Ukraine, even in schools is civil resistance. The testimony of teachers and students

The current conflict at the gates of political Europe has interrupted the feeling – or the induced status – of peace and security to which the Old Continent has hitherto been accustomed. Now this is foreseen in the dynamics of absolute uncertainty about its own geopolitical, strategic and humanitarian future. On this last point, the war that is currently on the horizon has raised questions of acceptance, human support and refugee integration, as well as political debates.

Above all, it is necessary to guarantee accommodation and food for women and children on the run, as well as education for the latter. In this case, there are two possibilities: create schools or special courses delivered in person or further teaching staff with the same teachers connected to DAD through the platform. For reasons of continuity, this seems to be the most accepted and attractive option. Let’s see why and how.

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Testimony of teachers and students: “We only interrupt lessons when we hear the airplane sirens”

There are many students ready to start vigilant classes but forced to connect with a teacher who is in Ukraine, with the risk that an explosive, regardless of the person in charge, will blow up his home. The professor is not discouraged: the courses will, as always and in a way – as far as possible with DAD – take place absolutely identical, with the maintenance of the same program and continuity with the pre-war structure of the courses.

With the bobble arm, the learning period is temporarily interrupted and then returned to normal. The boys have – unfortunately – become accustomed to DAD through the Output lock which happened in Ukraine after the COVID-19 health emergency.

“We study to look to the future”: the case of Xenia and Myrasława

Like we said, there are a lot of students who go online to pursue lessons. This is the case of two teenagers who arrived in Rome on March 9 with their family, including grandmother and aunt.

At the age of 14 and 15, respectively, she reached the capital through Salvamamme, one of the many associations that mobilized to guarantee Ukrainian families – locally or in Italy – material assistance of all kinds, including transportation. “They have two hours of lessons and then a short break – explains Irina – so until 14. In the afternoon they rest and then study the next day. Just like they used to do at home. They do everything they can to continue the math, science and history programs. “They want to go back to Ukraine and for that reason they do not agree to stay behind with school.”

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