Seizure of Donetsk University – an attempt to destroy the future of Donbas
On Sept 10 heavily armed Kremlin-backed militants from the self-proclaimed Donetsk people’s republic took control of Donetsk National University
Crimean children prevented from studying in their native language
Only the Ukrainian lyceum in Simferopol is providing a first grade class with all teaching in the Ukrainian language. Children will, however, be forced to change to Russian in the two final years of school placing them, as well as Crimean Tatar students studying in Crimean Tatar, at a severe disadvantage when taking vital school-leaving exams.
Kremlin-armed militants continue to terrorise and use children as hostages
40 children from a Luhansk children’s home abducted by Kremlin-backed militants on Saturday are now in Ukraine and safe, however militants are still refusing to allow the evacuation of other children with medical conditions from the area of fighting
Kremlin-backed militants abduct infants with special medical needs
40 infants in need of constant medical care have been abducted by Kremlin-backed militants from a children’s home in Luhansk who were planning to take them – without the necessary documentation and vital medical records into Russia.
New attempts to forcibly take orphans to Russia
150 children from two school orphanages have become hostages to the Kremlin-backed militants and are again in danger of being taken, against their will, to Russia.
Kremlin-backed militants seize educational centre in Donetsk
The Donetsk Regional Administration has reported that the Donetsk Regional Children and Youth Centre in Donetsk has been seized after it refused to accept control by the Kremlin-backed militants’ self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic.
Kyiv University to teach Crimean Tatar Language and Literature
Up till 2014 Crimean Tatar was only taught at two universities or institutes in the Crimea. The fate of the specialization offered at the Tavria University in Simferopol appears to be under threat.
Kremlin-backed militants on the hunt for pro-Ukrainian students
Armed fighters from the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic are turning up at Donetsk National University student hostels and demanding to see lists of foreign students; students from Western Ukraine and those who hold pro-Ukrainian views.
Plans to remove Ukrainian and Crimean Tatar languages in Crimean schools?
The questionnaires sent out to parents in Crimean schools may be yet another attempt to remove language options claiming that this is what parents want
Ukrainian language pushed out of Crimean schools
The Russian Education Ministry has announced that Ukrainian in Crimean schools will be retrained as teachers of Russian. Not only is the main language of tuition changing at the Ukrainian Lyceum in Simferopol, but a Russian flag has now been raised over it
Head of only Ukrainian school in Simferopol hounded out
Natalya Rudenko, head of the only Ukrainian lyceum in Simferopol and one of only 5 in the Crimea has been forced to resign under pressure from officials and the self-styled leader Sergei Aksenov’s vigilantes
Court accepts forced involvement of school kids in Party of the Regions propaganda
A Luhansk court has rejected a civil suit brought by a parent against the local authorities for making his school student son, and other kids, take part in an event which he considers a pretext for promoting the ruling Party of the Regions
Anti-Maidan cost as much as the annual budget for kindergartens
Estimates of 60 million UAH paid to bring public sector workers to Kyiv from around the country to take part in the pro-government demonstration
Regions Party propaganda not on the curriculum
A Luhansk resident has taken the authorities and the Party of the Regions to court because his school student son was forced to take part in an event which he believes to have been a pretext for promoting the Party of the Regions
“Nobody needs us”.
The words in the title reflect the bitter reality as seen by 26-year-old Vladimir Melnkikov, raised from earliest childhood in a Ukrainian orphanage. Willing to work hard and make his own way in life, he needs just one thing – an affordable roof over his head. Little to ask given the number of laws which supposedly protect the rights of orphans, and yet even that has been denied him.
A Syllabus Divided
On moves heightening division within the country, demonstrated even in controversial changes to the history syllabus and a book, published with local authority funding, which repeats Soviet lies about the Crimean Tatars. .
Crimean schoolchildren get Regions Party propaganda in school diaries
The diary for all Crimean school students drawn up by the Crimean Education Ministry and to be handed out free of charge on the first day of school is seriously slanted in favour of the ruling Party of the Regions
Young people in conflict with the law also face torture or ill-treatment
New research has been published on prevention of torture and ill-treatment of children and adolescents in conflict with the law in Ukraine.
Abandoned children: what the closed doors of institutions hide
The State is not capable of ensuring proper education; socialization and rehabilitation for children in institutions and therefore many of those leaving school orphanages cannot adapt in society and quite often end up in adult institutions.
Party of the Regions MPs continue efforts to undermine external exam system
Serhiy Kivalov, Party of the Regions MP and author of one of three draft laws on higher education has asserted that the compulsory nature of the system of Independent external assessment [ZNO] restricts people trying to get into university