Back to school
Come september Greece will open its public schools A lot of new children from various countries will be able to share the education that is possibilities in Greece. Plans are being made by the Greek government to ensure that that is possible.
New kids on the block
How will the existing Greek schools cope with these new kids on the block? We don't know but what would help is preparation of the children for this new experience. Over the past year there have been many initiatives of NGOs and volunteer organisations to set up schools at the camps. Accordingly to volunteers there are many obstacles and problems to overcome in order to set up a school at a camp.
From the documented experience of volunteers, it becomes clear that in order to succeed it is important to involve the local community at the camp. This can range from support of local community leaders to active involvement of refugee teachers and students that can help out to create continuity of the schools.
Refugees welcome the initiatives of NGOs but the need for continuity and involvement independence has spurred the trend of trying to be self reliant.
The newly planned Hope School is an example of self reliance. The Hope School is a self-organized and autonomous initiative by refugee teachers who are residents of the Skaramagkas camp. They are five Afghan, five Kurdish, and ten Syrian teachers, all with university education, who have managed to overcome their cultural, political and religious differences for the cause of pure education.
ULG Look UP hopes that more initiatives like that will follow with support of already existing educational programs offered by volunteers working at the camp. Thats why we created the ULG Look UP School page.
What is the Objective of ULG Look UP School page? Making the case for studying – Case study and the School after School resource project.
In Case-study: Making the case for studying send your initiative of a school to us so we can highlight.To make planned and existing schools know to general public as an initiative. As an initiative you can make the case for studying- find cooperate among your peers in different camps by sharing your initiative to them, get new ideas.
School after School: We built a small online resource for children to play with, school after school-see First day. Feel free to send us ideas so we can grow this resource for children to play with and have a school after school on their phone. Your shared your ideas become resources for your peers at other camps.
Education Greece: background and developments on education in Greece
ULG Look UP Twitternode: Curated initiatives on education in Greece: Scholarships, Tips, Resources Universities, Trends.