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School Education: Hidden Weapon of the Russian Federation against Ukraine

The Russian Federation (RF) is aware of the idea of the importance of school education for society, however primarily not for learning but for forming the worldview that is necessary for the authoritarian state, with which society is ready to fulfill the objectives set by the state, even if they do not comply with the conventional human values. In such a process, a child becomes not a subject of education but an object controlled by it.

In the RF, school education has long become one of the instruments of aggression against Ukraine and the Ukrainian people, through which the predetermined narratives promotes, the purpose of which is:

  • consolidation of results of the occupation and annexation of part of the Ukrainian territory;
  • complication and/or prevention of processes of de-occupation and re-integration of the mentioned Ukrainian territories;
  • changes in the social consciousness of children on the occupied Ukrainian territories for forming the generation of the “Russian” society, which has a loyal attitude to the objectives of the RF and is ready to join their fulfillment.

In the occupied territories of Ukraine, the Russian Federation has been implementing its own educational standards for a long time. Crimea and Donbas became the first “victims”. With the beginning of the full-scale invasion, the Russian Federation implemented its own educational programs in the occupied territories of Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions, promoting its own ideological and propaganda narratives to Ukrainian children through education and the educational process.


The study “School Education: Hidden Weapon of the Russian Federation against Ukraine” was prepared by the experts of the NGO “Regional Center for Human Rights” within the framework of the project of the NGO “Center for Civic Enlightenment “Almenda”, with the financial support of the Prague Civic Center. The content of this document is the sole responsibility of the NGO Center for Civic Enlightenment “Almenda” and does not necessarily reflect the position of the Prague Civic Society Center.

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