Young refugees in Athens are getting the chance of a free education at the city’s American Community School (ACS) through a scholarship project being run by the HOME Project NGO.
Eighteen scholarships have been made available through support from the Shapiro Foundation for young people who have fled war and poverty in their own countries to seek safety and security in Greece.
The courses will start in the fall and the young people will be taught English and Greek as well as other practical skills, such as math and computers.
They will also get an education in the cultural arts, such as music and theater.
In a statement, Sofia Kouvelaki, director of the HOME Project, said: “The sponsorship of 18 scholarships is extremely important for us, as the education of these young people is a key pillar in supporting them, equally as important as safe housing and the provision of necessary goods and services for their well-being.”
Dr. Stefanos Gialamas, president of ACS Athens, commented: “Today, more than ever, academic institutions must prepare students to transform society as architects of their own learning, guided by ethos.”
Earlier this year, Greek Reporter visited one of the shelters run jointly by the HOME Project in north Athens. The HOME Project remains a privately funded initiative which not only shelters over 200 unaccompanied minors and provides jobs for 130 people, it helps young refugees rebuild and prepare for a new life in Europe.
The organization’s founding sponsor is the Libra Group, a privately-owned international business group active in 35 countries across six continents.