Today is the start of the second school year in the midst of a full-scale war. Almost 4 million students will go to school. This was stated by Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal during a Government session on September 1.
"The future of Ukraine is the children whom, despite the war, we must give the best education and opportunities to realize themselves and their potential. I would like to thank all teachers, lecturers, educators and pedagogical staff who work and build the future of Ukraine," the Prime Minister said.
According to the Head of Government, 10,500 schools will open their doors on September 1. More than 6,500 will operate in a regular format, and almost 4,000 will operate in a mixed format. Another 2,500 schools will continue to work distantly.
"The safety of children has been and remains the number one priority. To this end, in 2023 the Government allocated UAH 1.5 billion to the regions to equip shelters in schools," said Denys Shmyhal.
According to the Prime Minister, as of today, almost 84% of schools have shelters and bomb shelters. He has stressed that no offline learning is possible if there is no reliable shelter.