Generation Outside Afghanistan would like to welcome Yousef Khalifa Aleghfeli, an academic researcher from the University of Oxford, who is doing research on the educational resilience of refugee children and youth. Yousef is doing this research to better understand refugee youth's educational journey and their future educational goals. At the same time, Yousef will be helping the centre in our many initiatives, and is happy to give advice to anyone who is thinking about continuing their education after highschool. Generation Outside Afghanistan is the ideal place because we already offer many educational activities and other services to members of our community.
We are also happy to support Yousef's research because it helps us better understand the educational system, the needs and circumstances of our community, and the educational motivation of our new Afghan generation in Europe. The centre is a space that is open for all, and that includes academics who are doing research that is meaningful to us.
For more than 3,500 years, the people of Afghanistan have gathered every year to celebrate Nowruz to mark the arrival of spring. To commemorate this event, we at the Afghan Community Centre of Greece, along with our partners, We Need Books, Generation outside Afghanistan, and Afghans empowered, organized a Nowruz gathering this past Sunday, March 20, for our students, teachers, and the rest of the community. Due to the negative circumstances in Afghanistan that are personally affecting every member of our community, we could not hold a large outdoors event outdoors with everyone. Instead, we had a modest and intimate event at our centre that brought some joy to our members.
The gathering was a welcome event for our community. We cooked together and engaged in fruitful discussions, particularly around our educational programming and the community’s educational needs. One positive outcome of the gathering was a commitment between the Afghan Community Centre of Greece and We Need Books to collaborate on more educational initiatives for our community, such as organizing a tour, once a month, with our students and teachers of the historical areas of Athens to learn about the ancient culture and history of the city.