The American International School of Budapest reached out to AAIE and asked us to share what it is they are doing to support Ukrainian refugee children. Brett Penny, Director of AISB shared this YouTube video which shows what AISB has put in place. Brett also shared the message below in the hope of engendering more support for AISB’s efforts.
Resources and information
to support schools affected by the situation in Ukraine
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Our AAIE Conversation
On Thursday, March 3, 2022, the AAIE Global Conversation welcomed community members from Ukraine and Lithuania, as well as from CEESA and the Office of Overseas Schools. The focus of this conversation was the horrific conflict in Ukraine (and surrounding countries) and its impact on school communities. Our thanks to Rachel Caldwell (Head of School, Pechersk International School), Rebecca Juras (Director, Vilnius International School), Mary Russman (Office of Overseas Schools), and Kathy Stetson (Director, CEESA) for joining us and updating us on their schools, their communities, and the hour to hour life in that region.
Kathy Stetson emphasized how the schools in the CEESA region have come together to support and assist all who are impacted. Kathy said, “This shows what a close-knit community we have. This is what schools and school leaders do in times of need.” Mary Russman, from the Office of Overseas Schools, has been in continuous contact with the schools in the region and expressed that AOS is doing all they can to assist.
Jon Zurfluh, the Director of the American School of Warsaw, interviewed a very special 6-year old! Eloise Sloan (New Jersey) decided to make buttons and sell them in order to raise money for the Ukrainian refugees. She chose to donate all profits to ASW Foundation, which is helping to house and support refugees from #Ukraine.
In addition to the ongoing, school-wide efforts that have raised funds and material donations for families suffering from the war in Ukraine, ACS is seeking to help displaced Ukrainian students in need of high school education. Depending on availability, placement will be created for students with the necessary English language skills and in accordance with ACS procedures developed regarding displaced Ukrainian students.
As the world continues to watch the crisis in Ukraine, our thoughts are with Rachel Caldwell and her community. Rhonda Norris shared that the Anglo American School has released teachers from their contracts for the coming year and so many teachers from AAS are currently seeking a position. If you have positions to fill at your school, please contact ISS (International Schools Services) or Search Associates as they are doing whatever they can to assist. You may also contact the HR Department at Anglo-American School of of Moscow directly at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about teachers who are seeking a position.
Recognizing that many school community members are displaced due to the war in Ukraine, International Schools Services (ISS) is providing free access to educators who may be searching for a new position. If you have been displaced and wish to access the ISS EDUrecruit platform, please complete the form on this webpage.
Rebecca Juras from Vilnius International School in Lithuania shared her perspective from the vantage point of being ‘just across the border’, and just how unimaginably frightening this is. Rebecca is working tirelessly to ensure her school and her community are safe even though the uncertainty about the future weighs heavily upon her.
Rachel Caldwell shared with us what was happening in her community. Almost everyone has been able to leave the country but for a few unable to do so. With the help of Perchersk’s Communications and Marketing Manager, Nikita Vasyliev, Rachel is able to continue connecting with her faculty and students via online platforms as they work together through these extraordinarily difficult times.
Many have asked what they can do to support these schools and communities. Please use the following links and resources to connect with and help these communities.
- SeaChange Mentoring
- United With Ukraine
- Arts for Peace in Ukraine
- Violinists Support Ukraine (with thanks to Bob Hetzel)
- Ukraine Take Shelter
- A School Staff Guide for Supporting Students Impacted by the Crisis in Ukraine
- Article: Cascading Crises: Plummeting Trust and Climbing Stress | The Impact on International Schools
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