How war affects emotional state of teachers from frontline areas – study

Less than 40% of teachers from the border and frontline areas of Ukraine feel emotionally stable. At the same time, 82% of them said they had become more anxious.

Source: study of the emotional state of teachers conducted by the GoGlobal Education Foundation with the support of Finn Church Aid (FCA), as the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine reports.

More than 87% of teachers from border and frontline hromadas said they needed more time to recuperate. 78% said they have been feeling devastated and tired lately. [A hromada is an administrative unit designating a village, several villages, or a town, and their adjacent territories – ed.]

82% of respondents said they have become more anxious compared to the period before the start of the full-scale war. 66% of them feel less energetic.

According to the survey, 51% of education workers feel less emotionally stable, noting that it has become more difficult to respond accurately to events around them.

"58% of educators explicitly state that they need help," the authors of the study say.

In addition, education workers said that children from border and frontline districts have:

  • indifference to learning, reduced motivation (57%);

  • deterioration of memory and concentration (55%);

  • rapid fatigue during classes (53%).

The researchers surveyed 4,460 people who hold the positions of teacher (82%), headmaster (5%), deputy headmaster (8%), social worker (1%) or psychologist (4%). A total 91% of the respondents are women, and 9% are men.

8% of respondents were aged between 24 and 30 years, 24% were aged between 31 and 40 years, 29% were aged between 41 and 50 years, 31% were aged between 50 and 60 years, and 8% were over 60 years old.

Respondents from six oblasts took part in the survey, namely Chernihiv (9%), Kherson (2%), Sumy (29%), Kharkiv (14%), Zaporizhzhia (10%), and Mykolaiv (34%) oblasts.

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