In the beginning of 2020, we successfully continued our Child Friendly Space activities for 1-4 and 5-12 year old children at Agia Eleni accommodation facility on daily basis. The activities included recreational and non-formal educational games and workshops such as arts and crafts, sports games, indoor table and group games that would promote skill and knowledge development and encourage positive behavior in the children.
Our volunteers would also follow the children’s behavior, tackle and report any issues in order to improve the general psychological well being of the children. These activities were done in collaboration with Intersos Hellas.
In addition, under collaboration with Intersos Hellas, Solidarity Now and with the support of UNHCR, we opened a School of Origins for Arabic speaking people in Ioannina. Two Arabic speaking volunteer teachers held language education classes for children and young people twice a week.
The above mentioned activities were stopped during each national and local lockdown due to the Covid-19 situation.
In October 2020, we started daily non-formal education activities for 12-18 year old unaccompanied asylum seeker teenagers at accommodation facility Agios Athanasios. These activities are complimentary to formal education and they cover various topics such as sports education, creativity and arts, geography, intercultural learning and cultural expression, emotional intelligence, human rights, diversity, natural environment and protection and others.
These activities were supported by local and European Solidarity Corps volunteers.