Ukraine

New online course about the danger of mines and explosive remnants of war launched in Ukraine

Danish Refugee Council – Danish Demining Group (DRC-DDG), with funding from the EU, has launched an online course for school children living in eastern Ukraine to help them keep safe in areas contaminated with mines and explosive remnants of war.

According to DRC-DDG data, at least 638 people have died and 1,315 have been injured by landmines or explosive remnants of war (ERW) since June 2014. At least 140 of them were children. To raise awareness about landmine risks, DRC-DDG has created an interactive online course with financial support from the European Union. Over 1,200 adolescents aged 12-17 living in government-controlled areas (GCA) and non-government-controlled areas (NGCA) close to the contact line have already signed up.

“We hope that children will learn the main principles thanks to this course: what to do if they see an unknown object on the ground; how to act when accidentally entering a mine-contaminated area; what to do if you see a person in a minefield” says Almedina Musić, Head of the DDG programme in Ukraine.

Samuel Marie-Fanon, Head of European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations in Ukraine, said: “Seven years into the conflict, eastern Ukraine is one of the most mine-contaminated areas in the world. Keeping civilians out of harm’s way is of utmost importance, which is why the EU funds humanitarian activities like this online course contributing to the safety of children.”

The course is hosted on the e-learning platform of Donetsk and Luhansk regional Institutes of Post Graduate Pedagogical Education and has become a fundamental part of the ‘Healthy Lifestyles’ curriculum. The course is also available free-of-charge to the general public, following registration at https://olymp.eschool.dn.ua/.

Background

The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is a humanitarian, non-governmental, non-profit organization which endeavours to protect internally displaced persons (IDPs) and conflict-affected population and promotes durable solutions for IDPs. The Danish Demining Group (DDG) is a specialised unit within DRC for humanitarian mine action. DDG helps residents to adapt to new living conditions in areas contaminated by landmines and ERW safely.

The European Union and its Member States are the world’s leading donor of humanitarian aid. Relief assistance is an expression of European solidarity with people in need all around the world. It aims to save lives, prevent and alleviate human suffering, and safeguard the integrity and human dignity of populations affected by disasters and man-made crises.

Through its Civil Protection and Humanitarian aid Operations department (ECHO), the European Union helps millions of victims of conflict and disasters every year. With headquarters in Brussels and a global network of field offices, the EU provides assistance to the most vulnerable people on the basis of humanitarian needs.