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Integration of Refugee Children in Greek Schools: About the project

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A national project in Greece supported by the EEA Grants and conducted by The European Wergeland Centre (EWC) under the auspices of the Hellenic Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs and in cooperation with the Institute of Educational Policy. It will start in the school year 2019-2020 and involve 150 secondary schools by 2022. The main objective of the project is that refugee children are integrated in Greek schools that are safe and inclusive for all. In order to achieve this, EWC will offer training and mentoring to school directors and teachers in 150 secondary schools with refugee pupils. 

For almost a decade, Greece has been dealing with many multi-leveled and severe challenges since the onset of the ongoing financial crisis, with the influx of refugees being the most recent one. Greek schools struggle with issues connected to these challenges daily. A big number of refugee children have spent a long time away from home and as a result away from school. It is Greece’s obligation to provide the opportunity to these children to re-join education or to attend school for the first time.

EWC’s project addresses a particular gap in the provision of education to refugee children. Even though legal and structural provisions are in place, there is not always the necessary support for all the schools where refugee children are enrolled once they are there. There is limited training, practical guides or good practices offered to schools on how to manage the situation, which may cause tensions and conflicts in the classroom, in the school environment, with parents and the local community.

Through the project school directors and teachers are trained to create safe and inclusive schools and classrooms where refugees are welcomed into a learning environment which aims to provide quality education to all. The training aims to equip school directors and teachers with the tools, competence and confidence to manage controversy and deal with issues concerning intolerance, discrimination, racism and hate speech in school and the local community.
Throughout the school year, school teams of school heads, teachers and parents’ representatives are trained and mentored by experienced trainers trained through the project. The whole school are involved in school activities and workshops.

For: School leaders, teachers, pupils and parents from 150 Greek secondary schools.

Language: Greek

Organized by: The European Wergeland Centre

Partners: The Hellenic Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs, Institute for Education Policy, Sol Crowe/Human Rights 360

Funded by: The EEA/Norway Grants

EWC project manager: Lars M. Gudmundson

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Lars M. Gudmundson

Deputy Director
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Lars Gudmundson is responsible for the EWCs capacity building programmes and projects. He coordinates the Centre’s activities in line with the strategic priorities of the EWC Board and the policies of the Council of Europe and Norway.

Gudmundson has extensive experience in educational policy-making from working on several white papers, strategy plans and other policy documents for the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research. He was project manager for the Ministry’s project aiming to coordinate and revise all online information channels and resources for the national education authorities. Mr. Gudmundson has also acted as secretary for the government expert committee which suggested a new legal objective for the educational system in Norway, writing the expert report to the Parliament. As adviser for the Norwegian Directorate for Education and Training, Gudmundson was responsible for coordinating cross-curricular issues in the development of the new national curriculum in Norway for primary through secondary school including vocational schools.

Gudmundson has also worked in publishing, and holds a Master's degree in political science and history of ideas from the University of Oslo, Norway. He has been part of the EWC since 2009.

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Dora Katsamori

Project Coordinator
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Dora Katsamori is project coordinator of the programme 'Integration of Refugee Children in Greek Schools'. She has a long experience as project officer and administrative personnel at the II&T of NCSR 'Demokritos' and has participated as coordinator and researcher in Erasmus+ programs of the University of the Peloponnese. She is currently a PhD candidate at the Department of Social and Educational Policy at the University of the Peloponnese in the field of citizenship education and social disadvantaged groups of people with focus in prison education. She holds a BA in Political Science and Public Administration from the University of Athens, where she was specialized in the field of International and European Studies, a Master degree in Social Discrimination, Migration and Citizenship from the University of the Peloponnese and a diploma in Consulting and Professional Orientation from ASPETE. She also holds a teaching certification and she is a certified adult educator of non-formal education. 

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