New figures from the Department of Education show that 1890 Ukrainian children and teenagers are attending school in Dublin, with 1216 in the primary school system, and 674 now in secondary school classes.
As of December 22nd, 13,753 Ukrainian pupils have been enrolled in schools across Ireland. Out of that figure, 8,823 of these pupils have been accommodated in primary schools while 4,930 pupils have enrolled in post-primary schools.
Russian Forces invaded Ukraine on February 24th, 2022, in what was a major escalation of the Russo-Ukrainian war, which began in 2014. The invasion has resulted in the deaths of tens of thousands of people and it has caused Europe's largest refugee crisis since World War II.
The Ukrainian President has said his "one wish" for 2023 is victory for Ukrainians in the war against Russia. In his New Year address, Volodymyr Zelensky also accused Moscow of being "in league with the devil" as missiles and rockets continue to fall on cities across his country.
We don't know for sure what new 2023 will bring us. I want to wish all of us one thing – victory. And that's the main thing.
Glory to Ukraine!
Happy New Year!
— Володимир Зеленський (@ZelenskyyUa) December 31, 2022
Millions of Ukrainians have been displaced, travelling to countries around the world to safety.
To assist with the transition of Ukrainian students and their families into Irish schools, Regional Education and Language Teams (REALT) continue to operate, hosted by the 16 regional education and training boards around Ireland and staffed by regionally-based education support personnel.
These teams are ensuring that clear, accessible information flows are in place between schools, local education support services and national support structures in relation to people arriving from Ukraine.
Information for parents, in both Ukrainian and Russian, on accessing school places is available on gov.ie/Ukraine.