Welcoming and educating Ukrainian kids

Welcome among Ukrainian students: National education staff are fully mobilized to guarantee students from Ukraine and Ukrainian refugees fast schooling and in the most normal conditions possible.

Ukrainian nationals

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Welcoming students from Ukraine and Ukrainian refugees

Ensuring access to education

Sections L.111-1 and L.114-1 of the Education Act guarantee access to education for all children between the ages of 3 and 16 and the obligation to train for children between the ages of 16 and 18 who are in the territory of the state. Therefore, every student who has come to France must be educated, regardless of their nationality or personal situation.

Correspondence of the level of French and Ukrainian education

  • The primary school in Ukraine is organized in 4 grades corresponding to the CP, CE1, CE2 and CM1 classes of the French system.
  • Secondary school consists of grades 5 to 9 corresponding to grades from CM2 to the third grade.
  • Upper secondary school consists of grades 10 and 11 corresponding to the second and first grades.
  • At the end of the 9th year, specific courses are offered for training.

Education, support for teaching French, financial aid: who to contact?

Going to school is the right of all French and foreign children who live or come to France. In France, public school is free and education is compulsory for girls and boys aged 3 to 16. All young people aged 16 to 18 without school, training or employment are encouraged to find solutions to return to school or gain a qualification or job.

Training and registration

Is your child 3 to 10 years old?

If you want to enroll your child in school if he or she is between 3 and 10 years old, you must contact the town hall in your place of residence.

Is your child 11 to 18 years old?

If your child is between the ages of 11 and 18, you can contact the university or high school closest to your place of residence, or contact the national education services at the ward in your place of accommodation (DSDEN: National Education Department Directorate) .
For young people aged 16 to 18 who did not go or do not want to go to school, DSDENs will also support job search or training.

Support for teaching French

Student support

Mastering French is a key issue for the success of allophone students.
Incoming allophone training units (UPE2A) allow the pupils concerned to enroll in a regular class and at the same time benefit from enhanced teaching of French as a second language in accordance with their needs and their language and language skills.

In addition, the CNED provides a training course “French as a Foreign Language”, which can be used by secondary and secondary school students who have a first knowledge of French. Registration takes place at the academic level. This separate learning time is required by the teacher working in UPE2A, taking into account the needs and skills of each of his students. It supports students in choosing the modules offered in the CNED catalog.

Support for parents of students

Operation “Open school for parents for the success of children”implemented in cooperation with the Directorate for Reception, Support of Foreigners and Nationalities (Ministry of the Interior), is developing in areas with the most non-French-speaking arrivals, significantly in priority education, to help parents learn the French language, to know the values ​​of the republic and to understand the functioning and expectations of the school.

Financial assistance

To find out about a tool that can be mobilized for the benefit of pupils, contact the head of the school or the facility where your child is being raised.

Practical information: contacts in the academy to welcome students

© Ministry of National Education and Youth – February 2020


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Supporting teachers in welcoming students coming from Ukraine

Welcoming students coming from Ukraine

Teachers who welcome or welcome children or teenagers coming from Ukraine can watch the Magistère course, the main videos of which are freely available at Eduscol. They can also view the downloadable document Eduscol establishing references and principles of care for these students.

Download the sheet “Support for teachers who welcome students coming from Ukraine” Welcoming children coming from Ukraine or other war zones: master’s course to support teams and personnel

Maintain continuity of education in Ukrainian

In addition to the courses provided by French teachers, the resources offered by the Ukrainian Ministry of Education and Science are made available to teachers to enable students who want to maintain a connection with their language, culture and the Ukrainian school system. in their mother tongue.

Summer 2022: learning holidays

The study holidays are aimed atensure the consolidation of learning and contribute to the personal development of young people through cultural, sporting and leisure activitiesunder the supervision of professionals.

The operation of the educational holidays is based on several measures, from an open school to stays in summer camps. common signs? a strengthening education, culture, sport and sustainable development.

Solidarity actions

Pupils coming from Ukraine can use solidarity actions depending on their situation.

Schools and establishments wishing to implement solidarity actions may turn to associations approved and involved in favor of Ukraine, in particular associations for which there is an agreement at national level: the Red Cross, Amnesty international France-AIF, Secours populaire français or the Action against Hunger, and Come.

I am devoted to Ukraine
Official platform to help displaced people and refugees in France
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Become a volunteer and find volunteer tasks
See the list of associations approved by the national education system

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