Latvian education system ready for 4,500 Ukrainian children

The Latvian education system is ready to accommodate around 4,500 children of Ukrainian war refugees, Latvian Television reported March 11.

So far around 400 applications have been received in the support center for Ukrainian residents. In Rīga, these applications are mostly addressed to minority education institutions, some Latvian educational institutions and one special school. The information about regions is still being compiled.

On Friday, during a visit to the Ukrainian refugee center, Minister for Education and Science Anita Muižniece indicated that the Latvian education system is ready to accommodate around 4,500 refugee children. Though there are difficulties finding space in kindergartens, the private sector could be involved in this case. Muižniece also mentioned the language barrier as an issue, but "we are looking for a variety of solutions to make it easier for children to integrate and continue their learning without too much turmoil," Muižniece said.

As regards children of high school age, the Minister pointed out that talks with the Ukrainian Minister for Education would be initiated on the opportunities for teenagers to continue to acquire education in Ukraine in remote learning.

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