Schools for All

The HOME Project, in collaboration with the Greek Ministry of Education

Greece

Evidence of results

Purpose related to Let's Care

Level of Education

PrimarySecondary

Pillars

Safe Schools

Brief description of the Project

Duration

2016-Currently

Scope

National

Funds

Public, funded by the non-profit organisation "The HOME Project", which is its main sponsor. This organisation raises funds through donations from individuals, companies and foundations that support its mission to help refugee children in Greece

Objectives

Providing free and accessible education to refugee children who had come to Greece fleeing conflict and crisis in their home countries.

Methodology

The teaching methodology of the School for All project is based on a participatory and problem-oriented approach. Volunteer teachers are trained to adapt their teaching to the needs and abilities of each student, and use a variety of teaching techniques, including educational games, hands-on activities, group discussions and collaborative projects.

In addition, the project focuses on social and emotional learning, and encourages the development of social and emotional skills in students, such as empathy, conflict resolution and group cooperation. Students also receive emotional and psychological support from teachers and other project staff, which helps them cope with the trauma and stress related to migration and displacement.

Overall, School for All's methodology is based on providing students with a safe and supportive environment and tailoring teaching to their individual needs and abilities, with the aim of helping them develop their full potential and achieve a better future.

Type of Action

Active methodologies (gamification etc.)Emotional and psychological supportEstablishment of classrooms in refugee campsSchool reinforcement

Target Group and Determinants attended

FamiliesStudents (Refugees)

Professionals involved

EducatorsPsychologistsPsychologists and counsellorVolunteer teachers

Networking - Actors and Institutions mobilised by the Project

Government (Greek Ministry of Education and the European Union)Local authoritiesNGOs or third sector organisations

Enablers

The School for All project has relied on several facilitators to ensure its success and maximise its positive impact. Firstly, committed volunteers have been instrumental in creating a safe and welcoming educational environment for refugee students. In addition, the highly trained professionals who teach the classes and provide emotional and social support to the students have been vital to their well-being and development. Funding and resources provided by local and international organisations, including the Greek Ministry of Education, UNICEF, Save the Children and the European Union, have been essential to ensure the sustainability of the project and enable it to access the necessary materials and resources. Finally, strategic partnerships with other organisations have broadened the scope of the project and provided access to additional resources and expertise.

Barriers

Despite its achievements, the School for All project has faced several barriers. One of the main barriers has been the lack of sufficient funding, which has limited its ability to provide education and support to a larger number of refugee students. In addition, the lack of adequate educational resources and lack of trained staff has been a challenge in teaching children who speak different languages and have different levels of education. Lack of access to adequate and safe facilities has also been a barrier in providing education and support to students. Finally, the lack of political and social stability in Greece has been a source of uncertainty and has affected the project's ability to plan and ensure its long-term sustainability.

Grade of linkage with the Safe Education Model

It is not explicitly stated in the available information whether the School for All project works specifically on bonding and attachment development in the classroom. However, it is mentioned that volunteer professionals working on the project provide emotional and social support to refugee students, suggesting that work is being done on students' emotional wellbeing and on building secure and caring relationships

Grade of linkage with the purpose of Let's Care

The School for All programme has a strong link to the fight against school failure and dropout, as its main objective is to provide education and support to refugee students who might otherwise be at risk of not having access to education. The programme offers a variety of activities and resources that support students' learning, including language classes, academic and emotional counselling, and extracurricular activities. By providing refugee students with a safe and welcoming educational environment, the School for All programme helps prevent school failure and dropout, and contributes to fostering students' academic success and personal fulfilment. In addition, by providing education and support, the School for All programme helps prepare students for a successful and independent adult life.

Grade of evidence about impact and political relevance

Since its inception in 2016, the programme has provided education and support to hundreds of refugee children in Greece, helping to prevent school failure and dropout and contributing to the students' well-being and social integration. In addition, the programme has had a positive impact on the local community and has fostered solidarity and empathy between Greek citizens and refugees.
The School for All programme has had significant political relevance, highlighting the need to provide education and support for refugees and migrants in Europe and around the world. The situation of refugees and migrants has become a hot political topic in recent years, and the School for All programme is an example of how civil society can intervene to address the challenges faced by these groups.
The School for All programme has received support from a number of European organisations and governments, indicating that there is political interest in addressing the educational and social challenges faced by refugees and migrants. Furthermore, the success of the programme has led to its expansion to other parts of Greece and other countries in Europe, demonstrating that education can play a key role in the integration and well-being of refugees and migrants.

Grade of evidence about impact - Project deliverables

Reproducibility

The School for All programme can be replicated in other settings, as long as the particularities and specific needs of each context are taken into account. While the programme has been developed in the specific context of Greece and to address the needs of refugee children in that country, the principles and methodology used in the programme can be adapted to other settings and contexts.

Outcomes

Inclusion, refugees, solidarity

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