The ongoing financial crisis and the influx of refugees are two major issues which have repercussions for the whole Greek society. Greek schools face these challenges on a daily basis. As thousands of refugee children are placed in ordinary Greek schools, support is needed for school leaders, teachers and others in the school community.
EWC has been working with the Greek Ministry of Education to design a national capacity building programme on good governance and democratic practices. The aim of the programme is to support school leaders and teachers to develop the competence and confidence to integrate refugee children in their schools in a democratic and human rights based way. It is important to be able to deal with controversial issues and conflicts that may arise and to facilitate an inclusive school environment to prevent situations of intolerance, racism, hate speech and violent conflicts in their everyday educational practice.
The 3-year programme is approved as a pre-defined programme under the new cycle of the EEA Grants programme for Greece, and will start in 2018.
The programme will provide a training-of-trainers to establish a network of national trainers in Greece. In turn, these national trainers will work with local authorities and schools throughout the school year, offering workshops and mentoring. The programme will based on relevant learning materials from the Council of Europe and others, which is available in Greek.