National education staff have been trained to welcome Ukrainian children to Eure-et-Loir

The reception of children from Ukraine continues to be organized in the schools of Eure-et-Loir. Since the arrival of the first five Ukrainian students at Nogent-le-Phaye School on Monday March 14, new refugees have returned to school at other Eurelian facilities.

Évelyne Mège, academic director of the national education services in Eure-et-Loir, explains:

There are currently 42 Ukrainian students enrolled in the faculty. 37 are registered in the public sector and five in the private sector.

The situation changes from day to day. “An additional 71 students are expected to be admitted after spring break. The information and orientation centers will open next week and will be able to receive Ukrainian families to prepare for the admission of their children to colleges and high schools,” specifies the academic director.

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Evelyne Mège visited the Silvia Monfort High School in Luisant this Friday, April 8, to meet National Education staff who were taking part in a day of training on the education of Ukrainian children.

“Giving Coaches Tools”

About thirty professionals (National Education Inspectors, Master Trainers, Reference Teachers of Digital Applications, Education Advisors, School Directors) gathered in the amphitheater of the Silvia Monfort High School and discussed several topics. In particular, speakers introduced them to the differences between the French and Ukrainian education systems.

“The aim is to give trainers tools so that they can in turn advise teachers in schools,” emphasizes Valérie Bonnin, inspector of national education in Eure-et-Loir, who moderated this training day.

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The first feedback from the schools that accept refugees seems quite encouraging. “It is important that these children quickly find a school rhythm. Things are going well at the moment,” remarks Évelyne Mège.

The Ukrainian Ministry of Education and Science offers distance learning courses like those already implemented during the lockdown. Valérie Bonnin specifies:

“If a Ukrainian student who attends one of our institutions also wants to do distance learning, their schedule can be partially adjusted accordingly,” he points out

Valerie Bonnin (National education inspector in Eure-et-Loir, responsible for the reception of non-native speaking children)

Devices are planned to allow displaced families to better understand how the French education system works. If parents wish, they too can be accompanied to learn the basics of Molière’s language.

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Of the 42 Ukrainian students who have been educated in Eure-et-Loir since the conflict began, 15 are enrolled in kindergarten, 20 in primary school, 4 in middle school and 3 in high school.

Helen Bonnett

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