Tech Entrepreneur creates Ukrainian online school to help refugees arriving in UK – FE News


Ukrainian children arriving in the UK will benefit from the creation of Ukrainian schoola free online educational platform to help Ukrainian students overcome language barriers and continue their learning while settling into schools in the UK.

Ukraine School was created by tech entrepreneur Brendan Morrissey and his team at eSchools, which provides online teaching and communication solutions to teachers and students at 1,100 UK schools.

Ukraine Free Virtual School allows teachers to set assignments, manage class projects, messages, blogs and schedule and give feedback in English, which is then translated into Ukrainian for the children. Once the work is finished, it is translated back into English.

The Ukrainian School seeks to bridge the gap between young children with little or no English and their new teachers and classmates, an invaluable service to the more than 1,000 Ukrainian refugees currently in the UK.

After developing educational apps, Brendan Morrissey decided to reformulate some of his previous work to form Ukraine School after the outbreak of war in Ukraine. With 50 languages ​​already available on the platform, it is hoped that once the technology is established in the UK, it will be distributed to other countries where Ukrainian refugees settle. Hundreds of schools in Ireland have already signed up to the platform.

The next step for Ukraine School is to acquire hardware to access the platform outside the classroom. Since many refugees are not expected to have immediate access to computers or laptops, the organization is now looking for corporate partners who can donate hardware to enable children to access the website at home and at school. school.

Teachers and schools can access Ukraine School by sending an email [email protected] where the team will send passwords to add students. There is also a free app for parents linked to the eSchools app which allows them to view homework and connect with the school.

Brendan Morrissey, Founder, Ukraine School, commented:

“The idea behind the platform is that Ukrainian children will be able to continue their education with minimal disruption, despite whatever they might be facing right now. The platform will allow teachers to set assignments, conduct class projects and give feedback, which will then be translated into Ukrainian and vice versa when the child completes their homework. It also allows children to connect with new friends and teachers in a safe environment. Our motto at eSchools is that no child is left behind, so we had to develop this to help them.

“Our hope is that by using the platform, schools in England and local authorities can support refugees in a meaningful way, without incurring additional costs on already stretched school budgets.”

“The next step is for other technology companies to get involved, like Google, Microsoft or Samsung. We would really like to see these companies supporting what we are doing by providing hardware to local schools with our platform preloaded. children to continue learning and working in their new homes in the UK.

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