Police escort refugee children to school
POLICE in a northern Greek village escorted refugee children to school, as local parents protested the launch of a national program to educate migrant youngsters.
Around 100 police formed a corridor to enable some 40 puzzled children from Syria and Afghanistan to enter the school at Profitis, a village north of Thessaloniki.
A similar number of parents – who had earlier padlocked the school gate – waved Greek flags and hurled insults at local education authorities.
Some 1500 refugee children attended classes in some 20 schools nationwide on October 10, the first day of an education initiative set to include thousands of minors from war-torn regions.
The education ministry said refugee children received an “enthusiastic” welcome from parents and pupils at most other schools.
Eventually over 10,000 children are to be part of the program by the end of the month. The Greek government had initially said it would enrol some 18,000 migrant children in schools from the end of September.
But last month parents in Oreokastro, a district near Thessaloniki, said they would not allow refugee children in their schools for health reasons, a stance condemned by the government. –
Refugee children walk to a primary school next to protesting residents who locked its main gate, in Profitis, 40 kilometres east of Thessaloniki, on October 10.