Nadia Ufimtseva


Documenting Ukraine Grants

A Collection of Testimonies from Ukrainian Teachers

The project involves collecting testimonies from Ukrainian teachers experiencing the Russian war against Ukraine, in particular the alumni of the Ukrainian Center for Holocaust Studies. Those teachers have thoroughly studied the history of the Holocaust in Ukraine, as well as other genocides; thus, with the beginning of the Russian war, they began to experience struggles they knew well from their own expertise.
News from occupied areas suggests that teachers are usually persecuted by Russian occupiers as agents of influence. In the temporarily occupied settlements, teachers suffer unimaginable pressure from the Russian invaders. That experience varies: from cooperation and persuasion to dismissal or abduction.
Lately, in conditions of uncertainty, evacuation, and refugee status, teachers––either voluntarily or under duress––have restored the educational process. Even in conditions of relative safety, the war brings pressure and lots of new challenges to working in education, content-wise and method-wise. 

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  • Education in the Shelter: Testimonies of Teaching and Learning during the War
    University professors teaching classes from trenches, children doing homework by candlelight, teachers giving lectures after being evacuated from their hometowns – this is the new “normal” of Ukrainian education. According to the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine, as of late October 2022 2,677 schools and universities have been damaged by the war and 331 have been destroyed. More than half a million students and over 25,000 teachers fled abroad as refugees.  But while the education process continues online and in hybrid forms, there is an acute need to understand and assess the experiences and needs of students and faculty. Documenting Ukraine supports several initiatives that collect testimonies and record such experiences.