More than 200 schoolchildren from the Mykolaiv, Zaporizhzhya and Donetsk regions learned about the threat posed by mines and explosive objects, how to recognize them and the area where they can be located, as well as how to protect themselves and their relatives from the negative consequences of their influence.
The event was held by specialists of the career guidance department of DonSUIA together with partners from the international humanitarian organization “The Mines Advisory Group (MAG)” within the framework of the implementation of the “DonSUIA SAFETY TEENS SPACE” program. Project managers Lady Vergas and Mark Warburton also joined the meeting.
Yuliia Kozina, a specialist in informing about landmines and munitions, told students of general secondary education institutions that the size of contaminated Ukrainian lands is equal to the territory of Great Britain, and demining the territory will take tens of years. The MAG representative noted that during the full-scale invasion, more than 1,500 children were injured by the effects of mines and ammunition, but this could have been avoided by knowing the rules for dealing with explosive objects.
Representatives of “The Mines Advisory Group” said that since 1989, the organization has provided assistance to 20 million people in 70 countries of the world. In 1997, it received the Nobel Peace Prize for its work to ban anti-personnel landmines. In Ukraine, MAG has been operating since 2023 and is engaged in humanitarian demining and informing the population.
The University specialists urged schoolchildren to follow mine safety rules and talked about the activities of the University and the 2024 admissions campaign.