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Google is donating 43,000 Chromebooks to Ukrainian teachers and helping train them as war forces millions of students into distance learning, company and Ukrainian government officials said Tuesday.

The donation will facilitate the transition to remote learning for students remaining in the country and those who have been displaced, Google Director Matt Brittin said in an online post. Ukraine’s Ministry of Education and Science estimates that more than 3.7 million students are learning remotely, said Brittin, Google’s president for Europe, Middle East and Africa.

“Thousands of schools are now affected by the shelling and many families have been forced to flee their homes,” said Mykhailo Fedorov, Ukraine’s Minister for Digital Transformation, in a social media post about the partnership. “Even in such conditions, the teachers are heroically continuing the learning process and delivering lessons online. They zoom in and send homework to students from the bomb shelters,” Fedorov said.

Unesco, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, is facilitating the arrangement, the officials said.

Google is working with local organizations to train about 50,000 teachers, through a series of workshops and online materials, to make the best use of Google Workspace for Education devices and tools, Brittin said.

Google, meanwhile, has moved most of its employees out of Russia. The Alphabet Inc. unit began offering to do so after a court in late March froze Google’s main bank account in the country.