Press Release by Second Chance School of Mytilene: Erasmus+
“The refugee crisis may not be obligatory for everyone, but it has to be dealt with”.
That is the motto of the Italian authorities in Rimini, on how to manage the refugee crisis. The vice principal, Theodoros Sentas, and the adult educators Chiou Michalitsa, Arnaouti Efstratia and Karakla Myrsini visited Rimini, Italy, from 19th November to 26th November, in the context of the Erasmus Program: “Further training of educators of adults in a multicultural reality: Τhe School of Second Chance in Mytilene”.
The school representatives visited a similar adult training language centre in Rimini, where they had the chance to notice the similarities with the Second Chance School in Mytilene. They also gained information that will help our school improve its own practices and techniques.
The educators received a warm welcome by the Mayor of the city of Rimini. Moreover, they were shown to an Employment Centre, where they were informed on the refugee management tactics, when it comes to finding a job.
The participants noted as keyword material for dealing with refugee issues the concepts of volunteering, social work, social responsibility, follow-up activities for vulnerable groups, and help provision by the local church community.
In addition, an Italian researcher of the refugee crisis provided an analysis of the extent of the problem in Italy, as well as the manners the authorities have chosen to address it. Our team noted that, although the extent of the problem is irrespectively large – in comparison- on the island of Lesvos, many of the educational (or not) proposals are really interesting and applicable as well.
The Second Chance School of Mytilene has a deep understanding of the challenge that emerges in the Adult Education field in Lesvos, both for locals and immigrants. We move on, providing further educational opportunities, by sending more educators to the United Kingdom, to update our methods and techniques, and by providing help to those in need, inside and outside of the School.
We would also like to thank the coordinator of our visit in Italy, Vasiliki Karagkouni, in public, for all the help and great cooperation that we had.
For more information, visit: http://sde-lesvou.les.sch.gr/autosch/joomla15/