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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 5,100 children have been benefited from the educational services in the islands.

METAdrasi operates two Νon-formal Education 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 which is connected to their “refugee status”.

The non-formal Education Centre in Chios operate Monday to Friday, 08.00-16.00, the non-formal Education Centre in Mavrovouni from Monday to Friday, 8.00-13.00, Mytilene’s NFE centre for students from the Mavrovouni site (Lesvos RIC), operate Monday to Friday, 9.00-15.00 and offer Greek, Mathematics and English classes, whilst homework support is also provided according to the needs of each site. Additionally, METAdrasi implements project-based learning, in order for students to cultivate their social skills with creative ways, on topics such as human rights, equality, recycling and more.

During the lockdown period and the following suspension of in vivo classes, due to the COVID19 pandemic, METAdrasi implements distance learning, with hard copies distribution, in order for children to maintain contact with the educational processes.

More than 300 school age children benefit on a daily basis from these activities. In Chios, the educational activities are implemented with the support of UNHCR. In Lesvos, the educational activities were implemented with the support of UNHCR, whereas from June 2021 are implemented with the support of UNICEF.