The number of Ukrainian children admitted to more than 3,300 schools in France has increased twenty-fold since March 8, the Ministry of National Education said on Tuesday.
The Ministry of Education set up a “Ukrainian cell” in early March that works every day to anticipate the admission of Ukrainian children into classes in France, schools, colleges and high schools. According to the latest figures from this unit in Rue de Grenelle, there are currently 5266 students enrolled in France, a figure “multiplied by 20 since March 8”we explain to the ministry.
Specifically, these students are distributed 3301 in schools, 1508 in colleges and 439 in high schools. The academies that accept the most children are those of Nice, Versailles or Strasbourg. In the very short term, maybe as early as next week, it could be 10,000 school children, the ministry emphasizes “still have capacity”. “This cell in Ukraine was set up from the beginning of the conflict to allow all National Education staff to mobilize to anticipate the reception and teaching of Ukrainian students.”explained to the press Florentine Petit, Head of Department at the Delegation for European and International Relations and Cooperation (Dreic).
A platform for teachers
“Every day we coordinate the situation with the minister, with information from central offices and academies on admission and schooling, an update on international affairs, financial support or access to educational resources.”, she added. For Marion Mallet-Petiot, Head of the Nursery and Primary School Office at the General Directorate for School Education (Dgesco), “Receiving and educating non-native children is nothing new in the area. What is new is the war situation and the number of children arriving in greater numbers in a much shorter time than the previous migration waves we had before.” She explains.
“A platform was created with experts, with the idea of providing teachers with as much information as possible to make them more welcoming, better educating and enable a return to a form of normality in school that is comforting for children frame represents when they come out of school their country”, according to Marion Mallet-Petiot. The goal is “Preparing to welcome and teach these children who do not speak French and who will learn French, taking into account the needs of these children, and then it is about staying vigilant, observing and working with all the partners in the school to to accompany this new school education”She says.
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