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Integration of Refugee Children in Greek Schools: About the project

Related to: Integration of Refugee Children in Greek Schools

A national project in Greece supported by the EEA Grants and conducted by The European Wergeland Centre (EWC) under the auspices of the Hellenic Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs and in cooperation with the Institute of Educational Policy. It will start in the school year 2019-2020 and involve 150 secondary schools by 2022. The main objective of the project is that refugee children are integrated in Greek schools that are safe and inclusive for all. In order to achieve this, EWC will offer training and mentoring to school directors and teachers in 150 secondary schools with refugee pupils. 

For almost a decade, Greece has been dealing with many multi-leveled and severe challenges since the onset of the ongoing financial crisis, with the influx of refugees being the most recent one. Greek schools struggle with issues connected to these challenges daily. A big number of refugee children have spent a long time away from home and as a result away from school. It is Greece’s obligation to provide the opportunity to these children to re-join education or to attend school for the first time.

EWC’s project addresses a particular gap in the provision of education to refugee children. Even though legal and structural provisions are in place, there is not always the necessary support for all the schools where refugee children are enrolled once they are there. There is limited training, practical guides or good practices offered to schools on how to manage the situation, which may cause tensions and conflicts in the classroom, in the school environment, with parents and the local community.

Through the project school directors and teachers are trained to create safe and inclusive schools and classrooms where refugees are welcomed into a learning environment which aims to provide quality education to all. The training aims to equip school directors and teachers with the tools, competence and confidence to manage controversy and deal with issues concerning intolerance, discrimination, racism and hate speech in school and the local community.
Throughout the school year, school teams of school heads, teachers and parents’ representatives are trained and mentored by experienced trainers trained through the project. The whole school are involved in school activities and workshops.

For: School leaders, teachers, pupils and parents from 150 Greek secondary schools.

Language: Greek

Organized by: The European Wergeland Centre

Partners: The Hellenic Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs, Institute for Education Policy, Sol Crowe/Human Rights 360

Funded by: The EEA/Norway Grants

EWC project manager: Lars M. Gudmundson

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