Refugee Education Initiatives on Chios Island, Greece: Roundtable Discussion

When:22 Sep 2017, 1pm - 2:30pm
Venue:Room 310, Morven Brown Building, UNSW
Who:UNSW Forced Migration Research Network
Forced Migration Greece

The Forced Migration Research Network, UNSW is pleased to host a visit from Nicholas Millet, the co-founder of Refugee Education Chios, on his brief visit to discuss the vital work he is undertaking on Chios Island, Greece. Refugee Education Chios is the largest voluntary run education service for refugee children and youth stuck on Chios Island, Greece. At the most basic level, Refugee Education Chios fulfils a fundamental right of children – to access education. In Chios, children are continually denied access to the formal education system run by the Greek Government and there are no immediate plans to integrate the children arriving into Europe into the local education system. For over one year, Refugee Education Chios has provided a safe space where young people can learn, develop and grow, where their innocence is restored and they can understand what it is to feel like a child or teenager again.

The Roundtable will be chaired by Dr Ruth Balint (School of Humanities and Languages, UNSW), involving discussion on education and integration pathways for refugee children, with particular focus on the current situation on Chios Island, Greece. We welcome engagement from those interested in relevant areas.

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