New PIONEERED Report Looks at Resilience of Education Systems: Lessons from Ukraine

The beginning of September marked the start of the new school year in Ukraine. Images and news articles on that day showed destroyed school buildings and children in makeshift classrooms in bomb shelters and metro stations. Unfortunately, it has become a daily reality for many children since the Russian military aggression began over 18 months ago. This ability of the Ukrainian education system to overcome enormous challenges and resume teaching shortly after the invasion started has sparked much interest in institutional resilience in times of crisis.

The latest ad-hoc report from NESET (“Network of Experts working on the Social dimension of Education and Training”), authored by Iryna Nechitailo (Kharkiv National University of Internal Affairs, external collaborator of PIONEERED) and PIONEERED’s Aigul Alieva (LISER), is titled “Resilience of Education Systems: what lessons can be learned from Ukraine?”. It delves into the story of how Ukraine’s schools have navigated the challenges posed by the conflict.

The research conducted by Aigul Alieva and Iryna Nechitailo highlights the factors that have contributed to the recovery of the education system: the smart use of ICT in teaching and communication, strong school leadership combined with more flexible education governance, and the key role of teachers. The results also highlight the importance of both short- and long-term support and cooperation from the EU and the international community.

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The PIONEERED project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101004392.