Gekko Kids is an education hub for refugee children and youth in Athens. Our non-traditional teaching methods, the experience of our staff, and the individualized approach characterizing our work allow our students to improve their educational and employment prospects, obtain accreditation, and assume agency in their lives. We aim to educate 120 students per academic year.
Recent reports observe a concerning degree of dropouts amongst older refugee children, exacerbated by poverty and difficult living conditions. Community censuses reveal the following barriers a) school vs work, b) difficulty in following the curriculum in Greek language, and c) transport. Furthermore, there is little support for students who aim at attending higher education after graduating high school and for refugee youth +18-24yrs.
Considering the difficult living conditions of the population, Gekko Kids Athens will offer a personalised and flexible approach to learning for refugee youth 15-25yrs. Our experienced teaching and special ed. staff will assess and customise educational programs that meet the needs of each student and are reflective of their previous experience and ambitions. We will also offer yearly homework support, access to public transport, and access to training and accreditation in several modules.
Whilst working with students, we provide ongoing counseling, tutoring and access to small student grants. Addressing needs holistically promotes academic, social and emotional development. Working on young people's sense of self-worth, autonomy, and independence, they grow more confident to take the lead in their lives and realise their dreams. Through our studentship program, students get extra support to compete in national Greek exams and attend higher education.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).