[Ukraine] Launch of “Smart Class”, an online learning support program for Ukrainian refugee children – Moldova
Peace Winds Japan (PWJ) launched an online learning program called “Smart Class”, for Ukrainian children who were evacuated to Moldova.
By the end of May, a total of around 250 Ukrainians had fled to the shelters covered by the Peace Winds class, including around 100 children.
Many of these refugee children are skipping school in Moldova in hopes of returning home to Ukraine as soon as they can.
Many children are taking online lessons from Ukrainian schools on smartphones at evacuation centers, but this is sometimes difficult due to the nature of the environment which is not conducive to learning.
To help solve this problem, Peace Winds Japan has teamed up with a local organization, Phoenix, and the international NGO Smart Aid, and launched the Smart Class project, which provides computers and installs computer rooms at the inside the shelters, creating a quiet space for Ukrainians. children to study online.
Although schools in Ukraine and Moldova are on summer vacation until the end of August, Smart Class is available for children as a summer school program. In the future, students will also be able to take English and Romanian lessons, which will probably be necessary for life outside Ukraine.
Many children said they enjoy attending Smart Class because they don’t have the ability to use computers at the shelter.
Thank you to our local partners, and we look forward to continuing to maintain close relationships with our Ukrainian beneficiaries to best meet their needs.