From Lesvos News: The Greek Ombudsman for the Rights of the Child issued a new report about the education of asylum seeker children on north Aegean islands.
The goal was described as the need to support children so they will be prepared to enter the Greek education system, along with improving information and awareness within both schools and the local community.
Meetings were held with children and adolescents in eight shelters for unaccompanied minors, in a primary school, a secondary school, the informal school for refugee children at the open accommodation center of Kara Tepe, and at the Reception and Identification Center in Moria.
Discussions were also held with the Mayor of Mytilene, the Regional Director of Education, school officials, refugee education coordinators and other representatives of institutions and organisations involved in the education of asylum seeker children.
A key problem, according to the report, is the frequent movement of children and their families to different locations, making a stable educational environment difficult to maintain.
Another area that poses challenges is the educational needs of unaccompanied minors aged 15 to 17 years.
Recommendations include the creation of more informal education and language programs and improving access to evening high school courses in order to offer the required educational opportunities to these children.
The visit took place as part of the Ombudsman’s office role in monitoring the rights of refugee and migrant children in Greece, a program supported by UNICEF.