Children of migrants and refugees stranded in Greece will begin attending Greek schools next week on October 10.
Greek Education Minister Nikos Filis said on Wednesday that 1,500 children will be taught at schools that will operate in two migrant camps in Athens, two in Thessaloniki, one in Epirus and one in Evia, while another 20 schools around Greece will offer places for children.
The ministry said more refugee children will enter the education system once their vaccination is completed.
“Schooling refugee children falls under Greece’s international obligations,” Filis told a news conference.
After two schools in northern Greece last month expressed opposition to the project, officials said only vaccinated refugee children would be allowed to participate.
But Filis described the objections as marginal.
“As long as they are in this country, refugee children will play with Greek children,” he said. “Regardless of the circumstances any child is in, we are obliged to look after them and provide them with an education. It’s a legal obligation and a moral obligation.”
More than 60,000 refugees and migrants are in Greece after several European states have closed their borders earlier this year.
Source: VOA, ANA-MPA