Renovation of the school shelter in partnership with KSE Foundation and Razom for Ukraine made it possible to resume face-to-face education in another school in the Kyiv region – Tarashchanska gymnasium “Osvitoria” returned 133 school children to classes.
Thanks to the financial contribution of the “Razom for Ukraine” charitable foundation, KSE Foundation arranged the premises of the old basement of the educational institution.
With the beginning of the full-scale war, the Tarashchanska gymnasium worked remotely. After months of online classes, parents and teachers set up shelters on their own, so students returned to blended learning. But despite the efforts of the school staff, the premises did not have the necessary conditions for the children to stay – an earthen floor covering, fire-resistant wooden doors, no partitions in the toilet.
“The children were ashamed to go to the toilet, because it was separated by just one curtain, they had to endure it. But despite all the difficulties, we constantly held games and classes in the shelter in order to calm the children,” – says Liudmyla Kovalenko, director of the Tarashchanska gymnasium.
Today, children are able to attend school every day – the renovated shelter allowed them to resume face-to-face education of all classes in two shifts. Waterproofing and floor screed were installed here, a full-fledged toilets with partitions were installed, windows were dismantled and bricked up, lighting was installed, ventilation was installed, doors were replaced, all surfaces were treated from mold and painted, concrete stairs were repaired, pipes were painted and thermally insulated, and soft benches for sitting were purchased.
At the beginning of the full-scale war, the gymnasium became a shelter for lots of evacuated Ukrainians – the school provided food for displaced people and soldiers. At the same time, the gymnasium accepted 8 children from the occupied villages of Kyiv region and Donetsk region for online education, and three of them are still studying at the school today.
Despite the war’s challenges to the educational process, high school children continue to achieve results: recently, 9th grader Anna won the All-Ukrainian exhibition of decorative and applied arts “Know and love your country”, and high school student Bohdan plays in the hockey team of Ukraine and represents his school and country in Switzerland!
As part of the All-Ukrainian program “ZAKHYSTOK: Safe Education” by the KSE Foundation, more than 40 shelters in schools and kindergartens of Ukraine have already been repaired.
Participate in the arrangement of school shelters – every hryvnia allows you to repair more shelters. Make a donation using the link: https://foundation.kse.ua/en/safe-education