In response to the acute need for education access on the frontier islands, METAdrasi set up three dedicated learning centres in January 2018. These centres provide a structured education and other recreational activities to children living in refugee camps and other hotspots.
METAdrasi operates two non-formal Education Centres in Lesvos for children residing the in Kara Tepe and Moria camps, as well as one in Chios, for children living in VIAL. These centres are located in dedicated spaces outside the hotspots, so as to enable children’s smooth integration into official school systems.
The non-formal Education Centres in Kara Tepe and Chios operate Monday to Friday, 08.00-16.00; they provide Greek, Mathematics, and English lessons. Students follow a Programme of Studies with specialized curricular materials that respond to their particular needs.
METAdrasi also operates a Child Friendly Space in Kara Tepe, where children have the opportunity to play safely and participate in activities before and/or after their lessons.
More than 450 school age children benefit on a daily basis from these activities, which are implemented with the support of UNHCR.