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Olena Zelenska's foundation joins the creation of six new Superheroes schools in Ukraine in 2024

Olena Zelenska's foundation joins the creation of six new Superheroes schools in Ukraine in 2024


The new facilities will be located in hospitals in Vinnytsia, Kryvyi Rih, Rivne, Lviv, Odesa and Poltava.

Superheroes Schools are modern educational facilities for children who spend long periods in hospital.

There are currently 11 such schools in Ukraine. In 2023, more than 10,000 children were studying in all the centres and almost 80,000 lessons were taught. More than a third of the lessons were held live in the regions closest to the front line - Dnipro, Kharkiv and Mykolaiv.

The first Superhero School was opened in Kyiv back in 2016, at the initiative of the NGO Small Heart with Art. In 2021, the schools came under the patronage of the First Lady.

"Superheroes, brave and courageous, study in these schools. Overcoming illnesses, these children often spend months in hospital. Some for years. Our job as adults is to help them not lose the time they would have spent learning if they were healthy. It is crucial that children have access to education in all circumstances and understand that they are not alone in their fight against the disease,' says the First Lady, founder of the Foundation, Olena Zelenska.

Thanks to the First Lady's support, the 'Superheroes school' received state support in 2022 and began to operate fully as a state institution.

Since 2024, the Olena Zelenska Foundation has also been involved in the creation of new Superheroes Schools.

"The Foundation's participation in the Superheroes School project is at the intersection of two of our areas of activity - health care and education. We are grateful to every international partner who continues to support Ukraine and gives us the opportunity to improve the quality of life of our children during the war," said Nina Gorbacheva, Director of the Foundation.

Like all children, superheroes in hospital have the right to education. For them, education is not just an opportunity to acquire knowledge. Daily classes with experienced teachers and psychologists allow them to take their minds off the gruelling treatment and continue to develop and discover the world, even within the walls of the hospital.

"We have to bring back childhood and interest in learning every day, even in hospital. We have to teach them to dream without limits and to overcome their fears. At the same time, our goal is to have a modern, ergonomic educational space in every Ukrainian hospital and to provide access to quality education for every little patient. The Superheroes School is not just a project, it is a large team of teachers, educators, psychologists, doctors and parents. We are grateful for the support and we are very happy that the circle of friends for our children is growing,' - says Natalia Zhylinska, director of the Superheroes School.

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