Greece has launched a nationwide programme to educate the refugee children who have arrived in the country.
So far this year, an estimated 160,000 people have arrived in Greece, from countries like Libya, Syria and Somalia – and over a quarter of these are school-age children.
Around 1,500 refugee children began their studies at 20 Greek schools on Monday. They have been supplied with bags and books and will study various subjects (including the Greek language) for four hours each day. The programme is also running in refugee camps – and is set to expand into other schools in stages.
Unfortunately, at one school, police had to be called as a protest against the programme took place, but the Education Minister, Nikos Filis, said the demonstration was an isolated incident.
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