THE MINISTRY FOR REINTEGRATION HELD AWARENESS-RAISING MEASURES IN SCHOOLS OF DONETSK OBLAST
The issue of mined and potentially dangerous areas continues to be a high priority in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts, so activities on mines and explosive remnants of war risk education is important, as raising awareness prevents the possibility of negative impact on the lives and activities of civilians.
Special attention should be paid to local residents who reside near the contact line or in communities where combat actions has previously taken place and who may be at risk of mines and explosives at any time.
In order to raise awareness among school-age children on the rules of safe behaviour in situations related to explosive hazards, the Ministry for Reintegration of the Temporary Occupied Territories of Ukraine together with the OSCE Project Coordinator in Ukraine conducted awareness-raising activities in educational institutions of Donetsk oblast (Kramatorsk Ukrainian Gymnasium and Slavic General School of I-III levels No. 13).
Representatives of the Ministry told students that explosives pose a deadly threat and that even after they stay on the ground or in the water for a long time, ammunition do not lose its ability to explode. That is why unfamiliar or suspicious items should never be picked up, carried or stepped on. It was also noted that in case of detection of suspicious objects, it is necessary to be as careful as possible and immediately inform adults and relevant authorities.
Within the framework of the information activities, elementary school children were given manuals in the form of thematic colouring books, aimed at ensuring the necessary level of knowledge and practical training on mine safety, to help analyse their own actions, to be able to find the right solutions in dangerous situations. This manual can be used during lessons, educational activities dedicated to life safety.
High school students were given mine safety diaries prepared by the Ministry.