EU Support to Ukrainian Students, Young People, Teachers and Educators

Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, has announced EU measures to support Ukrainian students, young people, teachers and educators in these extremely challenging times.

How is the European Union supporting Ukrainian pupils, teachers and people fleeing from Ukraine?

Let’s have a look at the initiatives.

The Cohesion’s Action for Refugees in Europe (CARE)

The Cohesion’s Action for Refugees in Europe (CARE) allows Member States and regions to provide emergency support to people fleeing from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, as it:

  1. Swifts reallocation of available funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the European Social Fund (ESF) and the Fund for the European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD) to finance a wide range of measures supporting people fleeing Ukraine.
  2. Provides emergency support covering the basic needs of people fleeing Ukraine. These needs include access to services such as temporary accommodation, food and water supplies or medical care.

The Erasmus Plus Programme

There are many ways the Erasmus Plus programme is helping Ukrainian people:

  1. Ukrainian young people and pupils can be welcomed quickly by education and training institutions involved in Erasmus+ cooperation projects, with flexible use of project funding.
  2. If you are a Ukrainian teacher or trainer, you can receive financial support to facilitate your integration.
  3. If you are a qualified staff, you may be sent, on a temporary basis, to regions where refugees are accommodated.
  4. Institutions benefiting from ongoing Erasmus+ projects in areas such as inclusion, diversity and integration of refugees can, on a voluntary basis, reallocate part of their funds in support of activities for Ukrainian refugees.

The School Education Gateway

The European Union has provided the School Education Gateway to help teachers and students currently fleeing Ukraine:
  1. It will facilitate the exchange of information and experiences and support the integration of young Ukrainian refugees into the education systems of the Member States.
  2. The SEG will organise a professional development course on the integration of newly arrived teachers refugees in schools.
  3. It will become the place informing about educational resources, which will allow children to continue learning also in their mother tongue. The Gateway can establish a link with national learning platforms made available to young people and teachers in Ukrainian language.

The European Commission will also set up an EU Education Solidarity group for Ukraine to pool the expertise of every Member State on the continuing training of young Ukrainian refugees. 

Read the full statement.