Thousands of refugee children to receive education in Greece

Prensa Latina —  Thousands of refugee children in Greece will join the public education system from September, said today the local media.

The Greek Ministry of Education outlined a plan, supported by the United Nations Fund for Children (UNICEF) and other international organizations, so that children attend school at shelters for immigrants or nearby public schools.

Refugee children will learn their native languages, English and basic Greek so that they can integrate into the host country.

According to Nikos Filis, minister of Education, Research and Religion, for this reason, 800 teachers of primary and high school levels will be hired, and kindergartens within the camps will be built.

According to a recent research carried out by the non-governmental organization Save the Children, minors have missed classes for a year and half.

According to UNICEF estimates, some 22,000 out of the 54,000 immigrants trapped in Greece are minors.

According to the International Organization for Migration, most immigrants flee from hunger and war in countries of Asia, Africa and the Middle East.