Educational institutions should plan how the Ukraine crisis and its impacts will be discussed in the actual teaching and learning of different subjects or in interdisciplinary cooperation, and in a more informal manner as part of other school activities such as lessons held by the group instructor or form teacher. It is important for education providers to ensure that the topic is discussed with pupils and students taking into account their age level and wishes.
Correct information and clarifying answers must be available, but children and young people must not be subjected to an excessive flood of discussions on the topic to avoid distress.
Pupils and students should be offered opportunities to discuss different feelings and experiences together. Discussing the crisis involves matters that evoke difficult and even strong feelings. It is therefore necessary to ensure that, if they need to, pupils and students can talk to someone and receive support from student welfare services. It is also important to make sure that the communication and support reach pupils and students from the different language groups.
A crisis situation often raises concerns about the future. It may be the first time the child or the young person experiences a situation that confuses and causes anxiety even in adults and it makes the child or young person scared and uncertain. Holding on to familiar routines is important. The crisis should be talked about as a temporary state and, in spite of everything, the focus should be on the good things that can be expected in the future. Things that are not certain should not be promised.
The most important thing in building faith in the future is trusting that it is possible to cope with everything together. Here, the school culture plays a key role. The adults in the school support the pupils and no one needs to manage or cope on their own. It is important to talk about different feelings and experiences and help pupils reflect on their experiences and name feelings related to them. An important aspect in strengthening the faith and trust in the future is to encourage pupils to regular school attendance and strengthen the feeling that school is a safe place for everyone.