ATHENS – The European Union has mobilised resources, legislative tools, digital processes and, above all, European solidarity to continue the education and training of millions of children who have been forced to leave Ukraine and seek refuge in EU countries.
As noted in a joint article published exclusively in Greece by the Athens-Macedonian News Agency (ANA) and co-signed by the Vice President of the European Commission for the Promotion of the European Way of Life Margaritis Schinas, the Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth Mariya Gabriel, Greek Education and Religions Minister Niki Kerameus, the EU directive on “temporary protection” has been activated for the first time in history. This provides that “all refugees from Ukraine under the age of 18 have the right to education and training within the framework of EU systems.
The European Commission is also mobilising EU funds to support member-states with the reception and integration of refugees from Ukraine, including the Erasmus programme.
According to the three signatories of the article, there are two challenges and one opportunity. Ukrainian students must learn the language of the country in which they are living in order to attend classes, but also continue their studies in the Ukrainian language so that when they return to their homeland they can make smooth progress with their studies. At the same time, there is an opportunity for Ukrainian students to become acquainted with the European way of life and to prepare Ukrainian society for its European course.