ELIX, supported by UNICEF and funded by the European Commission (DG ECHO), began in october 2017 the implementation of an educational program for refugee and immigrant children and their parents in Attica.
The aim of the program is to provide non-formal education and homework support to underage refugees and migrants as well as their families in order to contribute to their smooth integration into the education system through innovative educational methods.
The program is designed to provide day-to-day coverage of the educational needs of children aged 3-17 and support the study of children going to school aged 6-15.
Each student attends 2 hours of lesson a day (10 hours a week), which are implemented in the morning or afternoon hours.
In addition to Greek-certified pedagogues, all courses are supported by teachers from the ethnic communities of the students.
In particular, the actions of the program include:
- Preschool classes for children aged 3-5 years.
- Greek language lessons for children aged 6-17.
- English language classes for children aged 6-17.
- Natural science lessons for children aged 6-17.
- Life skills courses.
- Greek and English language lessons to parents.
Brief review of the program for the months of November and December:
- 5 training centers in Attica
- 782 children enrolled aged 3-17, total of 440 boys, 342 girls
- 128 parents, 62 men, 66 women.
- 24 different nationalities and 10 different mother tongues.
- 263 gifts were distributed to preschool and elementary children due to New Year’s Eve
- 1,766 hourly classes in total (Greek, Mathematics and English) were provided to children and 144 hours for parents
- 41 Educational and Social Workers have been working on the program providing services to children and parents.
- 6 educational trainings were organized in Athens for the training of teachers
In Attica, the program is implemented in the hospitality centers of Eleonas and Skaramangas, at the ELIX learning center (20 Patision st, omonia) as well as at the 51st Elementary School of Athens (40th Akominatou str.) and 46th Gymnasium of Athens (Koraka 44, Kato Patisia). Soon it is expected to be implemented in a third public school in the area of the Municipality of Athens.
ELIX educational centers hosted at the 51st Primary School and at the 48th Gymnasium of Athens have been allocated for this purpose by the Municipality of Athens under the Open Schools program, an initiative of the City of Athens, funded exclusively by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.