More than two-thirds of educational institutions in Ukraine have bomb shelters

Ukrainian authorities have indicated that 76% of educational institutions are equipped with bomb shelters.

This was said by the Ukrainian Minister of Education Oksen Lisovy according to The Kyiv Independent toward the media entrepreneur Suspilne. “But this is not enough. In order for schools, kindergartens, vocational schools and colleges to be equipped with shelters, local budgets have contributed a great deal,” the minister said in the interview. He added that about 7,000 shelters still need to be built. “Of these, 2,000 shelters are in areas where we will not build today because we do not foresee that children could go to school there. These are educational facilities that are between zero and 50 kilometers from the front line,” the official told Suspilne.

Around 3,500 educational facilities damaged or destroyed

Earlier, Lisovy told a conference that about 500,000 Ukrainian children would resume schooling from Sept. 1. Depending on security conditions, the process will vary from region to region, he said. As a result of the Corona pandemic and the Russian war of aggression, many schools in Ukraine were closed and did not reopen. As a result, one-third of Ukrainian children were learning online. According to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), about half of Ukrainian teachers believe their students’ language, reading, and math skills have deteriorated since then. UNICEF reported in July that more than 3,500 educational facilities have been damaged or destroyed since February 2022., Президент України Володимир Зеленський з другою частиною опитувальника щодо отримання Україною статусу кандидата в члени ЄСCC BY 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons (no changes made)

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