Europe is facing its worst humanitarian catastrophe since World War II.
Thousands of Ukrainian children are being forced to leave their homeland and need help to understand and overcome the trauma caused by such misfortune.
The war in Ukraine and the need to accommodate Ukrainian child migrants in individual national contexts prompted the European Commission to create a Guide for European ministries and agencies to facilitate their inclusion in schools.
This guide was drafted by the Commission, in consultation with:
- the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR),
- the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF),
- representatives of the ministries of education,
- stakeholder organizations that met in peer learning events between March and June 2022,
- experts from the Network Working on the Social Dimension of Education and Training (NESET)
and suggested a comprehensive approach to the child, summarized in seven areas:
- reception and admission,
- preparation of educational institutions and educational personnel,
- preparation of inclusive educational systems,
- identification of inclusive activities to be implemented,
- involvement of refugee families and communities;
- Long-term measures to promote inclusive education.
- Information and financial support for access to early childhood education and care.
In drafting this guide, the European Commission drew on a number of European projects, including ICAMnet, which contributed by developing guidelines, resource packs, and coaching workshops for schools across Europe to help them welcome and include Ukrainian Children.