Where to turn – the correct way of school care of Ukrainian children and youth? Anyone considering welcome classes like the one for Syrian refugees in 2015 doesn’t know the views of Ukraine’s Minister of Education. Ukrainian Consul General Irina Tibinka gave it to the Conference of Ministers of Education.
In short: Ukraine does not see a solution in the welcome classes, but demands Ukrainian language lessons according to the Ukrainian framework plans.
The diplomat explained that it was only a temporary residence. So it is now necessary to ensure continuity of teaching so that refugees can complete their school year and – and in the upper grades – graduate. Tibinka emphasized that the lessons in Ukraine “are more intense, take place in less time than in Germany and have higher requirements.”
She also expressed her fear of harming the national identity in the integration classes. Ukraine, thanks to its “thousand-year history” and its territory, is the largest country in Europe, but it rarely appears in German textbooks.
The accusation that Russian imperialism dominates German textbooks
Instead, German curricula and guidelines are “still under the control of Russia and Russian imperialism”. This is where “the inclinations and efforts of many people in Germany to understand Russia, to justify Russia’s crimes, but also the fear of offending Russia in any way” came from.
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The Ministers of Culture also heard from the Consul General the assessment “that the so-called integration classes for Ukrainian children will mean a wall of incomprehension, feelings of inferiority and lack of social protection.”
Such integration classes are not necessary at all, because temporary lessons according to the Ukrainian education system with the participation of Ukrainian teachers are now possible – with the help of an online platform for classes 5-11. With regard to digitization, Ukraine is a “very modern country”. All textbooks in all subjects are publicly available in digital form.
The “typical” glorification of the country of origin?
After the Tagesspiegel checkpoint documented excerpts of this speech on Wednesday, Maja Lasic, a longtime education politician in Berlin’s SPD, immediately responded that she sat in the lower house from 2016 to 2021.
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“How difficult it is to abandon and reach can be guessed from the statements of the Ukrainian ambassador,” Lasic wrote on Twitter. Glorifying the country of origin is “fairly typical” and it takes forever to overcome it and “get close to our system”.
Lasic also campaigned for welcome classes on Twitter: it prepared not only linguistically, but also socially for the arrival. “Without compromising the German education system, we are simply suspending this process. Why should we do this?” Lasic continues.
She has just started changing her career at school. “The assumption that children would go fast was not true for a single flight,” she recalled.
First new welcome classes from March 21
In Berlin, attempts are being made in various ways to take care of children and young people at school. They have already been incorporated into regular classes at many schools, a spokesperson for the Department of Education reported Wednesday, and the first new welcome classes will begin on Monday.
Apart from declarations by Ukrainian politicians, the authority states that the goal is for Ukrainian schoolchildren to learn German as quickly as possible in order to find their way here in everyday life and also “in order to be able to integrate in the future.” Unclear situation in Ukraine “.
The prerequisites for this are good, and many people of Ukrainian origin who want to work here as teachers have already applied. The Department of Education is also working on “taking into account the upcoming Ukrainian school leaving certificates”.
“Everything that is organized for children is a good thing,” added Jens Stiller, president of the Berlin Dreilinden Athletic Club. The first young Ukrainians are already there: they will get to know each other at an art workshop on Thursday, and then go to regular classes. In addition, in a few hours, there should be an opportunity to follow the lessons of the Ukrainian language online, if offered.