Po­lice es­cort refugee chil­dren to school

The Myanmar Times - - World -

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. –

Photo: AFP

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.

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