762 students of the Kobeliatskyi Lyceum now will be in a comfortable shelter during air alarms. Ukrposhta, together with the KSE Foundation, arranged a cozy shelter for them as part of the All-Ukrainian safe education program “ZAKHYSTOK” launched by the charitable foundation. 

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“Most of the shelters are neglected, and in some places, in a terrible condition. The premises do not have an appropriate ventilation system, the electricity is old and hazardous, the walls are covered with fungus. Thanks to our postage stamps and the Ukrainians who buy them, we can equip shelters that will be safe, particularly for the health of children, as well as modern and cozy,” – commented General Director of Ukrposhta Ihor Smilianskyi

Currently, the renovation works in 2 large rooms of the Kobeliatskyi Lyceum shelter area of 250 square meters have been completed, and on the 1 of September the school welcomed its students:

  • a cement-sand screed is arranged on the floor,
  • treated from fungus and painted all surfaces,
  • lighting and sockets are installed,
  • fully equipped toilet rooms,
  • the shelter is also equipped with places to sit.

Previously, instead of a shelter, this lyceum had an abandoned basement with a warehouse of old furniture: “The room had bad walls, no floor, no sockets, no ventilation. Emergency lighting was a big problem. It once happened when children went down to the shelter the light disappeared. The little children got scared and started screaming and crying. Now this will not happen again,” – says school director Polina Taranenko

Kobeliatskyi Lyceum #2 named after Oles Honchar of the Kobeliatskyi City Council of the Poltava Region is a consolidated institution where 762 students study, 50 from them come to classes by school buses from the neighboring villages of Midianivka and Hanzhivka. 7 children with special educational needs study here, for whom the opportunity to return to school thanks to the shelter is an important step – social adaptation improves their psycho-emotional state. 24 IDP children from Kherson, Bakhmut, Kharkiv and Luhansk regions also attend the school.

And this year, 60 parents submitted applications to enroll their children in the first grade.

Since the new school year, all 762 children now study offline: “The shelter has the Internet connection, so we want to partially conduct lessons even during times of air alarm. We will provide educational services, put desks for each class and make a separate space. There will also be a multimedia board to show informative films and not interrupt the educational process,” – Polina Taranenko tells us.

Ukrposhta continues to help with the arrangement of shelters in Ukrainian schools. We would like to remind you that in the winter, a charity postage stamp “PTN PNH!” dedicated to the anniversary of Russia’s full-scale war against Ukraine was put into circulation. Part of the proceeds from its sale will be used to repair shelters within the framework of the KSE Foundation’s “ZAKHYSTOK: Safe Education” project.

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