Prime Minister participates in 2020–2021 school year opening ceremonies

These school year opening ceremonies are different from the previous ones. They are held during the continuing epidemic and restrictions to limit the spread of COVID-19. Students return to schools after 4 months of remote schooling and 2 months of holidays. Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki took part in school year opening ceremonies in two primary schools: in Dalików and Żyrardów.

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Photo: Adam Guz / Chancellery of the Prime Minister of Poland

Schools during the coronavirus epidemic

The Prime Minister stressed that the last 6 months were special and unexpected for schools all around Poland because they meant remote schooling. There were no textbooks on how to deal with the situation. However, it was thanks to the joint effort of teachers, you – students and parents, whose patience was key – that we went through such a very difficult time he continued.

The head of government also remarked that the last 6 months made young people realise that Facebook cannot replace friends nor can Google teachers. This traditional model of teaching should be appreciated because it makes us who we are in adult life he said.

New challenges in the new school year

The Prime Minister called for compliance with current restrictions to limit the spread of COVID-19. They depend on the epidemic situation in a poviat. It is important to keep distance, disinfect, be determined in complying with all recommendations, and to wear masks.

Student safety always comes first. Now this means not only safety at school or on the way to school but also sanitary safety. This is one of the key challenges associated with the new school year.

Support for educational facilities

The school year opening ceremony in the January Insurgents Primary School in Dalików was accompanied with the opening of a new part of the school. It was funded from several sources, mainly including the state budget. The modernisation of educational facilities is one of the priorities of the government.

I had a great pleasure of visiting several school rooms and laboratories: for maths, physics, and information technology, and I think the school here in Dalików is quite good compared to the school I went to said the Prime Minister.

Commemoration of the heroes of the Polish history

In Dalików, the Prime Minister referred to the fact that the school is named for January insurgents and thanked for honouring our ancestors.

During the school year opening ceremony in Philippe de Girard Primary School No. 1 in Żyrardów, which includes integrated and bilingual classes, the head of government mentioned that historical events should be commemorated in these areas. He also made a special reference to the anniversary of the outbreak of World War II, which falls on 1 September. We would not be who we are today and there would be no Poland if the Polish national identity and humanity had not been defended. What Germans did to us at that time was the opposite of humanity – the worst possible acts of barbarity and bestiality aimed to exterminate the Polish nation. Everyone who fought that evil was on the side of good.

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