“I played the drums today with the musicians and I sang two songs! I really liked the musicians that played the trumpet. When I grow up I want to be a musician too, I want to be a conductor!”, says 12-year-old Joan from Syria, waving his hands around like a real conductor in front of his orchestra.
“I go to the greek school and I like it very much. Today we played music and it was so beautiful”, he says full of joy. We met him at the Accommodation Centre for Refugees at Lavrio, Attiki on the day when the Athens State Orchestra and its musicians organised a workshop on musical instruments and music genres.
The International Organization for Migration (IOM), thanks to European Commission funding, is ensuring the safe transportation of pupils from the Accommodation Centers to schools and has equipped them with school kits, notebooks, pens, pencils and other necessary school material. The education program is part of the “Multi-sectoral assistance to and protection of migrants and refugees stranded in Greece” scheme.