Around 1500 migrant and refugee children living in camps in Greece began attending school yesterday, for four hours in the afternoon, taking place after regular classes by Greek children, the Euro News website reports today (October 11, 2016).
Lessons include Greek, English, math, art, gym, and computer programming. The scheme is being funded by the EU (European Union) and supported by aid agencies.
The migrant children will eventually be integrated into Greek children's classrooms when they have learned the Greek language and can comfortably follow lessons.
The first day ran smoothly except for Thessaloniki in northern Greece's Macedonia province, where some parents protested over health fears. However, the government reassured parents that the refugee children must be vaccinated before attending classes.