Teaching history: From the ATO zone to classroom

17:59 Oct. 24, 2016

From the ATO zone to classroom

Yaroslav Yaroshenko

A soldier who was fighting in eastern Ukraine has decided to go back to his profession - teaching history

He changed a military uniform for a teacher's suit. In the city of Dnipro, this demobilized soldier teaches history at the preparatory class for internally displaced children. It's a voluntary project for him. Yaroslav says the best reward for this work is to know his students have passed history exams perfectly.

A year ago, a historian by profession, Yaroslav served in the ATO zone. He had witnessed nearly the whole of the Donetsk region. Now, dozens of students await the young teacher in the city library.

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All the children are different, and united by one tragedy - they personally know what a war means.

Some survived bombing, others lost their relatives. And none of them want to recall those heartbreaking moments.

Volodymyr, internally displaced person from Yenakiyevo: Friends who I had there, they chose a different point of view and we argued with each other pretty much. I want to live in Ukraine.

Yaroslav, the teacher, says the main rule for his lectures is NO propaganda.

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Yaroslav Yaroshenko, ATO ex-soldier, teacher: The environment effects a person, or what parents think. So, my criteria are the truth without politicizing the information I give. 

All internally displaced children are being invited to the classes, free of charge and without any diploma requirements.

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