Education: One hundred Ukrainian children attending school in Toulouse and Upper Garonne

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The Upper Garonne school inspectorate recorded 93 records of Ukrainian children, mostly in schools in the department. A total of 118 applications have been submitted since the beginning of the conflict.

Ukrainian children, already tested by a long journey through their country at war since February 24 (nearly 2 million have fled the conflict), are now quite quickly enrolling in a school, a university or a high school institute. -Garona.

The Languedoc Academy in Toulouse has activated its “Ukrainian cell phone” with a telephone number, such as the Ministry of National Education, which has created a page dedicated to Ukrainian refugees who are instructed to send their children to school in France.

“Mastery of French is a key issue for the success of allophone students,” the ministry said, but young Ukrainians, educated in the Cyrillic alphabet, will not be systematically integrated into UPE2A-type classes. educational units for incoming allophone students), said: On Thursday, March 31, the Deputy Academic Director of Upper Garonne (Dasen) Aymeric Meiss.

“A matter of comfort”

“If the child can benefit from a UPE2A, that’s fine, but we will not try to educate all Ukrainian children in these educational units, which are not available in all schools. It’s a matter of comfort for parents, so they don’t have to take extra transportation to go to school, “said Dasen.

In the department, so far, 118 parents have contacted schools, institutes and institutes. Some enrollment requests come directly from foster families who have planned for a student to arrive at their home and who are doing the paperwork to replace the family, according to the academic inspection.

93 Ukrainians educated in primary school

“Of the 118 students, 93 are already in class and are fairly well distributed in the department: most Ukrainian students study in schools, half of which are in Toulouse,” adds Aymeric Meiss. The issue of bringing several families together in the same foster home would also be considered by the academic inspectorate, which could choose to educate “all children in the same establishment, if it is close to the place of residence.” Mr. Meiss.

Many schools, whose management has taken note of the new guidelines for the reception of children arriving from Ukraine, are already working on “teacher resources,” adds Dasen, including traveling teachers. in 1st grade establishments.

Resource teachers

On the ground, not everything springs from the source. “I, who teach in a UPE2A class, was told that we had to pay special attention to Ukrainian students, but without too much detail. I will do as I usually do with my other non-French speaking students, ”says the 50-year-old teacher, who wants to remain anonymous.

The trauma of some children is also an element that the administration must take into account, assuring that “we have asked the social psychologists”. Teachers, whose “voluntarism” is hailed by English-speaking Aymeric Meiss, who speak English, Russian, and even Ukrainian, are obviously seen as important “resources” in context.

“These psychologists are involved in part of the psychological follow-up that the families requested when they arrived in France, we are already taking in children from other countries at war,” concludes the academic director.

Talking to students about the war in Ukraine

Everything seems to have been planned by the Ministry of National Education, Youth and Sports, which has already published a guide for teachers who want to address the issue of the Ukrainian war. First, the context: “Primary school students often do not have a clear and precise knowledge of the events that are currently taking place in Ukraine. If not what their parents were able to tell them, their knowledge, gathered here or there, is often very partial and may raise questions or even concerns, the guide offers. Therefore, it is important to answer them by providing them with simple and accurate geographical and historical landmarks. Locating, naming, explaining are, in fact, the most effective way for students to understand and stay calm in a situation that can cause anxiety for their family and those around them.

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