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The LEGO Basis donates an extra US$ 13.6 million to help Ukrainian kids – Ukraine

Denmark, Billund, 1st September 2022 – The LEGO Basis is donating 100M DKK (roughly 13.6M USD) to help the rehabilitation and rebuilding of the training system inside Ukraine and the tutorial wants of the kids and households who’ve fled to neighbouring international locations.

For the reason that begin of the continuing conflict in Ukraine, roughly 15.7 million persons are in want of assist, 12.four million[1] have been displaced and three.6 million[2] Ukrainian kids have had their training disrupted. At the moment’s donation goals to make sure Ukraine’s kids have the prospect to proceed studying throughout their essential developmental years whereas additionally making certain that psychological well being and psychosocial help (MHPSS) is accessible to help well-being.

The brand new 100M DKK follows the March 2022 emergency donation of 110M DKK made collectively by the LEGO Basis, the LEGO Group and Ole Kirk’s Fond for the availability of normal humanitarian assist for the Ukrainian individuals. The newest funds to help the restoration of Ukraine and shall be distributed through LEGO Basis companions together with United Nations Kids’s Fund (UNICEF), the MHPSS Collaborative and Peppy Friends, in addition to different organisations already working in Ukraine. The LEGO Basis will even straight donate tools to training establishments.

Oksana Roma, Nation Supervisor Ukraine, the LEGO Basis says, “As we begin a brand new tutorial 12 months in Ukraine, we should acknowledge how completely different an expertise it will likely be for a lot of of our youngsters. Historically, today is widely known with ‘First Bell’ ceremonies in school that spotlight the significance of kids’s training for the profitable way forward for Ukraine. This donation seeks to make sure the kids of Ukraine, both in Ukraine or neighbouring international locations akin to Moldova and Romania, can proceed their training regardless of the extreme disruption they’ve skilled because of the conflict, and earlier than that the worldwide pandemic.

Oksana continues:“Over 2,300 training establishments have to this point been broken by bombing and shelling in the course of the conflict with 286 fully destroyed[3]. Working with trusted and valued companions, we are going to assist keep studying alternatives that develop the abilities kids want for the longer term. This has at all times been, and can proceed to be, essential to constructing a world that provides inclusive equitable training for all.”

The LEGO Basis has labored intently with the federal government of Ukraine for the previous 12 years reaching four million kids in over 15,000 colleges and 300 kindergartens with play-based studying by way of its partnership with Ukraine’s Ministry of Schooling and Science (MoES). The newest donation has additionally been coordinated with the Ukraine Schooling Cluster and the MoES to assist guarantee help goes to important companies that put Ukrainian households, academics and youngsters first.

Serhii Shkarlet, the Minister of Schooling and Science of Ukraine, says: “Conflict has inevitably modified the lives of Ukrainian individuals and it has deeply affected the psychological state of kids, college students, academics and fogeys. Because of this one among our priorities is offering the fitting psychosocial help for all of these concerned within the training of kids and we are going to unite the efforts of the state, public sector and worldwide companions to maintain our training methods working. We hope the help offered by the LEGO Basis shall be a major contribution to making sure this occurs and can assist present efficient means to advertise the well-being of academics and youngsters.”

The LEGO Basis is dedicated to supporting the rehabilitation and rebuilding of training methods in addition to the availability of social and emotional help to these kids and households who’ve been affected by the conflict. This consists of psychological well being and psychosocial help to make sure the continuity of studying in kindergartens, colleges and collective centres, in addition to provision of training supplies and tools that allow ongoing entry to studying.

Schooling Can’t Wait just lately reported that an estimated 222million[4] school-aged kids and adolescents are in crises globally and in pressing want of instructional help. These embody 78.2 million who’re out of faculty and 119.6 million who’re in class however not reaching minimal competencies in arithmetic and studying. 25% of the LEGO Basis’s grants are directed in direction of studying and training alternatives for kids in emergencies and disaster settings.


Notes to the editor:

Additional element on the donation companions:

  • The MHPSS Collaborative: To create a complete module on psychological well being and psychosocial help (MHPSS) to be delivered by way of the system of pre-service and in-service coaching establishments. The module shall be applied nationally in the course of the 2022-2023 tutorial 12 months to make sure new and present Ukrainian academics have entry to and are systemically educated on MHPSS.
  • Peppy Friends: The LEGO Basis will translate and adapt the Peppy Friends suite of instruments for Ukraine. The suite consists of a set of language-free functions, books and flicks to show youngsters ages 2-6 about feelings and empathy by way of play. The LEGO Basis will make them accessible to academics, dad and mom, and youngsters within the Basis-supported instructional establishments and finally scaled nationally with help from the Ministry.
  • UNICEF: UNICEF will present help to younger kids and their moms/caregivers in Moldova and Romania by establishing play and studying hubs on the municipal degree. UNICEF will even work with the Governments of those international locations to develop service provision and guarantee entry to high quality early childhood growth companies for Ukrainian refugee and host nation kids.
  • Particulars of extra fund recipients will observe within the coming months.

First Bell: 1st September is widely known as Day of Data in Ukraine. It is a nationwide day that marks the official begin of the tutorial 12 months in all instructional establishments. First Bell refers back to the custom of the primary bell being rung within the morning to mark the beginning of the brand new college 12 months. The bell is normally rung by one of many new members of the varsity – a primary grade pupil. The First Bell can be an emblem of peace, security and well-being.

March 2022: 110M DKK Emergency Donationmade collectively by the LEGO Basis, the LEGO Group and Ole Kirk’s Fond. For extra info go to https://learningthroughplay.com/how-we-play/ukraine/

Concerning the LEGO Basis

The LEGO Basis shares the mission of the LEGO Group: to encourage and develop the builders of tomorrow. The Basis, which owns 25% of the LEGO Group, is devoted to constructing a future during which studying by way of play empowers kids to turn out to be artistic, engaged, lifelong learners. It’s by way of the possession mannequin, {that a} portion of earnings go to funding analysis tasks, actions and partnerships. In 2021 for instance, the LEGO Basis offered grants of DKK 2.eight billion (USD 443.9 million) to initiatives which assist kids attain their full potential by way of play. The LEGO Basis works in collaboration with thought leaders, influencers, educators and fogeys aiming to re-define play, re-imagine studying and equip, encourage and activate champions for play. www.learningthroughplay.com

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