The process of integration into a society with different manners, customs, and norms from the country of origin of a refugee and / or asylum seeker goes through various stages, is multifaceted, long-term and ultimately aims to empower the individual to experience a harmonious life, free of barriers and restrictions, like any other citizen of the destination country. Education undoubtedly plays a key role in the process of integration and empowerment of the individual. By education we mean all activities that include learning the local language, the cultural background of the country of residence, and finally engaging with the general culture of life of locals.
In this context, for months now, three organizations have been joining forces to provide an important - humanitarian above all - service for the integration and empowerment of refugees and asylum seekers through education. Specifically, Generation outside of Afghanistan, Afghans Empowered, and the Community of Afghan Refugees and Immigrants in Greece, are highlighting the primary importance of education in the smooth and harmonious integration of each person into society as a whole, because education is a key lever for further empowerment of the individual.
In particular, students are learning Greek and English in classrooms where all prescribed health protocols against the pandemic are meticulously observed. This means they develop a common code of communication with the locals and with the rest of the world community, they expand their spiritual horizons, and inevitably evolve into carriers of principles and values of another way of life. All 3 organizations combine their role with other activities, an element that inevitably leads to cooperation with other groups with which they have a common starting point and goal.
However, apart from the education lessons, an important aspect of the educational process is the encouragement of the beneficiaries to tell their story through written and / or oral speech. When we say history, we mean their personal experiences that constitute the book of their lives imprinted not only in their language but with the ultimate goal of making all humanity a part of this journey – a journey that often brought life very close to death.
The call made through this announcement is therefore open and permanent to all who wish to become a link in this chain of giving, perceive solidarity as an active way of life, and appreciate that life itself can only be empowered through education and therefore have no choice but to join this dynamic network.
Afghans Empowered; Afghan M&R Community of Greece; Generation Outside Afghanistan.
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