Farzaneh and his brother, Amir
Farzaneh is a young girl from Afghanistan. Together with her brother, Amir, their parents and other siblings, she lives in the accommodation centre of Malakasa for almost a year now.
It is a big day for Farzaneh and Amir as they are among the children who will go to the elementary school of the nearby village of Malakasa, in the context of the education programme for refugee and migrant children.
“I’m really happy I will go to school, I can hardly wait!” says Farzaneh, while receiving her school bag a few hours before the school bell. “Neither I nor my brother, Amir, have ever been to school so we are really excited, we’ll make new friends and learn many things”.
Accompanied by their proud dad, Asadullah, the children gather at the entrance of the accommodation centre where the bus and their escorts will pick them up. “I’m very satisfied that my children will finally go to school”, says Asadullah. “I just want them to lead a normal life, like any other kid their age”.
IOM Greece provides buses and escorts for the transportation of refugee and migrant children to the primary and secondary schools, with support from the European Commission – Civil Protection & Humanitarian Aid Operations - ECHO.