Svitlana Kolmykova is head teacher at Kharkiv Secondary School No. 79, which received ten laptops as part of our Digital Equity for Ukraine initiative. Students study in a bomb shelter in Kharkiv, Ukraine using donated laptops. The laptops were donated as part of the Digital Equity in Ukraine project via local partner Fundacja Q to a school in Kharkiv, Ukraine.

Svitlana’s story keeping education going in Ukraine​

On September 3rd, 2022, a missile hit near the school, causing significant damage to the building. The school can be used however, we face ongoing challenges, with frequent sirens, rocket attacks, and drone strikes.​

​It’s a small school – 134 pupils, aged five to 16 – and 13 teachers. The war has forced five teachers to leave the region, and more than half of the students have been displaced both within and outside Ukraine.​

​The local authorities do their best to support us, but our resources are relatively weak, so receiving powerful, modern laptops has been an important asset for our school. ​

​The laptops are used every day. They provide access to educational resources, make learning materials more accessible to children, and also allow students to communicate with others and participate in various online educational events. ​

Some of the students shoot videos on their phones and then edit on the laptops in the shelter – sometimes for projects, but also just for fun, which is so important. ​

​I want to say thank you for this opportunity to use these powerful laptops.​

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