Education Above All (EAA) Foundation, one of the largest global institutions in development and education, announces the successful completion of its Ukraine Emergency Education Programme – a project designed to integrate over 6,000 Ukrainian child refugees into Polish education and social systems.
In a partnership with Positive Education Institute (PEI), with support from Qatar Fund of Development, EAA Foundation’s Ukraine Emergency Education Programme addresses the need for high quality education for children affected by ongoing conflict in Ukraine. The programme, which kicked off in 2022 and covers five adaptation centres in Warsaw and 100 schools across Poland, will strengthen the well-being and productive engagement of young Ukrainian refugees from ages 8 to 16 years old.
A key aspect of this programme has been an emphasis on intercultural understanding between Polish and Ukrainian students. The programme promotes social and emotional learning by showing students how to recognise and express their emotions and develop empathy through shared experiences to create a sense of safety and connection with others. Parents also actively engaged in the project through support programmes that included bed-time stories and activity books carefully translated and localised into both Polish and Ukrainian to ensure accessibility and understanding for both parents and students in both languages.
Janhvi Kanoria, EAA Foundation’s Director of Innovation Development commented: “The Ukraine crisis has displaced 11.6 million Ukrainians, many of whom are children whose access to education has been cut short. Our Polish In-School Integration project, in partnership with PEI, and with the collaboration of the Ministry of National Education in Poland, has helped integrate over 6,000 Ukrainian child refugees into the Polish education system.