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Nearly 2,000 children who have fled the war in Ukraine have entered Estonian education system

A total of 1,942 children and young people who have arrived in Estonia from Ukraine are registered in the Estonian Education Information System (EHIS) as of 4 April. There are 353 children in primary education, 1,426 in basic education, 118 in upper secondary education and 45 in vocational education.

According to Liina Põld, Deputy Secretary General for General Education and Youth Policy, Ukrainian war refugees have now arrived in kindergartens and schools in all Estonian counties. “In those regions where more pupils from Ukraine will stay in the future, the creation of additional places has been considered. This doesn’t necessarily mean building a new school, but adding places to an existing school,” explains Põld, referring to the example of the Lilleküla Gymnasium, which is launching a branch on Räägu Street with a capacity of up to 200 pupils.

According to EHIS, the highest numbers of children and youth from Ukraine attend in educational institutions in Harjumaa (763), Tartumaa (230), Pärnumaa (227) and Ida-Virumaa (154), but children have arrived in all regions. While a week ago only 9 children were registered in Saaremaa, now 45 children and young people are registered in the educational institutes. In Viljandimaa, where there were 2 children last week, 23 children or young people from Ukraine are now registered.

“It is good to see that Ukrainian educators have already started working in schools and kindergartens in various positions and can support Ukrainian children and young people,” said Deputy Secretary General for General Education and Youth Policy, Liina Põld.

Many educational institutions across Estonia have employed educational staff from Ukraine. According to the Ministry’s survey, 65 Ukrainian war refugees have been employed in 47 general education institutions and vocational schools. Most of them are employed as teachers or teaching assistants, but there are also psychologists, support workers, learning coordinators and those who help in the canteen or keep the schoolhouse clean.

For a more detailed overview of children and young people from Ukraine in educational institutions by county, see the map.

Source: Estonian Ministry of Education and Research