Almost 2,500 children from the Mykolaiv and Dnipro regions received laptops for online education from the Olena Zelenska Foundation and partners from the United Arab Emirates. As a result, the need for gadgets for children from vulnerable categories in 12 frontline communities has been fully met.
Schoolchildren from four communities in Mykolaiv region received laptops for distance learning: Berezanska, Voskresenska, Ochakivska and Snihurivska communities. As well as students from eight communities in the Dnipropetrovska region: Marhanetska, Myrivska, Nikopolska, Pershotravenska, Pokrovska (urban), Pokrovska (rural), Tomakivska and Chervonohryhorivska.
"Unfortunately, for the second year in a row, thousands of children from frontline communities are unable to attend school due to the constant shelling. We are grateful to our partners, the Government of the United Arab Emirates, for their continued support of Ukrainian children and the Foundation's projects. Together, we have been able to meet the urgent need for gadgets for nearly 2,500 children. Nearly 350 of these children are internally displaced. The war drove them from their homes, depriving them of a normal life, friends and school," said Nina Horbachova, Director of the Olena Zelenska Foundation.
We are grateful to the government of the UAE for support of Ukrainian children, in particular to H.E. Reem Al Hashemy, Minister of State for International Cooperation, and H.E. Mariam Almheiri, Minister of Climate Change and Environment.
To ensure that the educational process in Ukraine does not slow down even during the war, the Olena Zelenska Foundation continues to focus on education. Together with partners - the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine, companies HP and Microsoft, the Government of the United Arab Emirates, the Embassy of Ukraine in South Korea, and others - we have already collected and distributed 47,000 educational devices to teachers and students.
According to the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine, almost 400,000 students and 81,000 teachers still urgently need laptops and tablets to continue online education.
We would like to remind you that the Foundation has started to equip shelters in schools and kindergartens in Poltava, Chernihiv, Kirovohrad and Dnipropetrovsk regions. Soon five thousand students and kindergarten children will have comfortable shelters in case of air raids.