Information about the TUESWU

The Trade Union of Education and Science Workers of Ukraine was established in September 1990, however, it continues the rich history of the teachers’ trade union movement in Ukraine whose origins date back to the beginning of the 20th century. The first national teachers’ union was set up in 1919 and underwent several reorganisations during next 70 years.

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On March 20, 2024, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine voted in favor of the draft law «On Amendments to Certain Laws of Ukraine on Financing Higher Education and Providing State Targeted Support to its Applicants» No. 10399.

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The war has raised issues of accessibility and security of education. Many children have lost the opportunity to join the educational process, and teachers have been teaching in regions where hostilities are taking place or may potentially take place under the threat of shelling. Such conditions require serious planning of educational processes and ensuring proper learning conditions in times of war.

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Education is one of the most affected sectors in terms of losses. As of August 2023, direct losses are estimated at $9.7 billion.

3798 education institutions have suffered bombing and shelling, – and 365 of them have been destroyed completely.

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The war in Ukraine has led to destabilization in many aspects of public life. One of the most vulnerable sectors has been education, which has not recovered from the global pandemic. Educational institutions, forced to adapt to restrictions and threats, have faced the challenge of ensuring the safety, reliability, and accessibility of education in the most difficult conditions.

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On November 15-16, 2023, the All-Ukrainian Student Forum «Youth for Ukraine – Ukraine for Youth» was held in Kyiv. The event was organized with the financial support of Education International.

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UNICEF reports that over 1,300 schools in Ukraine have been completely destroyed since the start of the full-scale invasion launched by Russia in February 2022. Most Ukrainian students are forced to continue their studies online, far from teachers and friends. As a new school year begins in September, students and teachers face continued violence, uncertainty, and apprehension.

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Already the second academic year in Ukraine begins during martial law, when a full-scale war takes place in Ukraine.

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For two years in a row, the Trade Union of Education and Science Workers of Ukraine (TUESWU) has been closely cooperating with the German Education Union (GEW), which is a partner and a sincere friend of the TUESWU. In the last few years, it has been actively supporting the Trade Union in different areas: providing financial assistance to Ukrainian educators affected by the war that was provoked by Russia, hosting Ukrainian children in summer camps in Germany, and supporting Ukrainians who were forced to flee from the war to Germany.

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In early August 2023, a delegation of trade union and public activists from Spain visited Ukraine on a humanitarian mission.

The Spanish delegation was represented by Isarn Pardes Fuses and Cristina Villaverde Darriba from the «Lucha Internationalista» organization and Francisco Martín Castillo from the General Confederation of Labor. 

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