“I want to learn everything! Writing, reading, drawing, everything!” says 12-year-old Rama from Syria, who is now staying with her family at the Accommodation Centre for Refugees in Trikala, Greece.
Fleeing Aleppo, nine months ago, was a hard decision for her mother, Fatima. “I promised my children that they will have a better future and that they will go to school again in Europe” she says.
Sundos, her 9-year-old daughter, noticeably impatient and excited, jumps in our conversation too: “I want to learn many languages! I’m so happy to go to school and I want to play with my Greek friends.”
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 including 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.