top of page
  • Writer's pictureNana yaw Dynamic

Schools in Ukraine moving underground to protect students


Everything in Kharkiv has been altered by the Russian war, including the way children live.

Russia is firing missiles at Ukraine's second city. Because the border is so close, there isn't much time to stop them.

It will be difficult to find a safe place to hide if they hit Kharkiv, which is likely to be their target.


Schools and kindergartens have been shut for almost two years in light of security concerns, and the jungle gyms are unfilled.

Presently, as the large conflict go on for right around three years, a few pieces of life in Kharkiv are occurring underground.

In the tram, there are extraordinarily constructed homerooms close to the stage at five stations.

The local government began offering school lessons in the city's streets a few months ago.

Weekend preschool classes are now available.


Nika's story

A six-year-old girl who finally gets to have fun and play with other kids.

She now happily walks to the nearby metro station in bright pink rubber boots after two years of studying online.

She strolls past annihilated military workplaces from the intrusion, close to her home. Shrapnel has destroyed buildings and broken glass everywhere.

Be that as it may, when Nika is on the train going to class, her mom doesn't need to stress any longer.


"Guardians can feel sure that their kid will be protected, and the kid can continue to carry on with their normal life," says Olha Bondarenko.

"The trouble makers can't contact us here. "

She says Nika didn't do well in kindergarten.


"It is extremely significant." In the event that there are no children outside and the air strike alarms continue onward off, a kid will not have the option to play with different children.

In underground kindergartens, Kharkiv currently has approximately 700 spots for children under the age of six. In the same classroom, three times as many children attend school.

There were children whose parents were killed in the fighting or who lived in areas that were frequently attacked. They need additional assistance from the analysts and educators.

At the point when we visited, there was music, individuals moving, and a ton of giggling. A few children are claiming to be specialists and medical caretakers, and others are singing and playing with plastic blocks.


Endeavoring to mix in and act ordinary.

The specialists endeavored to make things as ordinary as possible.

Close to the bright pictures of blossoms and huge caterpillars on the walls, there are banners advance notice about the risk of mines. Be that as it may, when the alarms sound to caution of rockets coming, nobody needs to go anyplace.

The Bondarenko family left their town since there was a conflict occurring and Russian fighters were attempting to assume control over Kharkiv. There were a great deal of blasts happening constantly.


Numerous families lived in the metro around then. In March 2022, I observed infants on train platforms with their parents and elderly women sleeping in train cars.

In September, when the Russian powers moved away, the city felt better and Olha and her kids got back.

Her better half is in the military, and remaining in Kharkiv implied being close to him.

I inquired as to whether she fears the air strikes, yet Viktoria shook her head.

The alarm lets us know that a rocket could be coming, however it's not without a doubt. It's split in half. Simply have faith that everything will be fine.


The plans are being changed.

The location of Kharkiv, which is only 40 kilometers (25 miles) from the Russian border, is the main issue.

We really want better than ever ways of guarding against assaults from the air. " Mayor Ihor Terekhov asserts, "If the missiles are hitting right now, it means we don't have enough."

In any case, even the most up to date Western frameworks would struggle at such a brief distance.


Air assaults have been occurring all the more frequently since December and more children are beginning to go to the metro school.

So the city is beginning to fabricate more long-lasting underground designs.

A new school is being built in the Industrialny district beneath a sports field that was severely damaged by missile strikes.

The homerooms will be constructed five meters underground and can hold 900 understudies at various times.


This moment, it's a long and bended shell with laborers welding, putting mortar, and hitting with a sledge toward each path you look.

The head manufacturer says his organization made a decent new zoo and changed a recreation area before the assault. " I couldn't care less," he says, lifting his shoulders.

It makes him consider the underground safe houses that were inherent Soviet industrial facilities during the Virus War.


"I don't believe that we should go underground. " During a site inspection, the mayor claims that it is a safety rule that must be followed.

The school ought to be prepared toward the finish of Spring, however that may be excessively hopeful.


The Teachers

In one more area of town, at the metro school, Olha Bondarenko jabbers about confronting difficulties and being solid. The name of this city is "unbreakable."

There was an airstrike in Kharkiv. You feel stressed for a brief period, however at that point you wipe away your tears and forge ahead. " " The mother of two says this is the means by which everybody lives here. "


Be that as it may, here, the contrast among life and passing can occur in only a couple of moments or a brief distance.

Olha has awful dreams about being stuck under the messed up house with her children.

"I'm truly scared of that. " I get truly terrified when I contemplate being caught under a heap of rocks or flotsam and jetsam.

The schools that are covered up underground are tied in with changing and remaining alive.

Yes, it's strange, but we have no other option. We believe that our children should grow up here in our country. " In Ukraine, Natalia Bilohryshchenko tells me. In Ukraine, Natalia tells me.


She drives the preschool schooling office for the city committee. She says educators are exceptionally glad to be once again working.

They had glossy eyes. The kids went unnoticed by them.

Out of nowhere, Natalia starts to cry.


"At the point when things are quiet, come see our ordinary kindergartens," she says with tears in her eyes.

"Everything is extremely miserable. But it's alright. All that will be okay.

Comments


AG RADIOListen Live
bottom of page