#ReadyStudyGo! We have chosen this hashtag for our tribute, to honor the International Day of Education. Starting today, and for the next five days, 5 different stories will unfold through SolidarityNow’s website and social media. This hashtag encompasses what we do as an organization: we provide access to education for all, we strengthen skills and talents, we provide the necessary tools to people as to empower them to claim their own life. This is because education is one of the fundamental human rights. And at SolidarityNow, education is at the heart of all our programs.
Children, adolescents and adults due to war, forced displacement, illness and social and racial stereotypes, economic and humanitarian crisis have been deprived of their right to education. Open and equal quality education and lifelong opportunities for all, this must be our primary concern to finally break this vicious circle that leaves people spiritually poor.
On the occasion of the International Day of Education, which is celebrated on the 24th of January, SolidarityNow introduces us Kamel, M., Mahram, Said and Abdo, who had the will, the dream and the faith to continue their studies.
“I was eager to grab every opportunity, in order to improve myself and my skills, so I applied and won the scholarship at Perrotis College”, points out 26-year-old Kamel from Syria.
The 25-year-old M. from Africa applied and got accepted in the postgraduate program LLM in Transnational and European Commercial Law, Banking Law, in the International Hellenic University in Thessaloniki. “But I did it, because I have always had a positive attitude towards life and I have honestly believed that everything would be fine”, he says.
19-year-old Mahram from Afghanistan is registered at a night school. “I do not know if I am the best student, but I’m doing my best. I want to find work and go to the University. And if I get good grades, I want to study medicine!”, he states.
“Aphrodite, my social worker, helped me a lot. I told her that I want to learn Greek and helped with the courses offered by the University“, says 26-year-old Said from Syria, who attends Greek courses at the Modern Greek Language School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.
20-year-old Abdo, stays at the Youth Shelter, operated by the organization and studies computer science because he loves computers. And he just can’t stop talking about it because: “The main reason that makes me happy is my studies!”
Education is the real answer to poverty, racism, gender discrimination and it leads to integration and empowerment. SolidarityNow makes the next steps; one towards refugees’ and migrants’ social inclusion into Greek society and the other by creating opportunities and strengthening the skills for all vulnerable people by providing free access to specialized knowledge.
In the framework of the lifelong learning program entitled “Education Matters”, implemented by SolidarityNow since December 2017, the organization adapts actions that respond to the participants’ everyday needs and enhance their skills set as one of its objectives, access to labor market.
During the last year (2017-2018), indicatively 5,900 educational activities were carried out in the framework of the accommodation program and 2,000 lessons were provided to adults and children in the Blue Refugee Center in Thessaloniki.
#ReadyStudyGo introduces to us Kamel, Mahram, Said, M, Abdo.
These are their stories!