Who Is Thinking About the Students?

Education Stops for War

As the Russian war of aggression continues, my thoughts turn to students who are displaced by the war, the teachers and schools that have experienced this chaos, and the parents who must turn to picking up arms.

In 2016/17 the number of students in Ukrainian primary and secondary school reached 3,846,000, in vocational school 285,800, and in higher education 1,586,700 students.



War is about fear and our students do not need more fear. The last couple of years have been very stressful and we in education see it in our students every day. The 5,718,500 students whose education has been cancelled are now traumatized by the fear of death and no safe future. Regardless of how this works out, it is a step backwards for our planet. Education always suffers if students feel unsafe, unfed, or otherwise chaotic.


Let us think about re-establishing safety, food for all, and living arrangements that allow all of our kids to learn. Learning is really about a sustained effort by teachers and students to gain knowledge and skills and we need to create a peaceful and sustaining world to support excellent education.

Dr. Robert A. Southworth, Jr.

Dr. Robert A. Southworth, Jr.

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