What is going on in Ukraine?

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Nothing goes on in Ukraine. For several weeks, observers had feared the worst, but were hopeful of a diplomatic resolution to the standoff with Russia. Unfortunately, the armed conflict has started. The activity ideas and resources in this guide are designed to help you develop students' critical thinking skills and encourage them to seek information from a variety of sources.

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Nothing is going well in Ukraine. And it is normal to have a lot of questions about this difficult to understand war. Most teachers lack knowledge about the complex geopolitical and historical context of the conflict, which leads them to wonder if they should really address the issue in class, and if so, how. Despite this, many experts believe that it is important to do so, or to be prepared to answer questions, and that young people are capable of much more nuanced thinking than is commonly believed.

Russia attacked Ukraine last night. She carried out the threat she had brandished (waved) for several weeks. 7000 km from Montreal, a war broke out.

Flash News – The Curious

As teachers, in such a historical moment, it is important to remember not to impose one's personal view of the situation and to maintain an atmosphere of openness to the other. This is a good opportunity to approach the situation as a learner, not as an expert, and model your own strategies. Let's not forget that armed conflicts unfortunately take place every day in the world, but we hear more about this one since it is in Europe and we are "closer" to them. This is an opportunity to develop students' critical thinking skills and encourage them to seek information from multiple sources. The activity ideas and resources in this guide are intended to help you do just that.

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Information since the start of the attacks, on February 24, 2022 in the morning, has been coming in drips. This report shot after the first strikes shows how complex it is to obtain the real information, on the one hand as on the other.


Moreover, we are witnessing a real war of disinformation exacerbated by social media. Agence Science-Presse has looked into the matter and gives tips on how not to contribute to it!

Ukraine: how to avoid sharing misinformation

You can also read this article from Radio-Canada: Propaganda, disinformation, misinformation: welcome to the war in “ streaming "

What's happening in Ukraine?

The MAJ team looked into the matter.

For 8 to 12 year olds: Why is Putin waging war on Ukraine? (Children's Diary)

And the RAD team too:

“Madam, will there be a 3rd World War? "Sir, why don't other countries intervene?" »

Like almost all teachers, you have probably been asked if a Third World War is going to happen, or why NATO, the UN and other countries of the world are not intervening in Ukraine. Read this editorial by Jonathan Le Prof on the subject: The invasion of Ukraine and the risk of WW3.

For younger students (8 to 12 years old): War in Ukraine: All eyes turn to NATO

You can also refer to this article published via our newsfeed which lists a lot of interesting resources to broach the subject with your students.

Suggested Activities


At the end of the activities, the student will be able to:

  • Locate Ukraine on a world map and name its neighboring countries;
  • Analyze a map of the European Union and locate Ukraine on it;
  • To better understand what is happening in Ukraine with the help of press articles;
  • To better understand the role of NATO in such a conflict;
  • Go back in time and also learn about the 2014 protests and the Orange Revolution (understand that as early as 2004, tensions already existed in Ukraine).

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