Children from “grey zone” in Donbas will go to boarding schools
15:52 / 30 Aug. 2016 / 56
More than 10 schoolchildren live with their parents in “grey zone” in Donetsk region not leaving the dangerous communities for various reasons. Most of these schoolchildren had not visited school for two years till this new school year when it was at last decided to carry children to schools. Some parents doubted the security and wellness of their children being without parents for school lessons period. Luckily, most parents agreed to send their children to another settlements to get education on controlled by Ukrainian territories.
Indeed, we all had to admit that up to 20 children left in “grey zone” of Donetsk region. These are children who have parents. God knows the reasons why the parents decided to stay in zone with every-day attacks, why they did not want to leave these places, – Aksana Filipishina, the representative of Verkhovna Rada on issues of child rights Ombudsman, non-discrimination and gender equality commented.
Zhovanka, Bahmutka, Mayorsk are daily subjected to shelling, lives a small number of school-age children. “According to our information, there are no kids in Piski, though 4 school-age children left in Zhovanka, 5 children – in Bahmutka. Six school-age children from Mayorsk are daily carried to the school in Opytne”, – the Ombudsman noted.
At the same time, if we talk about Zhovanke and Bahmatke where only 7 school-aged children, it is impossible to organize a safe school-bus on daily basis to the nearest safe school as it’s very close to the contact line. Nevertheless, the regional authorities had proposed an alternative way of resolving the issue with the school visits – boarding school in Bahmut, where they could stay and learn from Monday till Friday. All parents from Zhovanka agreed with the proposal, the rest from other settlements were still determining, – Filipishina said.-
The Ombudsman convinced that the issue of the place of education for the children from “grey zone” is very complicated. On the one hand, there is a state policy regarding the closure of boarding/residential institutions, deinstitutionalization, as it’s unacceptable of breaking family relationships. On the other hand, when we talk about the children who live under the fire the only thing we should think of is their lives and their safety. So in this case, it’s absolutely right to keep boarding school as the institution to save the life and health of the child.