The education of young people is often an afterthought in the larger narratives of war, but nurturing critical thought, creativity, curiosity, and compassion is never more important than in moments such as this. Today’s students will be integral in rebuilding and reinvigorating Ukraine; it is imperative we understand the obstacles to learning so that we are able to address and overcome them.
1.5 million children have not had a full day of instruction since the full-scale invasion began*
As many as 700,000 school-aged children are refugees in other countries*
1.2 million children are learning in hybrid environments, splitting learning between in-person and virtual classes*
Constant power outages caused by Russian missile strikes on Ukrainian energy infrastructure frequently interrupt the educational process indefinitely
During unpredictable air raids, safety takes precedence and education is interrupted as children seek protection in bomb shelters