Greek and migrant students awarded in national contest


Greek and migrant students awarded in national contest

Author: | 6 June 2019

A collage entry from the 'A Home Away From Home' contest for Greek schools.| Photo: UNHCR

Recently in Greece over 2000 students, from Greek and migrant backgrounds, participated in a competition to express their thoughts on the meaning of home. Over 100 students won prizes in the contest, which was meant to help improve attitudes towards refugees in the country.

The UN Refugee Agency UNHCR announced more than 100 winners of a national contest in Greece for students across the country on the topic of refugees. The contest - "A Home Away From Home" - was the 22nd national student contest on refugees and was held in cooperation with the inter-agency Youth Awareness Committee (YAC). More than 2,000 students, including refugees, participated in the 2018-2019 contest with the valuable support of their teachers.

Children in 140 primary and secondary schools, evening schools, schools for children with disabilities, and reception classes for refugee children worked together or individually on texts, posters, comics, sketches and logos. One of the highlights of the competition was the winning entry, a written composition by Mohammed Saber, a high school student from Iraq who studies at the 1st Vocational High School in Livadia. He wrote (in Greek): "Home is not...Home is not the walls and the floors. Or clothes and toys. Neither is it the rooms and balconies. Or the beds and chairs. It's not even the people, who have cold in their hearts. Home is… Home is in the kind hand that helps you climb the ladder of your dreams. In the words from the heart that help you take each step In the sincere embrace in which you can't let go. In the people who shed a tear of joy for me."  Read more>>>