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Ukrainian woman living in Longford reveals children struggling with change

Nov 1, 2022 17:11 By Shannonside News
Ukrainian woman living in Longford reveals children struggling with change Ukrainian woman living in Longford reveals children struggling with change
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Svetlana stresses the importance of children keeping up their native language as "language is a living structure, it lives as long as we speak it".

A Ukrainian teacher living in Longford says many children who had to flee the war with their families are still taking online classes in their native country.

Svetlana who arrived in Ireland in June with her teenage sons says it's very important that the children can retain their native language after being forced out of their homes.

A group of around 16 Ukrainian people have been accommodated in Ballinamuck since June of this year and Svetlana says they've been overwhelmed by the kindness shown to them.

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Speaking on the Let's Talk show this afternoon the Ukraine national revealed that many of the children now living in Ireland are getting up a couple of hours early to take online lessons before heading to their schools here.

"When you wake up at 6am you have online school first, then after breakfast you go to your normal school  and do all your subjects and then you come back at 3. Any language is a living structure, it lives as long as we speak it. So we learn to speak English, children learn to speak English, imagine if they didn't keep up their Ukrainian. They'll forget it".

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