Ukrainian children took Czech children away from computers and phones

All the adults go to work here, and the little Ukrainians not only fit in well at the local school, but also taught the local children how great it is to play outside.

I’m proud that we didn’t turn a blind eye like we did in 1968 and help like this

Zdeněk Peša, mayor of Olešnice

Olešnice has experienced a flood, the rampage of a tornado, the last time in the summer it was covered by hail, which in some places accumulated to a height of more than half a meter. Nevertheless, the locals, led by Mayor Zdenek Peša, managed to provide facilities mainly for women and children fleeing their homeland from Russian aggression.

Fresh wind

Of the refugees from Olešnice, there are only two men, in addition there are 15 women and girls and 13 children. “I’ve been mayor here for 28 years, and at the end of my career at City Hall, I was given the opportunity to help these people. I helped them with my knowledge of Russian and official Shimla. And I’m proud of Olešňáky and our nation that we didn’t turn a blind eye like we did in 1968 and are helping like this,” he told Právu Peša.

Peša met with the Práva reporter in his office at the town hall, where you could not miss the banana boxes in the corner of the room. In a few weeks, the mayor will hand over the keys to his successor and return to his beloved department as the principal of the local primary school. That’s why he pays a lot of attention to how the children are doing.

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According to him, the Ukrainian ones brought fresh wind to the village. “We have a lot of sports fields here, unfortunately our children preferred to spend their time with the phone and the Internet. Suddenly, little Ukrainians came, started running outside, playing football, and our children followed them. And now I hear how people are surprised that there is still shouting at the children’s playground at seven o’clock in the evening,” laughed the mayor.

Pesha is proud that all adult Ukrainians, except for one mother caring for a two-year-old child, are working, although all but one woman has to commute. “They don’t want to be a nuisance to anyone, they didn’t come for social benefits. They quickly found work. At the same time, often far below their qualifications. Two nurses are cleaning the hospital. Two final year university students sort used clothes. When I meet them and ask, they shrug and say: It’s a job, thanks for it. Those who curse at them should realize this,” Peša emphasized.

Wedding and baby

11 Ukrainians entered the elementary school, where 250 children go. They already had a few months of the last school year behind them, and during the holidays the city organized adaptation courses to improve their Czech, but also so that mothers could go to work and take care of their children. “The teacher’s assistant will help us run the school,” Peša explained.

In Olešnica, they have already experienced a Ukrainian wedding and the birth of a new Ukrainian citizen. “The groom wore my shoes and trousers with my son’s shirt. The bride had a dress from Ukraine,” said the mayor.

He himself admits that the original enthusiasm for helping is already fading even in Olešnica. “On the other hand, when the mother needed a stroller for her little girl last week, they posted it on Facebook and it was here within an hour,” acknowledged Peša.

He experienced the change in mood firsthand when he visited the regional Assistance Center. This worked in the first months at the Brno Exhibition Center and the admission procedure took a few tens of minutes. In recent weeks, however, the center has been operating at a new address with disproportionately worse facilities.

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“I went there with one refugee and I was surprised. A long line before they even let you into the not-so-nice barracks, where it’s undignified for both the refugees and the staff. The procedure there took us 6.5 hours,” the mayor shrugged.

When asked about the most emotional experience since the start of the refugee crisis, the mayor does not hesitate. “It was my birthday and our Ukrainians somehow found out about it. I came to a regular meeting that we have every week or fortnight and they baked me a cake. Well, I was in tears,” concluded Mayor Peša.

The article is in Czech

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