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UNHCR, the UN refugee agency, reported that nearly half of Ukraine’s refugee children missed school in the past school year, and hundreds of thousands are at risk of remaining out of education systems.

In its just-released Education on Hold report, the organization highlights linguistic, administrative and legal barriers to refugee children’s admission to schools. It cites a lack of information about existing educational options, parents’ concerns about to enroll the child in school in the face of hopes for a quick return to the homeland and fears of how learning in a foreign school will affect the child’s subsequent reintegration into the Ukrainian school system.

Another problem is the lack of schools in the host countries. In view of the unprecedented numbers of refugee children that appeared in the first months of the war, not all countries were able to find teachers and places in schools.

UNHCR fears that unless efforts are stepped up, hundreds of thousands of children will lose another year of education. It stresses that it is particularly important to provide parents with detailed information on educational options, together with their presentation in the light of the Ukrainian educational system. The organization notes that quick procedures for the mutual recognition of grades and certificates should be put in place to facilitate both longer stays and return to the Ukrainian education system for children.





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