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Education activities for children on the islands

In response to the acute need for education access on the frontier islands, METAdrasi set up three dedicated learning centres in January 2018 providing structured education activities to children living in refugee camps. From the beginning of these projects until now, more than 5,200 children have benefited from the educational services in the islands.

METAdrasi operates two Νon-formal Education (NFE) Centres in Lesvos for children residing in Mavrovouni site, as well as one in Chios, for children residing in VIAL RIC.  These centres are located in dedicated spaces, prioritizing implementation of classes outside the hotspots, so as to enable children’s smooth integration into official school systems, with respect to theircultural and sentimental background. In addition, METAdrasi implements courses in which students have the opportunity to develop and cultivate cognitive, social and life skills through interactive tasks, focused discussions, theatre, experiential play, etc. and to approach issues related to human rights, equality, multiculturalism, personal hygiene, recycling, life after school, etc.

Times and schedule of operation:

  • METAdrasi’s NFE centre in Chios operates from Monday to Friday, 8:00-16:00.
  • METAdrasi’s NFE centre in Mavrovouni operates from Monday to Friday, 8:00-14:00.
  • METAdrasi’s NFE centre in Mytilene operates from Monday to Friday, 9:00-15:00.

The educational programmes in Chios and Lesvos offer to students the chance to attend Greek, Mathematics and English as well as remedial classes, in accordance with the needs.

In total, more than 120 school-aged children benefit on a daily basis from these activities.

The educational programmes in Chios and Lesvos offer to students the chance to attend Greek, Mathematics and English as well as remedial classes, in accordance with the needs.

From June 2021, METAdrasi’s educational activities for minors in Chios and Lesvos are implemented with the support of UNICEF.