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.
In addition, Youth Center of Epirus in collaboration with Intersos Hellas, Solidarity Now and with the support of UNHCR opened a School of Origins for Arabic speaking people in Ioannina, in the premises of the Youth Center of Epirus. Two Arabic speaking volunteer teachers held language education classes for children and young people twice a week.
The CFS activity is carried out in cooperation with Intersos Hellas and is supported by a team of YCE local and international ESC volunteers. All volunteers pass several mandatory training activities before joining the activity.
During the lockdown, for safety reasons the activities of CFS were temporarily stopped and they were restarted in July 2020.