Tallinn schools prepare activities for Ukrainian students | Ukraine Latest
“First of all, we need to have a plan by Monday on what we can do with these children, how many we can get. We also need to figure out which teachers are willing to help,” Rohunurm said.
The school plans to initially welcome a group of 20 students of different ages. “We will create more groups if more come. We do not yet know the age or the mental state of the children we are going to teach. We are trying to have a framework, while the real situation will become clear once the kids arrived,” he said.
Rohunurme said the main thing is to find daily activities for children. “To give them a place where they can come. Where they can study, learn Estonian, while we haven’t said much about other topics yet,” Rohunurme said of the results. a meeting with the Tallinn Department of Education and the Ministry of Education. and Research.
“We want to give the children breakfast, porridge, when they arrive in the morning and then have them spend two hours with their class, with Estonian students their own age, in the hope that they can stay longer. with us,” Rohunurm said.
The director said that students who do not speak Estonian have already joined classes and can participate in studies to some extent. “For example, you don’t need to speak the language very much in math class,” he suggested. However, it will allow them to familiarize themselves with the language and paint a picture of the Estonian school system.”
Afterwards, Ukrainian students would go to kindergarten where they could engage in leisure activities. “I think just focusing on studies would be too much for them. Considering where they come from, the situation there, the first goal of the education department was to find activities that last all day, that we are ready to offer until 5 p.m.,” Rohunurm said.
The principal added that the school will likely be able to rely on its existing teaching staff and not have to hire more people initially. “We are all motivated and ready to help these children,” he said.
The Sydalinna school also wishes to offer introductory courses in Estonian to parents of Ukrainian pupils.
“Once the children arrive, it’s not certain that they will stay longer with us,” Rohunurm said. “But we are ready to welcome them and support them in any way we can,” he said.
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