Ukrainian evacuee hired as Kyoto high school English teacher

A woman who was evacuated from Lviv in western Ukraine following the Russian invasion of her country has been hired to work as an assistant English teacher at a public high school in Kyoto, Ukraine. western Japan.

“I want to do my best,” Anastasiia Horoshko told the town hall as she attended a June 6 nomination ceremony to work at Hiyoshigaoka High School.

Anastasiia Horoshko (right) attends an appointment ceremony on June 6, 2022 at Kyoto City Hall.

The 29-year-old, who has an acquaintance living in Kyoto, said she studied English literature at university and graduate school while working for a trading company.

Anastasiia Horoshko shows her written appointment on June 6, 2022, at Kyoto City Hall.

She left Ukraine in early March due to mental strain caused by Russian missile attacks and arrived in Japan on April 16 via Poland and Germany. Her mother and other family members stayed to support their home country.

Her appointment to Kyoto came because she wanted to work and has experience teaching English to high school and university students in Ukraine, according to city officials.

She told Kyoto Mayor Daisaku Kadokawa during a courtesy call after the ceremony that she was “grateful for all the help Ukrainians have received from Japan” and “honoured to be able to come here and ‘to be supported by the city of Kyoto’.

Revealing that a friend in Lviv was killed in the missile attacks, she expressed concern for her family back home as well as her hopes for a speedy end to the war, the return of Russian-occupied lands and the reconstruction of the whole country.

Anastasiia Horoshko pays a courtesy visit to Kyoto Mayor Daisaku Kadokawa on June 6, 2022, at Kyoto City Hall.

Kyoto’s Shimbun

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