"The ideal school should be like a community, like a small village!"
Patrick and Daniel express their creativity through the courses at the Homework and Creative Activities Center of DRC Greece and are inspired for the future.
Daniel* and Patrick* are brothers and live in an accommodation facility in Attica with their father. They came to Greece a few months ago and say that they really like school, as well as all the activities that help them learn and develop.
"Learning is always the best," says Daniel, while his older brother adds: "At first it's always hard to learn something new, but by putting in the effort, little by little, everything becomes easier."
The two brothers visit the DRC Greece Homework and Creative Activities Center every day in the open accommodation facility where they live, which operates within the framework of the "All Children in Education"** program, implemented with the support of UNICEF and co-funded by the European Union .
Daniel has already dreamt of his future:
"I want to be a scientist! I like science and I want to discover something great!” He continues: "I intend to make something good for the whole world and I won't be afraid to try it if a crazy idea comes to me!"
Patrick, Daniel's brother, writes music and sings, he is interested in the arts as well as football, and he would like to have more opportunities at school to do what he likes.
In the Homework and Creative Activities Centers, children from 4 to 17 years old can participate in school support, Greek, English and science courses, as well as creative educational and psychosocial activities. Through an interdisciplinary approach and experiential activities, children can learn and create, but also discover their inclinations and interests.
Daniel and Patrick participate in various activities and classes at the center - but the robotics workshop is their favorite. Within a few weeks, Daniel built a small robot and Patrick finished a video for the song he wrote about children's rights. As Daniel explained, a small robot takes a few days to build, a medium one maybe 2 to 3 weeks, while a huge robot will require more effort.
While discussing the above activities, the children thought of many ideas about how they would like the ideal school to be:
“It would have brave teachers with patience and respect towards the students!” says Patrick, adding: “A big yard and facilities for sports activities! It would also have dance lessons!”
Daniel adds: "It would have very large spaces and paintings on the walls, a large laboratory with everything necessary to help us learn! It would definitely be green and it would have a garden with various plants!”
"We want more children in school" concludes Daniel. "Schools should be like a community, like a small village!"
* Children's names in this article have been changed for protection reasons.
**The "All Children in Education" program is implemented by DRC Greece with the support of UNICEF Greece and co-funding by the European Union.