Organisational meeting about free education to the children of Ukrainian refugees

At the invitation of Angelina Korsanite, the founder and owner of the Boarding School of Philadelphia, on July 27, 2022, Bishop Luka (Zgoba), Bishop of Philadelphia, attended an organisational meeting of the heads of educational institutions and divisions of the Boarding School "Stringtheoryschools", which are involved in the program of providing free education to the children of Ukrainian refugees , which is implemented under the patronage of the City Council of the City of Philadelphia (Rep. David Oh) and the Vicariate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate in the USA.

The meeting was attended by the founder and owner of the Boarding School Angelina Korsanite, her deputies and a representative of the legal department, the honorary consul of Ukraine Iryna Mazur, professors who are authorized to organize the registration process of children from Ukrainian refugee families - Alla Pukhtetska and Veronika Matvienko, as well as teachers, methodologists support staff of three campuses of the Boarding School "Stringtheoryschools". During the meeting, the most important problems of organizational and legal support of the educational process, transportation of students within the district of the Boarding School and additional transportation for children of neighboring areas were discussed, as well as other issues related to forecasting the number of students from families of Ukrainian refugees, immigrants who need free education.

The Vicariate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate presented the Program of Actions agreed with MP David Och regarding the organization of registration and education of children of Ukrainian refugees in the city of Philadelphia. A list of children who want to receive a quality American education in the city of Philadelphia according to the specified program was submitted.

Honorary Consul Iryna Mazur reported that there are no specific programs for training Ukrainian refugees in the state of Pennsylvania, which is due to a lack of resources. She outlined the problems of certifying the legal status of Ukrainian refugees, registration of social security, which prevents the official registration of children to leading educational institutions. With this in mind, it is important to create conditions of access to education for the children of many Ukrainian refugee families who come to the city of Philadelphia every month.

An important topic of discussion was also the provision of transport for the children of Ukrainian refugees within the Boarding School District, where free transportation is provided for all students who live more than 2 miles from the school. The possibility of attracting additional school buses to transport Ukrainian refugee children to school and home after school was also discussed.

As a result of the meeting, important steps regarding the registration and registration of Ukrainian refugee children for education were agreed upon, the issue of involving translators, Ukrainian-speaking teaching staff to ensure the educational process with Ukrainian-speaking children who speak English at a basic level was discussed. Also discussed is the issue of evening transportation and placement of children at locations in the North East for parents who cannot pick up their children in time after school.

The management of the institution assured that Ukrainian children will be given opportunities for admission outside of the lottery that operates for American schoolchildren, and in case of missing or lost education documents, they can be submitted later, after they are restored or obtained from Ukraine. To enroll in a certain class, schoolchildren will undergo testing that will reveal the talents and abilities of children that need development, and, in agreement with parents, the further main direction of specialization of the child's education will be chosen.

Ms. Susan Thomas kindly conducted a tour of the Boarding School and talked about the students' daily learning, their preferences, aspirations, and dreams.