Prioritizing Education in the Humanitarian Response for Ukrainian Children
The Breteau Foundation stands with Ukraine and we are committed to making sure that no child is getting left behind. Whilst food, shelter, clothing and hygiene are key priorities for the humanitarian response, we too recognize that education is being missed for some of the more disadvantaged Ukrainian families and children who may not have access to a device for remote learning or who are waiting to be placed in a Polish school. There is also a high need for Ukrainian literature for many children who do not have Polish as an additional language. With these needs and growing educational gaps, we must respond and prioritize education for many Ukrainian children who are currently in limbo and who may continue missing months of learning.
In the short-term to plug the immediate learning gap, our team has packed and distributed 3,000 academic packs along the Poland-Ukrainian border with stationery essentials, playdough and accompanying educational booklets translated into Ukrainian languages and activities. These booklets were adapted from our COVID-19 syllabus for distance learning, which drew from the Playdough Curriculum: a variety of numeracy, literacy, and creativity activities designed to be multi-level for primary school children. In addition, we provided strength and resilience based activities that contribute to social-emotional learning and resilience development. Especially now, emotional and social development is crucial for children to process and express their feelings and develop their behavioral responses in a turbulent environment.