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«School of Superheroes» officially opened at St. Nicholas Hospital in Lviv

«School of Superheroes» officially opened at St. Nicholas Hospital in Lviv


On May 30, the official opening ceremony of the School of Superheroes took place at St. Nicholas Hospital in Lviv.

This is the first educational center to be opened by the state institution School of Superheroes since the beginning of Russia's large-scale aggression against Ukraine. The school started its work in test mode on February 14, 2023, and provided 1,600 educational services before officially opening its doors.

The opening ceremony of the new educational center was attended by Lilia Hrynevych, a member of the School of Superheroes Board of Trustees and former Minister of Education and Science of Ukraine, Natalia Moseychuk, a journalist, curator of the "Right to Education" project and the "School of Superheroes", Andriy Sadovyi, the mayor of Lviv, Yevhenia Smirnova, the acting director of the State Institution "School of Superheroes".

"Lviv was the first city to open a School of Superheroes educational center as a public institution and the first school to open since the beginning of the full-scale invasion. I am grateful to our partners and team for their much-needed support and mobilization, which made today's opening of the new center possible. I am proud of you and believe that our victories will bring even more interesting and incredible activities for children and keep up with life even in hospital wards," said Yevhenia Smirnova, acting director of the School of Superheroes.

Lviv Mayor Andriy Sadovyi, who once asked the School of Superheroes to open a school in St. Nicholas Hospital, expressed his gratitude and hope that there will be more new educational centers throughout the city’s hospitals. And that as many children as possible will have the opportunity to study in the bright spaces of the School of Superheroes.

"To see the children sitting and learning in this classroom now is impressive. The teachers, the atmosphere, everything is renovated, beautiful, and cozy. This is a great gift for our children," Lviv Mayor Andriy Sadovyi was quoted by the Lviv City Council website.

The participants of the event were given a tour of the School of Superheroes' classrooms. In particular, they took part in open lessons in Ukrainian history and chemistry and had the opportunity to talk to the superheroes and learn about their impressions of studying at school.

"We offer education to absolutely all children undergoing treatment, both short-term and long-term. Education is free, just like in any public school. Our teachers also come to children who are unable to go down to the classroom - teachers work with them individually in the wards. It's like tutoring at the expense of the state. We have been working in pilot mode since February 14, as classroom renovations were still underway. During this time, our school has provided 1600 educational services, that is, 1600 lessons to children in the hospital," said Andriy Tyshchenko, head of the School of Superheroes educational center at St. Nicholas Hospital.

Currently, there are 9 educational centers of the School of Superheroes in Ukraine that provide the right to education for children undergoing inpatient treatment throughout Ukraine. For children, the absence of a curriculum means a forced withdrawal from the educational process and social life, which negatively affects their psychological state and speed of recovery, and makes it difficult to return to school and normal life. That is why it is so important to provide children undergoing treatment with the opportunity to remain in the educational process.

The School of Superheroes was created at the initiative of the Office of the President, the Government of Ukraine, the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine, the Ministry of Health of Ukraine, and with the support of the First Lady of Ukraine. The educational center in Lviv was made possible thanks to the international law firm Dentons and collaboration of the public sector and business, experts from the pro bono NGO "Small Heart with Art" and 1+1 media, the US Embassy in Ukraine, the Right to Education project, EdPro LLC, Cooper&Hunter, DVOETOCHIE design bureau, Natalia Gudymenko, Yelyzaveta Feshchenko, and Alla Sorokovykova, and the international charity foundation Health of the Future.

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