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Slovakia's education response to the influx of Ukrainian students

Context

The website of the Ministry of Education of Slovakia presents a wealth of information for students and teachers on the integration of Ukrainian students into the schooling system. These include webinars, online trainings and overview of the education system.  

Basic education 

Access to pre-primary and compulsory education is free and open to all. Schools will prepare for incoming Ukrainian students by appointing an adaptation coordinator, an interpreter and preparing material and forms in Ukrainian. In addition, various basic and advanced language courses are organized and financed by the Government.  

The Slovak company Soficreo translated its educational platform Teemea into Ukrainian. Ukrainian teachers and classmates who fled the war can stay in touch with each other and their schools. Classes have already started and it is up to the teachers to decide how to organize their classes.  

In parallel, the MoE and National Institute of Education (SPU) have made resources available to support teachers managing students with different language levels and those who need psychological support. These include webinars and instructions on the integration of children fleeing the war, links to podcasts on how to talk about the war with young children and teenagers and links to psychological materials prepared by the Council of Clinical Psychologists. 

To facilitate the employment of Ukrainian teachers in Slovak schools during this emergency period, the government waives temporarily the regular clean criminal record procedure for teachers. Instead, Ukrainian teachers will submit a statutory declaration and be evaluated by an expert.  

 

The government is preparing a one-off financial contribution for schools to cover the increased costs of incoming Ukrainian refugee students. Such costs include purchasing new desks, chairs and covering school lunches.

The EU issued operational guidelines for the implementation of Council implementing Decision 2022/382, establishing the existence of a mass influx of displaced persons from Ukraine within the meaning of Article 5 of Directive 2001/55/EC, and having the effect of introducing temporary protection (2022/C 126 I/01). As such, EU Member States shall grant access to their education system to persons under 18 years old enjoying the temporary protection status under the same conditions as their own nationals and EU citizens.

Bibliography

Government sources:  

"Situácia Na Ukrajine." Domov | Ministerstvo školstva, Vedy, Výskumu a športu Slovenskej Republiky. Accessed March 22, 2022. Source

"ČO MÁM AKO RIADITEĽ ŠKOLY UROBIŤ?" Státny Pedagogický Ustav (SPU). Accessed March 22, 2022. Source

"Od začiatku vojenského konfliktu prišlo z Ukrajiny na Slovensko takmer 270-tisíc osôb” Ministerstvo Vnútra Slovenskej Republiky. Accessed March 31, 2022. Source

Other sources:  

"Slovaks Offer Educational Platform to Ukrainian Teachers and Pupils." The Slovak Spectator. Last modified March 3, 2022. Source

"About 1,000 Ukrainian Children Enrolled in Slovak Schools So Far." The Slovak Spectator. Last modified March 16, 2022. Source