26 May 2023

Ukraine’s schools reopen after UNICEF helps to rebuild

Over the last year, 13-year-old Maria's school in Irpin, Ukraine has changed dramatically. Now, thanks to help from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), it has gone from being a war-ravaged pile of bricks and broken glass, to a modern learning space. With funding from the European Union, UNICEF has also built a safe and comfortable air…, “The shelter in our school is amazing”, After over a year of war, the seventh grader still needs to adapt her schedule to the fighting. When the Kyivska region is under threat of shelling, Maria stays at home, but when the air raid siren sounds at school she goes down to the new shelter for classes. "The war has been going on for a year now, so we don't ignore air raids,” says the…, “Not a single corner of the city is safe”, After the initial hostilities in the Kyiv region subsided, families fleeing the shelling returned to the city. Others came from areas where the fighting is still ongoing. As a result, the number of students at Maria’s school has increased, from 2,000 to over 3,000. To ensure that the children are protected from attacks, the school fortified part…, Providing a safe environment, Today, some 5.3 million children in Ukraine face obstacles to education, including 3.6 million children directly affected by school closures. Image Image UNICEF Image Image UNICEF Image Image UNICEF Image Image UNICEF Image Image UNICEF Image Image UNICEF Image Image Image Image Image Image With financial support from the European Union, UNICEF…