The German Ministry of Education is calling for the recognition of the professional qualifications of Ukrainians without bureaucracy in order to accelerate their integration into the German labor market.
This was stated by German Education Minister Bettina Stark-Watzinger in an interview with the German newspaper Augsburger Allgemeine. DW.
According to Stark-Watzinger, Germany should actively support the desire of Ukrainian refugees to work, however, in order to recognize professional qualifications, greater standardization and unification in the lands is necessary. In addition, the option of obtaining post-qualification after getting a job is being considered.
She also added that Germany is strengthening cooperation with the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine to enable Ukrainian children to receive a school leaving certificate, which is recognized in Ukraine.
“We want to give the children and young people who come to us not only protection, but also a perspective,” said Stark-Watzinger.
Ideally, they should also receive online lessons from Ukraine in addition to the German school, the minister added. Now, she said, the federal government and the lands are conducting an intensive exchange of views with the Minister of Education of Ukraine Serhiy Shkarlet, in order to “find a good balance between integration into the German education system and the preservation of Ukrainian identity.”
According to the German Ministry of Education, since the beginning of Russia’s war against Ukraine, more than 90,000 Ukrainian students have been enrolled in German schools.
Germany recently warned that it was extending the period of visa-free stay for Ukrainians until August 31.
By the beginning of the war, 24,000 Ukrainians lived in Berlin; after February 24, at least 100,000 refugees arrived in the German capital. Assistance to them is provided in Germany, in addition to state and land structures, by about 400 organizations, funds and companies.
In total, the number of refugees from Ukraine in Germany exceeded 218 thousand people.