Over 200,000 Ukrainian children are studying in Polish schools, says First Lady

14 May, 01:50 PM
Zelenska thanked Poland for its help to Ukraine (Photo:Olena Zelenska via Facebook)

Zelenska thanked Poland for its help to Ukraine (Photo:Olena Zelenska via Facebook)

More than 200,000 children from Ukrainian evacuee families, forced to flee their homes since Russia invaded Ukraine in February, are studying in schools across Poland, First Lady Olena Zelenska said in a Facebook post on May 13.

Zelenska thanked Poland for accepting upwards of 3,000,000 Ukrainian evacuees and extending them the right to healthcare and education.

According to her post, Ukraine’s western neighbor has also accepted hundreds of juvenile cancer patients for treatment. Additionally, more than 2,500 Ukrainian babies have been born in Poland, thus far.

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“Those are the topics I’ve discussed with Agata Kornhauser-Duda, Poland’s First Lady, in today’s video call,” said Zelenska.

“She (Kornhauser-Duda) said she’s proud of her fellow countrymen for ‘opening their hearts and homes to (their) brothers and sisters’ from Ukraine.”

Besides visiting Chernivtsi and Kamianets-Podilskyi in Ukraine, the first lady of Poland has also made three of her residences available to Ukrainian evacuees.

Zelenska suggested a joint program that would provide psychological care for Ukrainians of all ages, who are traumatized and distressed by the ongoing war in their home country.

“I also proposed that Agatha (Kornhauser-Duda) becomes a patron of our ‘Books without borders’ initiative, which aims to provide every Ukrainian child abroad with a book in their native language; (under it,) our publishers provide mock-ups that are put into print abroad.”

“I’m happy to say, she accepted; Ms. Agatha (Kornhauser-Duda) is a linguist from a family of writers, and will make a great patron,” Zelenska’s message reads.

“Thank you, Poland! Your support for us goes above and beyond; With friends like you, our victory is assured.”

According to UN data, over 5.6 million Ukrainians have fled the country, following the start of the full-scale Russian invasion on Feb. 24.

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