Refugees from Ukraine learn the Polish language. School support for young and old – PetroNews

The learning of Polish for the youngest refugees from Ukraine and their parents is about to begin. Mazovia Autonomous Institutions offer help to people who have escaped the brutal Russian attack.

The Mazowieckie Voivodeship Marshal’s Office has launched additional support for refugees from Ukraine. Free creative Polish lessons for children and special lessons for their parents and guardians have started in Płock.

The project is implemented by: Mazovia Self-Government Teacher Training Center and Płock Pedagogical Library. Creative Polish language courses for children and adults are part of the project MaKI – Mazovia Integration Clubs.

photo: Wiktor Pleczynski

As Field Marshal Adam Struzik notes, learning the Polish language is another help of the Voivodeship Autonomous Administration for Ukrainian citizens who have decided to stay in our Voivodeship.

– It is estimated that there are currently around 2,000 people in Płock and its surroundings. refugees. Most of them are mothers with children who have lost overnight everything that gave them a sense of security and stability. The courses provided by our Pedagogical Library and the Mazovia Autonomous Teacher Training Center not only teach Polish, but also a kind of emotional and social therapy, which is very necessary for establishing new relationships and finding oneself in a new reality – said Marshal Adam Struzik.

The marshal became a teacher for a time

photo: Wiktor Pleczynski

Polish-Ukrainian integration and creative activities, i.e. PUZIKI are intended for Ukrainian children aged 8-12. This project is learning combined with creative fun. In addition to language skills, emotional, intellectual and social development will be supported.

The lessons will also be an opportunity for children to overcome their shyness during integration, to gain confidence and to naturally develop their talents and language skills. The children will also receive help with their homework.

photo: Wiktor Pleczynski

Classes will be taught by experienced teachers from Poland and Ukraine, university lecturers, creativity trainers, and meetings are conducted based on creative lesson scenarios, appropriately modified to meet the needs of small participants. Classes will be held every Monday and Wednesday at the headquarters of the Płock branch of MSCDN, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Jarosław Zaroń, director of the Masovian Self-Government Teacher Training Center, points out that this project serves to break down barriers.

– We offer children from Ukraine to learn Polish through joint activities and games that develop creativity. We have scheduled chess, checkers and drama workshops. Classes will be taught by Polish and Ukrainian teachers, as well as Ukrainian chess and checkers players. There will also be actors from Mazovia theatres, and our voluntary work will be supported by students from Mazovia universities. The project will also continue during the summer holidays. We want to invite children to participate in city games, as well as trips, says MSCDN director Jarosław Zaroń.

photo: Wiktor Pleczynski

While the children participate in creative activities and learn Polish, their parents and guardians can take advantage of free lessons for adults.

Classes will take place on Mondays and Wednesdays, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the MSCDN faculty in Płock. This part of the project was inspired by the basic Polish courses for Ukrainians initiated at the Płock Pedagogical Library.

Institutions select activities for children to avoid language barrier issues

photo: Wiktor Pleczynski

The director of the Płock educational library, Agnieszka Olczyk, emphasizes that good communication is the basis of operation.

– When refugees from Ukraine appeared in our country, we almost immediately decided to prepare a support system, organize educational activities for children and teach Polish to adults. We knew that the refugees could not cope without knowing the basics of the Polish language, the topography and useful information on the rules of operation in the city, but also in the province and the country, said the director of the Library pedagogic.

Agnieszka Olczyk photo by Wiktor Pleczynski

Nearly a hundred participants took part in the two editions of the “zero” level carried out so far. Some of them continue their studies at level A1. There are plans to launch online courses for people who cannot study in class. For Ukrainian citizens, knowledge of the Polish language is not only a chance to function better in everyday life in our country, but also a greater opportunity to find a job.

photo: Wiktor Pleczynski
photo: Wiktor Pleczynski
photo: Wiktor Pleczynski

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