The school bell rang for the third consecutive year on Tuesday for child refugees who are attending Greek public schools.
Last year, more than 8,000 child refugees were enrolled in public schools in all grades, as well as attending afternoon schools set up for only refugee children.
General Secretary of Education Giorgos Angelopoulos visited a refugee camp in Eleonas, Athens on Tuesday morning, as children boarded buses provided by the International Organization for Migration (IOM).
Angelopoulos then attended the first day the school year ceremony at the 72nd Elementary School in Athens, where he wished the children and their parents “a good school year.” Addressing the teachers, he acknowledged the importance of their work and the support they offer to the children.
He stated that by the end of the month all child refugees in Greece will either be attending regular schools or schools designated specifically for refugees. However, the main objective is for the children to be able to attend regular schools during the course of the academic year.