Escape from war: Ukrainian children’s own school

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Escape from war: Ukrainian children’s own school

By Alexander Buchmann, Lennart Zielke

Dresden – The war unleashed by Russia is raging at home, but for the nearly 1,400 Ukrainian school-age children and young people living in Dresden they sought protection from Putin’s bombs, school life must continue.

From Monday, only Ukrainian children will be educated in the school building on Höckendorfer Weg. © Holm Helis

However, as the capacity of new classrooms in existing schools is limited, the city hall will open a new one exclusively for Ukrainian students on Monday.

For this purpose, the school building on Höckendorfer Weg (Kleinpestitz) is used, which served as an outsourcing location for the 26th primary school until the winter holidays. The GDR times building will be divided into high school and primary / after school areas, according to the city hall.

Elementary school, after-school and administration students move to the first floor, high school students to the second.

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Eight classrooms are available for each type of school, in which a total of about 400 children can be taught.

However, the new school will not be fully occupied at first.

Ukrainian teachers also fled

Mayor of Education Jan Donhauser (52, CDU) has to find classrooms for nearly 1,400 Ukrainian students.  (archive image)

Mayor of Education Jan Donhauser (52, CDU) has to find classrooms for nearly 1,400 Ukrainian students. (Archive image) © Holm Helis

As announced by the school authority in response to a TAG24 request, two primary school classes and two high school classes will begin on Monday, each with 23 students. The State Office of School and Education is still looking for suitable teachers for other classes.

A comprehensive school for Ukrainian children and young people has the advantage that the few mother tongue teachers can be optimally employed.

Some of them fled the war themselves. For example, a Ukrainian lesson began at Bühlau High School on April 11, taught by a teacher who also fled.

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“I am very grateful to the Office for Schools for the great commitment. At the same time, we make sure that the use of the learning house provided for the university school on Höckendorfer Weg does not hinder it,” says Mayor of Education Jan Donhauser ( 52, CDU).

Ukrainian students want to study in Dresden

The percentage of foreigners among TU students has risen from 14.8 percent (2018) to the current 17.4 percent.

The percentage of foreigners among TU students has risen from 14.8 percent (2018) to the current 17.4 percent. © Christian Juppe

As the war progresses, more and more Ukrainian students flock to Saxon universities. At the Technical University (TU) of Dresden alone (31,000 students), more than 700 potential Ukrainian students registered by Easter.

Five students are already continuing their studies at TU Dresden which they started in Ukraine. An additional transition program is intended to make it easier for students to return to work.

The language barrier also makes it essential to expand intensive learning courses. “Passing the B1 exams at the end of the summer semester allows students to be admitted to the flexible exchange program for the winter semester,” explains Peter Rosenbaum, head of the International Office at TU Dresden.

The involvement of other TU foreign students could favor integration. Their share in the student body is 17%. Most of the students come from China and India.

With 148 students, Ukrainians are currently the fifth largest group among foreigners. The demand for study places for Ukrainian students is also increasing in other universities in Saxony. 26 questions are currently being processed at Chemnitz University of Technology. The University of Leipzig now advises more than 900 prospective Ukrainian students.

Cover photo: Editing: Holm Helis

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