“Everything will definitely work out.” Stories of children who develop their talents despite the war

“Everything will definitely work out.”  Stories of children who develop their talents despite the war


“Distance education is a compulsion.” Why it is important for children to study face-to-face

When the lyceum decided the issue of leaving distance learning, Iryna Volodymyrivna was among those who recommended going offline. The educational process, which takes place directly in the classroom, is much more effective and contributes to the socialization of children. After all, education is not only when a teacher imparts knowledge. This includes the ability to work in a team, the ability to perform group tasks, skills: hearing and perceiving information, making decisions in real time.

“Distance learning is forced. However, the effectiveness of this form of knowledge acquisition is much lower. The fact is that younger children have weak internal control, they should be controlled from the outside. There should always be a teacher nearby who can adjust the educational process. Because children sometimes go through the least resistance: “If no one sees, then why should I do it?”. They still need to form an understanding of cause-and-effect relationships, because children often think very concretely. “Why do I need English if I’m not going abroad? “. All of this is successfully resolved if children return to school,” she explains.

For these reasons, Iryna Volodymyrivna actively advocates only face-to-face education. It is not easy for both teachers and students, but it is much better, she is sure. Almost 1,400 children study at the lyceum in two shifts, and teachers are in the educational process literally from the very morning until late at night.

Thanks to the “PROTECTION” project, the school has a shelter where children can stay during air raids. The children are already used to the fact that a certain room is assigned to each class in the storage room. There are opportunities to conduct lessons without interrupting the educational process. Iryna Volodymyrivna admits that it is easiest to conduct classes under cover in high school, but in high school it is often noisy. If there is an opportunity, lessons in the shelter are conducted in a simplified format. And if it is difficult, then the children communicate with each other, waiting for the anxiety to subside.

Providing schools with shelters is the “number one” issue for the educational process now. A few thoughts on the importance of safety while learning. Shelter in schools is an indisputable foundation for a stable educational process, an island of safety during war, which allows teaching and learning in face-to-face mode. This is more than premises, Oleksandr Pisaruk, chairman of the board of Raiffeisen Bank, is convinced.

“Shelter in a school is more than a room. First, it is a guarantee that learning can continue during air anxiety and possible danger. Second, it is about the peace of mind of parents who take their children to school and go to work to raise economy of Ukraine with the confidence that their child is protected. Thirdly, this is the response of all Ukrainians to the modern realities of war, as the most courageous and adaptive people I know. Joining the project “DEFENSE: Safe Education” is our faith in the future of Ukraine, for the success of which Ukraine needs progressive and educated people”, Mr. Oleksandr emphasizes.

Thanks to Raiffeisen Bank’s support, thousands of children have already returned to full-time education, notes Nataliya Gurina, deputy head of the bank’s board. As a mother of three children, she knows for sure that the main task of childhood is socialization, and most of childhood is spent at school.

“We already know how to study online, but finding a best friend, sharing an emotion and feeling the support of like-minded people live – these priceless moments can really be felt only at school. Therefore, by arranging a shelter, we not only ensure the safety of all participants in the educational process: children , teachers and parents, and also bring back the joy of childhood for our best little, but such mature and courageous Ukrainians! And we see that it works: our children every day have a desire to go to school, travel the world of knowledge and grow up right here – in our Ukraine !”, she says.

When it is difficult to conduct a lesson, the children in the shelter are replaced by extremely valuable communication, notes Iryna Volodymyrivna from the Kropyvnytskyi Lyceum. If one of the students was worried, then after talking with a friend, it becomes easier.

“During distance learning, they really missed communication, and they don’t have enough breaks, so in the shelter they realize the opportunity to communicate with their peers. I will say even more: when I teach a lesson in the shelter, other classes come to listen. We often discuss literature during the war , we talk about the Second World War, about Hitler, we analyze George Orwell’s work “1984”. It happens that children from physical education are taken to my place to listen to a lesson. The advantage of being sheltered is that they can communicate with each other. We have to work, despite all the circumstances, despite the war. For the sake of children having a future.”

When it is difficult to conduct a lesson, the children in the shelter are replaced by extremely valuable communication, notes Iryna Volodymyrivna from the Kropyvnytskyi Lyceum. If one of the students was worried, then after talking with a friend, it becomes easier.



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