Displaced children and youth (15-24) living in Athens face considerable challenges to attending public school. Better Days' award-winning flagship project, Gekko, offers personalised, trauma-aware education for young people to pursue quality education in a dignified space. We recognize that the uncertainty of displacement poses significant barriers to learning. Our experienced educators work one-on-one with students to set clear goals and develop step-by-step plans for achieving their dreams.
Dropout rates among displaced youth in Greece are alarming, proving thousands are still unable to access education. Low performance and attendance in Greek public schools can be attributed to systemic discrimination, understaffed classrooms, language barriers, and limited access to essentials like food and transport. Support for displaced youth to attend higher education or access accredited courses is particularly inadequate. Education is key to overcoming the challenges of displacement.
Gekko offers alternative models of education in a trauma-aware environment. We provide personalized plans integrating core academics and counselling support to help students obtain accreditation and expand their prospects. Over 100 places are available for children and youth (ages 15-25), providing a stable and safe environment for students to offload their troubles and fight for their dreams. Gekko is an award-winning model that is proven to have a lasting positive impact for our students.
Our holistic approach to education promotes academic, social, and emotional development. We provide ongoing counselling, tutoring, and access to small student grants to ensure our students are prepared to succeed. As we work to improve students' self-worth, autonomy, and independence, they grow more confident to work towards their goals and realize their dreams. Gekko Studentships provide extended support for students wishing to sit for national exams and attend higher education.