15 mobile safety classes for children

09 October 2023
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The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has teamed up with Ukraine’s Ministry of Interior Affairs, the State Emergency Service (SES) and the National Police to increase children's awareness of personal safety rules and foster a safety culture.

Today, UNICEF delivered 15 vehicles that will be used to conduct mobile safety classes for children. The cars contain special equipment for conducting the classes both inside and outside of the "mobile" classroom. The mobile safety classes will operate in the Dnipro, Mykolaiv, Odesa, Zaporizhia, Poltava, Kharkiv, Sumy, Kyiv, Zhytomyr, and Chernihiv regions, as well as in the city of Kyiv. 

During the mobile safety classes, the SES and the National Police will use interactive tools and formats developed by UNICEF to educate children about life-saving topics such as mine awareness, fire safety, safety at home, road safety rules, safety during wintertime, and safety in water, cybersecurity and more.

“Understanding safety rules at home and on the streets, especially the mine risks, is extremely important,” says Murat Sahin, UNICEF Ukraine Representative. “Nearly one-third of children were not able to start in-person education because of proximity to the frontline and shelling. These 15 mobile safety classrooms will operate in affected areas, offering children interactive methods and interesting tools to keep them informed, aware and educated about mine safety and other topics related to their well-being. This partnership will help ensure that we reach the children across the country who are most at risk.”

"These vehicles will go to ten regions of Ukraine and the city of Kyiv. They will operate in those remote areas and communities where children do not have access to in-person learning. The classes contain everything a child needs to know," said Ihor Klymenko, Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine.

To make lessons more engaging for children and youth, UNICEF, together with the SES, the police and the NGO "Cultural Platform of Transcarpathia", developed lesson scenarios and interactive materials using edutainment, an approach to learning through play. Safety training materials are also available at spilnoteka.org.

In addition, UNICEF organized a capacity-building training for representatives of the SES and the National Police who will lead the mobile classes, on the principles of teaching personal safety topics according to international standards, on interactive teaching methods for modern children, as well as on the psychological aspects of working with children in war conditions. 

In developing the format of mobile safety classes, UNICEF built on its experience of running UNICEF Spilno spots. These child-friendly spaces give children the opportunity to spend time with their peers, playing and learning in a safe space. 

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Oleksandra Burynska
Communications Specialist
UNICEF Ukraine

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