METAdrasi, for two yers now has been covering the educational needs of the children staying in the hotspots of Chios and Lesvos, serving more than 450 children on a daily basis. In Lesvos in particular, METAdrasi operates two Non Formal Education Centers for the children from Kara Tepe and Moria, offering courses of Greek, Mathematics and English, as well as activities aimed at developing and cultivating their cognitive and social skills.
For the needs of the educational program in Mytilene, METAdrasi transports daily more than 250 children outside Moria. These children manage to“escape” for some hours from the terrible conditions of the hotspot in order to participate in the lessons held in the specially designed areas of the Non Formal Education Center in Mytilene, while in Kara Tepe, about 200 students spend creative time daily, both in the lessons and in the Child Friendly Space.
In this context, Clowns Without Borders UK visited METAdrasi’s Non-Formal Education Center in Mytilene and the Child Friendly Space in Kara Tepe with the aim of bringing joy and laughter to the children.
Both children and teenagers had fun with the three shows that the clowns gave. As one of our educators stated “We were so happy to see how much fun our students had. We believe that such activities fill children with optimist and give them the chance to escape even for a little while, the inhuman living conditions of the hotspots.”
We warmly thank Clowns Without Borders UK, who, through laughter, passed the message of hope to refugee children!
METAdrasi’s educational activities for refugee children are implemented in Lesvos and Chios with the support of UNHCR.