Kyiv, 19 February 2022 (TDI): A whole generation of youngsters have been affected by the Ukraine conflict, according to UNICEF. There has been a constant threat of attacks on schools and kindergartens in eastern Ukraine for eight years, according to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

Almost 750 educational institutions have been destroyed since the crisis began. Separatists in the east launched shells on Thursday, according to media sources and Ukrainian officials. The shells hit and destroyed a kindergarten in the Luhansk region. Reports indicate that no one was hurt in the incident.

Thousands of children on both sides of the contact line have been unable to attend school because of attacks on schools, according to the United Nations. Government troops and insurgents engaged in heavy warfare in the east of Ukraine during 2014.

Mine-related pollution

Eastern Ukraine’s children are among the world’s most heavily mined, according to UNICEF. Some of the locations they live, play, and go to school are littered with landmines and other perilous remnants of conflict.

According to a statement from UNICEF, a generation of children has been adversely affected by violence. Children and their carers should be protected at all times, according to UNICEF’s request for cooperation.

Ukraine conflict affected generation of youngsters
Ukraine conflict-affected generation of youngsters
Building a Safe Environment for Children

Whatever the circumstances, children and their caregivers need to be protected. The Safe School Declaration should be followed by all students, educators, and staff.

Children in conflict zones are more at risk because of the dangers of going to school, according to a new study. In 2020, there were more than 500 attacks against schools, an increase of 17% from the previous year.

Establishing the Safe Schools Declaration is a pledge to better protect students, teachers, and schools during armed conflict; to promote education during wartime, and put in place an effective framework to prohibit the use of schools as a training ground for terrorists. The Safe Schools Declaration has been ratified by 111 states thus far. In November of this year, Ukraine made this decision.

The statement emphasized the need for educational institutions to remain safe havens where children can learn, play, and develop to their fullest potential while being protected from dangers and crises. UNICEF stated that “the right of a child to education cannot be defended in a crisis unless education is also safe.

Ukraine conflict affected generation of youngsters
Ukraine conflict-affected generation of youngsters

Almost 180,000 children, youths, and their caregivers received psychosocial support and instruction on how to avoid mines from the United Nations as soon as the fighting began in eastern Ukraine.

UNICEF is also assisting with the rebuilding of schools and kindergartens that were damaged, as well as supplying classroom resources like instructional kits and furniture sets for classrooms.

According to UNICEF’s announcement, it will continue to work with communities affected by war to provide them with the help they need. In addition, it will continue to support the most vulnerable children and their families.