In Transcarpathia people are concerned about adaptation of refugee children

Nelya Ilnytska for  29 August 2012 17:55  8619777 020286

Arzo girl who came from Kazakhstan, has been living in Mukachevo temporary accommodation center for three years and she loves this country. She loves to sing, dance and go to school. Among the Ukrainian national dishes Arzo likes borscht the most.

Arzo is not the only one whom destiny brought us from abroad. The problem of adaptation of refugee children in Ukraine, experts say, is currently very topical.

Ivan Pirov, music teacher in Mukachevo temporary accommodation center and author of a manual for gifted children, remarked that only professional orientation will teach refugee children wisdom, love and harmony. First of all the teacher wants to teach his students the Ukrainian language, songs, European culture. His students often compete in national and international competitions and festivals. But due to lack of sufficient technical basis, he often has to work with children in an unconventional way. It is hard to overcome the language barrier, said the teacher, because children know very little words.

Anatoly Bilychko, social worker of the International Fund for Health and the Environment "Rehion Karpat" (NEEKA), is convinced that NGOs social work has its results. Particular attention is paid to the feelings and needs of children. Social services, according to Mr. Anatoliy should do everything possible to best enable refugee children to adapt in a foreign country and even become full-fledged citizens. After all the task of the "Ukraine - my second homeland" program is getting to know the country, its people.

 "In schools lessons of tolerance are conducted for children, where students talk about their country and its traditions. NGOs annually buy textbooks, school forms, necessary supplies for young refugees. In addition, children talk with psychologist. In takes six months or a year to teach a child to communicate Ukrainian at a conversational level. 

For now a big problem in Ukraine is further education for refugee children who have received high school education. They cannot join the vocational school or university, because they do not have citizenship."

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