Since the start of 2019, the Ukraine Education Cluster has received reports regarding 7 conflict-related incidents resulting in physical damages to school infrastructure, 1 education facility that have been temporarily closed and 1 case of military presence in close vicinity to the education facility.
The latest incident has happened on 25 February 2019 when the school in Sakhanka (Donetska NGCA) has sustained new damages due to shelling at around 8:00 a.m. School building and the water pipeline used for heating have been damaged by the shrapnel. Reportedly there were no children present at the time of shelling as the school had been closed for the holidays. There are 28 children enrolled at the school and this is the third time third time this school was attacked for the last two years.
Earlier this year school #4 in Zolote-5/Mykhailivka (Luhanska NGCA) was coming under fire four times in a wake of six week with the latest incident recorded on 11 February 2019 due to small-arms fire. According to the school officials’ classes at the school has been suspended for more than a week during the month of February due heavy shelling. On the other side of the contact line in the same area school #5 in Zolote-4 (Luhanska GCA) has reported low attendance and recommended the Ukraine Education Cluster partner to refrain from a scheduled visit to the school because of insecurity in the area.
Since the beginning of the conflict in 2014 over 750 education facilities have been damaged and many more experienced disruptions to education. The Ukraine Education Cluster estimates that over 700,000 children and teachers in more than 3,500 education facilities in eastern Ukraine are affected by the hostilities and in need of humanitarian assistance. More than 400,000 children experience direct impact of the conflict as they live, play and go to school within the 20-km on both sides of the “contact line”, where shelling and extreme levels of mine-contamination threaten their lives and wellbeing.