Deep Dive: The State of Refugee Education
Written by: Val Stutz, Edited by: Clary Estes
Last Bell, a traditional ceremony in many post-Soviet countries that celebrates the end of the academic school year and marks the beginning of summer vacation. Although the specific date of the ceremony may vary depending on the country, it is always carried out at the end of May. Since the May weather is usually bright and full of sunny days, many schools in these former Soviet republics often hold the ceremony in the schoolyard. Some activities that take place include: speeches by the school directors and faculty; dances performed by different students (mainly the graduating high school class); poems recited by students; and, of course, the ceremonial Last Bell, which is rung by one or several students, depending on the school or the country. The nature of the ceremony makes it a very happy and memorable experience. Students and faculty members look forward to the summer break, and high school graduates reflect on their final days in school before entering university or starting a new chapter in their lives as they move directly into the workforce.