Schooling in Wartime
“Ukrainian children are paying a high price in this war be- cause attacks on education are attacks on their future” (H. Williamson, Human Rights Watch)
As the echoes of explosions and air raid sirens reverberate across the four corners of the country, schools abruptly ceased operations. Ukrainian authorities report that from February 24, 2022, to the present day, nearly 4,000 educational facilities have suffered damage or complete destruction. Amidst the devastating impact on a generation at the front lines, another generation, composed of children and teenagers, strives to secure a future. While online
education remains the only viable option in regions proximate to the front line, in many parts of the country, in-person education has resumed despite myriad challenges. For these educational facilities to function, they must provide shelter with a capacity equal to the total number of students. Otherwise, institutions resort to organizing shifts for lessons. Schools lacking adequate shelters, even those situated far from active conflict zones, are compelled to remain closed.