3rd Educational Program for Syrian Refugees Children
MOHA Research Center organized the “3rd Educational Program for Syrian Refugees Children” for forty children aged 12 to 22 years old which lasted from 12-10-2016 till 15-12-2016. During this time, thirty 3-hour sessions have been carried out. The courses took place in the Conference Hall in Imaret hotel.
The main objectives of the program were:
- to strengthen children’s ability to speak and perform in Greek and English language
- to enhance children’s socialization
- to help children discover the city of Kavala itself through activities in the town
- to teach specific vocabulary concerning identity, family and friends, months and days, jobs, town and signs
- to encourage them make a basic conversation, get instructions or express their feelings and ideas in Greek or English language
Regarding MOHA’s schedule each week:
The first day was dedicated to Greek language lessons. The instructors were Mpotsi Evanthia, Georgia Tzelepi and Eleni Karamanlidou. Some of the children had already attended the previous MOHA’s Educational Programs, while others came for first time.
The second day, English lessons were taken place with the instructors Anastasia Hatzivasilaki, Eleni Karamanlidou and Mary Orgianopoulou. This class was divided in three groups depending on children’s language level. Each teacher conducted specific lessons in each of the classrooms.
The third day was dedicated to the social activity day. Some of the activities were visiting to The Castle of Kavala, the Mohammed Ali Museum, the Halil Bey Medrese, the Major House, the Archaeological Museum of Kavala and the Archaeological Site of Philippi. Also they visited an exhibition to the Tobacco Ware House with the title «The most important inventions and musical instruments of the ancient Greeks» and the Alpha Radio Station. Therefore, MOHA cooperated with local entities such as “The Red Cross” which held a briefing regarding the hygiene rules and the “TREFPUNKT” German women Club where cooking lessons conducted with Syrian mothers from the camp. Finally, music-guitar lessons took place under the instructions of Alexandros Parissidis.
MOHA’s Educational Program was fulfilled with the support of INTERSOS and UNHCR (The UN Refugee Agency) and the valuable help of volunteer teachers.
2nd Educational Program for Syrian Refugees Children
The Research Center MOHA organized the “2nd Educational program for Syrian refugee children” aged 12 to 20 years which lasted from 13-09-2016 till 29-09-2016. During this time seven 3-hour sessions have been carried out. The main objective of the program was the literacy of Syrian children in greek language, as well as their socialization and smooth integration into the greek society via language game-activities.
More specifically, some of the main goals were achieved through the program include:
- Teaching of greek alphabet - Learning of every day expressions
- Appreciation of the refugees’ journey from their country and acknowledgement of their current position
- Capability of the trainees to move through the town and serve their basic daily needs
- Learning the days of the week, numbers, variety of foodstuffs, face and body, etc.
Part of the session aimed at socialization of the refugees through recreational activities such as greek songs, literacy games and pantomime. The material that was used, was based on specialized manuals focused on Greek as a second language.
The aim of this educational project was to familiarize refugees with basic greek words that would help them move easily in a Greek city and feel part of the society protected from marginalization.
MOHA’s program was fulfilled by the leader of the project Mpotsi Εvanthia, teacher-filologist.
1st Educational Program for Syrian Refugees Children
The program was designed for the literacy of children refugees from Syria. The duration was about 4 weeks, 10 meetings, from 17/08/2016 to 09/09/2016. The Research Center MOHA undertook the communication with Syrian parents who live in the camp of Kavala, conveyed and fed children and the courses took place in the conference hall in Imaret hotel.
Objectives of the Program:
- teaching of Greek, Arabic, English and mathematics through interdisciplinary and experiential approaches with the use of literature and Aesthetic Education (Visual Arts, Music and Theatre Education)
- development of pupils the capacity of communication in different cultural contexts through Aesthetic Education
- exploring the teaching - learning opportunities through cooperative learning & integration of children in the Greek educational system
- creating a friendly and safe learning environment in which Syrians parents can trust their children
- parental involvement and networking program with the Syrian society and the local and wider environment.
The program was based on a holistic approach to language (whole language approach). The tales used were the Aesop's Fables from the website: http://www.bedtimestoriescollection.com/ and the Kalila Wa Dimna from the website: http://muslimheritage.com/article/kalila-wa-dimna. Other tales which were also used were: "H gata koumpara" and "H Mary Pineza" written by E. Tressou and S Mitakidou.
Children were divided in three groups depending on their age, children 5-7, 7-12 and 12-14 years. The program involved more than 20 volunteers from primary and secondary school teachers and other specialists (engineers, foresters, police, etc.), who showed passion and enthusiasm and helped the education of 40 children refugees from Syria. Also parents volunteers from Syria participated in the program and two Syrians who knew English played the role of translator. Within the trainee were 9 children which were not staying inside the camp, but were accommodated in houses of Kavala and Karvali.
MOHA’s educational project was fulfilled by the teacher Thomi Kartsiotou, as the leader of the project. MOHA’s Executive Board would like to thank all the volunteers for their support to this program who are mentioned below: Vasiliki Rapti, Ioanna Milona, Spiros Dimitriadis, Niki Theodosiou, Fotini Mihalaki, Anastasia Grigoriadou, Lefteris Baltzidis, Voula Kagiasa, Maria Soulidu, Georgia Tzelepi, Evanthia Mpotsi, Tarsi Christodoulou, Nikoletta Stafidou, Istatiadou Athina, Zafeiroula Mouriadou, Alexandros Parissidis, Dimitris Tzoumas, Valentina Magaliou, Christos Paschalousis, Aimilia Nycha, Pantelis Aslanidis, Parthena Ioannidou. MOHA feels obliged to express its’ sincere thanks to all of the Syrian volunteers for their great cooperation and help.