Our project aims to support 45 disadvantaged children and young adults in Crete and mainland Greece. Refugee children confront huge obstacles and challenges to receive the education and support they need to have a better future. COVID-19 is making it even harder. We need your help to provide them with tablets and secure internet connection, allowing them continuity in their study. We also provide online support and language lessons, preparing them and their families for better integration
The Covid-19 pandemic has added further pressure on the most vulnerable people in Greece. Children are paying the highest price: of over 45,000 registered displaced children of school age (4-17 years old) only circa 28% are enrolled in formal education (Unicef). For many, receiving an education now is the only opportunity they will have to improve their lives. Even more destructive is the absence of exposure to their community and support for many children who feel isolated and hopeless.
Crete For Life aims to provide families with infants and school age children with practical support, when this is not supplied by the competent bodies. The current pandemic has closed schools but it has accelerated the use of digital technology. We support children to be online, providing WIFI or data on their family's mobile phone, and ideally provide every child with tablets or small computers. During lockdown, volunteers and teachers provide Greek lessons and a constant online support.
Global refugees issues are complex, but we believe that every child has the right to safety, well being and education. Even more so if they are living in our communities. Learning for displaced children is essential: many of them have never gone to school and might otherwise have no chance of an education. By supporting their online education, these children will also learn and improve the Greek language, and they will facilitate the integration of their own families in their new community
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