Around 10,000 refugee children to attend school this month

2 February 2017
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Some 10,000 refugee and migrant children up to the age of 15 will be attending Greek schools by mid-February, according to the Education Ministry, which is also working on a similar plan to provide vocational training to people aged between 15 and 24.

The education projects are being undertaken by the ministry in collaboration with the General Confederation of Greek Labor (GSEE), and universities in Athens and Thessaloniki.

Commenting on a recent survey conducted by Metron Analysis on behalf of Antenna TV which said that 67 percent of those polled approved of the government’s policy on refugee education, the ministry’s general secretary, Yiannis Pantis, said it was a pioneering endeavor on a European scale and that the results “are visible.”

He said that of the 10,000 children that will attend Greek schools, 7,000 are from reception centers and 3,000 live with their families in hotels and apartments rented out by the UNHCR.

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