Courageous teachers both within and outside Ukraine are doing all they can to stay connected with their students and offer hope amid chaos, writes Katie Camarena.
The war in Ukraine is having a devastating impact on the country, its children and those who have fled to other countries.
There are now 5.8 million Ukrainian refugees while another 7 million are displaced within the war-torn country. UNICEF reports that about half of those who have fled are children.
Despite these overwhelming circumstances, teachers are doing whatever it takes to keep education alive no matter where their students are.
Underground but not out
The Vice President of the Trade Union of Education and Science Workers of Ukraine, Olha Chabaniuk, raised the impact of the war on the teaching profession at a meeting with international organisations. “Because many Ukrainian teachers are women, a significant part of the profession has fled to neighbouring countries,” she said. Many men have had to join the army to defend the country against the Russian invasion.