According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), over four million Ukrainians, mostly women and children, have fled their country to escape the war and save their lives. They are now refugees. UNHCR estimates that there are also approximately 6.5 million internally displaced persons within Ukraine. In total, over 10 million people – that’s about a quarter of the population of Ukraine – have had to leave their homes. Europe has not seen such a large-scale movement of people since the Second World War.
Since the beginning of the Russian invasion on 24 February 2022, the world has watched on in horror as a free people has had to defend its right to decide its own destiny and continue to live in democracy. A large number of women have had to flee with their children, leaving their sons and husbands to fight the aggressors. In leaving their country, they risk exploitation by human traffickers eager to take advantage of their deep distress.
The humanitarian crisis has sparked solidarity in Europe and beyond. The Federation for EDucation in Europe (FEDE), which promotes universal values of democracy, human rights and the rule of law, wants to do everything it can to help Ukrainian pupils and students. We are calling on you to take concrete action to help Ukrainian refugees continue their education.
FEDE member institutions, regardless of their country, are encouraged, wherever possible, to make space available on their premises to host the Ukrainian pupils and students that have sought refuge in their country. We are also asking your teachers to help train Ukrainian women to give lessons. Much has already been done in the public sector, but the FEDE’s network of member institutions can also make an important contribution: we can help children and young people, traumatised by the terrible events in Ukraine, to keep on learning.
All member institutions wishing to get involved in this humanitarian scheme are asked to please contact the FEDE.
We hope that the scheme will help a large number of Ukrainian refugees to regain a sense of serenity and hope during these tragic times that are so difficult for them, their families and their
The FEDE team