Italy is one of the European countries with the highest number of Ukrainian students, war refugees, enrolled in school. The data comes from two reports on the integration of Ukrainian refugee students and host countries, revised by the Eurydice network, “Supporting refugee students from Ukraine in schools in Europe” and “Supporting refugee students from Ukraine in higher education in Europe”
From the two reviewed reports relating to the year 2021/2022, it appears that the number of Ukrainian refugee children and adolescents varies greatly between countries. Especially in May:
- the highest number is recorded in Poland (528,110), followed by Germany (approximately 290,000), the Czech Republic (70,530), Italy, Romania, Spain and Slovakia (between 30,000 and 40,000).
- in all countries some of these young people were not yet enrolled in school.
- In Italy, among the countries with the highest percentage, the members were 71%, as can be seen in the picture below.
One of the strategies implemented for the education of Ukrainian students is distance learning according to the Ukrainian curriculum. Support for synchronous distance learning via video conference is also offered in Italy and Germany to allow Ukrainian students to participate in lectures and final exams.
Special laws were also adopted to recruit and collaborate with Ukrainian teachers. In Italy, the figure of the linguistic-cultural mediator has spread.
“European countries have already taken important steps to integrate Ukrainian refugees into education systems, and the European Commission is mobilizing a range of programs and policy instruments to support them. explains Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth. We provide financial support for schools, vocational training and education, as well as early childhood education and support through the EU Cohesion Funds, Erasmus + and the European Solidarity Corps. We have established an EU Education Solidarity Group for Ukraine to identify the needs of Ukrainian children and to support their host Member States.“.
The two reports: Support of refugee students from Ukraine in schools in Europe and Support of refugees from Ukraine in higher education in Europe