Refugee students happy to be back at school on Greek islands

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Friday, June 26, 2020
Refugee students happy to be back at school on Greek islands

Author: Ewan Watt | theirworld.org | 26 June 2020

Non-formal education centres for children and youth living in overcrowded camps had been closed since March because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Refugee children have returned to classrooms on the Greek Aegean Islands after weeks of school closures caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Greece shut down the public school system in March, which meant non-formal education centres also had to call a halt to lessons. The centres are run by local organisations, many of them in partnership with the UN agencies UNHCR and UNICEF. 

Most are outside the islands' crowded refugee camps, which are home to more than 10,000 school-age children. So the school closures meant children were confined inside the camps for weeks. 

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