Our Association sent its submission to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights for its report on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the realization of the equal enjoyment of the right to education by every girl, highlighting the most important challenges and barriers that girls face and making recommendations. Our responses was devoted to the situation with education for girls in the Crimea; it deals with the issues identified by the Association in its work, namely the issue of intentional and organised Russian policy against rights to education and development, also as for gender and racial discrimination committed in the Crimea since 2014.

Association stressed that collapse of medical system in conditions of the COVID-19 pandemic make strong negative impact on right of Crimean girls to get pre-primary, primary and secondary education in the peninsula. The main challenges on the level of pre-primary education is the limitation of places in the kindergartens due to the massive resettlement of Russian colonizers and military men together with their families to the peninsula, also as due to total corruption and negligence in area of repairing and building the kindergartens. Also the hate speech and even the militarisation of educational process in the kindergartens took place in the Crimea. The primary and secondary school level in the Crimea are connected with total militarisation of education, erasing the identity of ethnic Ukrainian and Crimean Tatars, with low quality of educational process.

ARC pointed that the level of “high school” adds a total corruption in this area reflected details in our Association’s investigations. For example, bosses on the so-called “Crimean Federal University” had stolen in 2016-2020 more than 6.5 billion roubles on the fictive security services; and in the same time absence of such security services in reality was a real factor of tragic massacre in the Russia-controlled “Kerch Polytechnic College”, as a school shooting and bomb attack that occurred in Kerch on 17 October 2018. Then 20 people were shot and killed including five young girls among victims.

So, Association stressed in its submission, all levels of the girls’ education in the Crimea do not contain such features as availability, accessibility, acceptability and adaptability of education. It would be beneficial if that UN research could pay more attention to the situation with the education for girls in zones on conflict and foreign occupation like modern Crimea, pointed the Association to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.