EU and Ukraine sign €100 million for the rehabilitation of war-damaged schools 
December 16, 2022

EU and Ukraine sign €100 million for the rehabilitation of war-damaged schools 

The European Commission and the Government of Ukraine have signed a €100 million support package for the reconstruction and rehabilitation of schooling facilities damaged in Russia’s full-scale war of aggression against Ukraine. 

Support will reach Ukraine through the EU’s humanitarian partners and partly as budget support to the Government of Ukraine.

The €100 million assistance package includes:

  • €34 million in humanitarian aid with a focus on light and medium repairs including repairs of windows, roofs, doors, sanitation and heating facilities, as well as providing classroom equipment in learning spaces and bomb shelters. 
  •  €66 million to be provided in the next few weeks directly to the Ukrainian government as budget support.

A damage assessment of the facilities to be rehabilitated locally has already begun. It is expected that most of the educational institutions that will receive this grant will be repaired between December 2022 and September 2023, in time for the start of the next school year.

The European Commission has also allocated around €14 million to purchase school buses and bring Ukrainian children safely to school. The Commission has also launched an EU-wide solidarity campaign to donate school buses for Ukraine. Overall, around 240 buses are now on their way from the EU and its member states. 

“Today we are delivering on our promise to support the rehabilitation of schools damaged and destroyed by Russia’s brutal war. And by early 2023, we will also deliver school buses for Ukraine so children can actually travel to school in the best possible conditions. The future of Ukraine begins with its children back in schools,” said European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.

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