We are already used to this kind of counting: today is the war’s 20th, 50th, and 120th day. And it is the same day as our education. However, this education is unusual because now, we are all studying the ways of survival in a country during a war. Our studies are interrupted by the sounds of sirens and explosions, and the biggest fear is not to give the wrong answer but to lose our homes, people close to us, or even our lives. This is our new reality; it tests and transforms us but simultaneously makes us stronger. Life must go on against all odds, and it must prevail!
Vision and mood
“We always say that education is the most powerful weapon!” Halyna Volodymyrivna says. She is a teacher from the village of Snovyanka, Chernihiv region.
“The main task of the educational front now is to prevent the enemy from taking away the education of Ukrainian children, to prevent them from stealing our future!”
Step 1. The lessons of war
“The beginning of the full-scale Russian invasion made it very, very difficult to hold the educational front,” Ms. Halyna says.
“But education is imperative. After all, studying gives children a safe space and a certain sense of stability in the most difficult times. It helps them adapt to new ways of living. During our hard spring, we, the teachers, tried to support and comfort children despite the alarm sirens and shelling — through online education, we tried to help them get through these trials. School is more than just studying and homework; it also provides lessons in humanity and kindness!”.
“The main lessons of the war are the lessons of mutual aid, and we, Ukrainians, have learned it perfectly! Our children see how adults unite to help soldiers at the front, how we all weave masking nets, and how each of us helps as much as possible, each in our own way.
These are fundamental lessons of humanness! Education is the main weapon of the future, and now it emphasizes humanness and humanism. We are glad we can give our children so many lessons of kindness even during such a difficult time”.
Step 2. Safety is above all!
“Educators are now more active and engaged in work than ever, and the educational front is strong and prevailing. We are proud to be at it!” Halyna Volodymyrivna says.
“However, we, educators, have many tasks and challenges to deal with. Currently, our main task is to make the school a safe place. Whether the new school year starts online or offline, you must set up your schoo’sl bomb shelter properly. Safety is above all!”. “Our Snovyanka secondary school building was constructed in the 1980s; it accommodates students from grades one to nine and shares common ground with a kindergarten.
It has a spacious underground level that is not just a basement but a legitimate bomb shelter; however, since it has not been used for many years, it needs significant repair and reorganization.
We are grateful to the kind people of Goodacity for helping us with the materials. It is very precious to us to have such caring people who are always ready to help! Of course, a reliable bomb shelter is a top priority now, so our whole community is up to working on it! Although there is still a lot of work to do, we are pleased with what has already been accomplished. For now, the sewage system has been updated, electricity has been installed, and access to clean drinking water is present”.
Time to sum it up
Current preparation for the educational process is a test of stability and professionalism for all educators, but we manage to cope with these challenges! And in the same way, our country will pass its most difficult test of war! This is our common struggle, and there will be a common victory for everyone fighting at their front!
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