Ed Min Drafts Plan for Adaptation of Refugee Children in Greek Schools



metanastes-paidia-708_0Refugee children who will stay in Greece will attend the local schools where their families are staying, according to a plan drafted by the ministry of education.

According to a ministry of education plan, revealed by Proto Thema newspaper, refugee children will not go to special schools but will attend the schools of the region their parents are accommodated.

The plan is based on the student integration processes applied in the 1990s for thousands of children who had migrated to Greece from Albania.

Based on the same information, the plan includes the creation of reception center classes in all the hotspots. In addition to essentials, such as shelter and food, children will be taught basic skills and basic Greek in order to adapt easier to Greek schools later.

For children who will leave for northern Europe, right after registration they will be attending classes to learn the basics of the German language.

As for the teachers, according to the plan of the ministry of education, people who speak English will try to reach children in their own language. These teachers will be the mediators, those who will teach the Greek language and way of life to refugee and migrant children.

Education Minister Nikos Filis presented the plan to the Conference of Education Ministers in Brussels a few days ago. The initial reaction of his colleagues was positive, according to the minister.

Filis told Proto Thema that children of refugees who wish to remain in Greece would be integrated into reception classes of public schools first and then to Greek students classes.


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