Ukrainian students join Nimes school benches away from war and horror

Since last Thursday, Ukrainian students have been gradually integrating classes in the city of Antonin. Focus on establishing a welcome imbued with solidarity and respect.

Her little hands carefully handle the glue bar to align the colorful shapes of the house of her dreams on the white sheet as she pleases.

And for 5-year-old Mikita, a mustard yellow sweatshirt with the inscription “Future” as the banner, a house means a lot. For this boy, who for ten days fled his family in the suburbs of Odessa in Ukraine, to take refuge in Nimes, away from war and horror.

Look for the other children

Since Thursday, March 17, the boy has joined one of the large section classes at Emmanuel-d’Alzon Elementary School, as have nine other young compatriots of his, aged between 5 and 13 (including a girl of the class Ulis) schooled. to the University.

Thanks to the solidarity of high school staff and parents. Thanks also to the dedication of the school’s Russian teacher, Irina Parfebyuk, who is firmly committed to helping these suffering families and these innocent victims as much as possible.

Irina Parfenyuk, Russian teacher: “Preserving children”

How was he contacted to be a reference for Ukrainian students in Alzon?

I have been teaching Russian at the Institut Emmanuel d’Alzon in Nimes for 11 years. I myself am Russian, with Ukrainian grandparents. Inevitably, I am very sensitive to the tragedy that is currently taking place. Especially because Ukrainians and Russians are united by the same language. It was obvious to me to offer my help. And to respond to the call of the Ministry of National Education which called on all Russian speakers to help refugee students.

At Alzon everything was quickly put in place to accommodate these students!

Indeed. With Mr. Lachaud made the decision to welcome them as soon as possible and move on. Without waiting. We asked our former Russian teachers who responded to offer their volunteer time. Thus, Ukrainian students who have just joined and will still arrive, will go to classes with students of their age in the morning, and in the afternoon with the precious help of high school students who are taking Russian classes, we will give Classes of French for newcomers to help them integrate as quickly as possible. Even though the children are traumatized by what they are going through, they are happy to go back to school to find children. And the courtyard.

The public also organizes the reception of refugee students. So a 6-year-old girl is due to join the UPE2A class (allophone class) at Mont-Duplan School this week. Similar units, the city of Nimes currently has 15 in 1st grade and 8 in second.

Student assessment

And it is mainly in these systems where Ukrainian students should be educated as they progress, with the stated goal “educate these children in normal classes, allowing them to have the right support to help them in their schooling”specifies Vincent Desoutter, the chief of staff of the Gard’s academic director of national education.

Once enrolled, an evaluation of the student is performed by a specialized teacher: “We have identified with the support of Casnav (Academic Center for the Education of Newborn Allophone Children and Children of Traveling and Traveling Families), certified teachers in French as a second language FLS and French as a foreign language FLE, as well as for Russian-speaking second-level teachers in order to organize language, writing and math tests “continues the cabinet director he listed on Friday, 6 students already in school in the Gard and 38 waiting to be.

Active, “Accompaniment can be offered to the student through a personalized program of educational success (PRE) to help him in his schooling according to the difficulties identified in the evaluation”.

Because for all those involved in education, whether in the public or private sector, there is the same will: to allow these children to find some serenity.

In the courtyard of d’Alzon, between laughter and tears, two blond heads fight fiercely over the foam ball with their toes. 8-year-old Semen and 6-year-old Egor, the two inseparable Ukrainian brothers, play a tough football match with their new friends in Nimes with a smile. He laughs bravely as he reinforces his footwork. One shot. The goal. Happiness. And unity. No matter where they come from, children are still children. Sant.

Kamila, 15, teaches online

Kamila, 15, arrived in Nimes with her mother Katia last week, thanks to the solidarity chain created by Vika. The teenager from Odessa immediately reconnected with Ukraine, her teachers and classmates, thanks to the lessons that are given every morning by video conference.

“This system was already in operation during the Covid-19 outbreak.” Hard to project after this long journey, far from a city where he left his family. He has to go regularly to the institution of Saint-Stanislas, located not far from the flat where he lives, to do his homework and meet young people his age. On Friday he was able to discover the canteen.

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