International Day of Education


This week, we are highlighting how we Contribute to providing education across the locations where we are active, unlocking the potential of the refugee community.

According to UNESCO:

  • 244 million children and youth are out of school
  • 771 million adults are illiterate 
  • 617 million children and adolescents cannot read and do basic math
  • 4 million children and youth refugees are out of school. 
"Without inclusive, quality education and lifelong opportunities for all, countries will not succeed in breaking the cycle of poverty that is leaving millions of children, youth and adults behind."

Prioritizing education to invest in one's future

It is not easy to focus on education when you find yourself feeling unsure about the future. But for Benjamin, it is a simple necessity and a way to focus on something positive.

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” ~ Nelson Mandela

Thanks to the support of our partners and donors, people like Benjamin can study in the education space on Samos, in order to prepare themselves for what is to come. In 2023, we hope to unlock the potential of even more students in our range of education programs!

Power of community: Teaching fellow Refugees

For Joe education is one of his biggest passions. As one of the Community Volunteers teaching fellow refugees on Samos, he plays a huge role in MOTG’s education program. 

With the help of community teachers like him, students are learning English, Basic Digital skills and much more. This provides access to both in-person and digital classes. 

Building stronger communities start with unlocking the potential of hosted and host community.

A proper classroom!

Throughout 2022, we have made great progress with our education program. Thanks to the donation of laptops by generous donors and our partnership with Kiron, residents of camps on Lesvos, Samos and Chios can now follow online classes at any time. 

But for proper education, a quiet and comfortable space is still a necessity. Especially for in-person classes that enable us to offer properly focused learning. 

MOTG has created proper classrooms on all three islands, for eager students to use every day. With their enthusiasm as inspiration, we can really prioritize education in 2023!

Technical Teams and Vocational Training

“Europe needs more construction workers. Let’s train some!” 

Over the last year, our tech teams have been working hard to improve the camps. Thanks to their efforts, residents could wait for food in the shade, work and study at carefully constructed tables, and socialize in more comfortable, healing spaces. 

However, the Tech Team is about more than just building items. Community Volunteers can learn how to work with advanced machines, learn from senior members of the team, and even receive training from local Greek technical workers. 

Vocational education of this type is crucial and will provide residents with a much better chance of success in the European job market. 

Helping others, helping yourself. 

“Tailoring is a greatly skilled vocation to do, so it’s wonderful that our talented women can continue to practice and strengthen their skills as part of our tailor programme. Whilst they enjoy their afternoons here, they are also providing a really popular and valued service to the resident community, so it’s a win-win” ~ Emily Featherstone, Coordinator MOTG 

Camp residents on Lesvos have very few clothes. The ability to repair and maintain them is therefore more important than ever. 

The women who work in the tailoring space, repair the clothing of fellow camp residents for free. And the women themselves … gain greater skills in tailoring. 

Several of the women have even become teachers for others. In the future, many hope to become tailors. They are helping others for free but investing in themselves through education.

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