Before the war, every morning 12-year-old Arseniy would escort his younger nine-year-old sister Ivanka to school, before riding the subway to his own classes. Now, as the violence rages around them, he attends by turning on his computer.  

The war in Ukraine has had a devastating effect on children, with many now bearing the mental and physical scars. Around two-thirds of Ukraine’s children are now displaced, terrified, in shock and desperate for safety. 

UNICEF is on the ground, working with the Ministry of Education and Science to provide around 3 million children with a renewed sense of stability through online education. 

However, many are struggling, amid the escalating violence and upheaval.  

Educating children during the war in Ukraine

In the Vinnytsia apartment where Arseniy and his family currently live after fleeing their home in Kyiv, Arseniy sometimes struggles to concentrate. Space is so limited that Ivanka studies on the floor in the hallway. 

Marianna, who is 10 years old, also fled Kyiv without her workbooks. While she values the online classes, she misses her friends, cocoa breaks and her favorite taekwondo and sewing classes. 

Six-year-old Myroslava, who is also displaced in Vinnytsia, now attends an online kindergarten.  

The kindergarten, launched by UNICEF and the Ministry of Education and Science and partners, offers leisure activities, educational and developmental videos and, crucially, a sense of normality. 

With a gift in your Will, you will enable UNICEF to continue to be there for future generations of children in times of insecurity and crisis. If you’d like to find out more about how to include a gift to UNICEF in your Will, you can download our free Gifts in Wills guide below. 

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