RefugeeEd works with local organisations in Greece and experienced teachers, to ensure children and adults fleeing violence have access to a good education.
- We partner with local education organisations, mostly based in Greece.
- We match organisations with education specialists who provide training and mentoring, and with teaching volunteers.
- We offer free resources, training programmes and webinars to support teachers working in the refugee context.
- We build collaboration between local organisations to share knowledge and good practice.
We are an entirely volunteer-led organisation with a Board of Trustees who oversee the governance, finance and fundraising for the charity. Many of our trustees have an education or charity background, using their expertise to drive forward refugeeEd's work.
Why do we need this funding?
The Covid-19 pandemic has posed a huge threat to the 75,000 refugees stuck in camps in Greece. The situation since Covid-19 has made it harder for people to access support and education and we have responded by providing workshops and webinars by education specialists online. In addition, many fundraising events and initiatives we had organised this year have had to be cancelled or postponed due to the pandemic. This has had a detrimental impact on our funding, and we know the next 6-12 months look uncertain.
Central to refugeeEd's work is our Field Coordinator. They are based in Greece and build relationships with organisations on the ground, driving forward vital education work, creating resources used by organisations to teach refugees and organising workshops on a range of education topics. The role is voluntary and refugeeEd offers a small monthly stipend to contribute to their living costs.
During these particularly challenging times for refugees, we are always looking for sustainable and effective ways to best support refugee education. As an example, our Field Coordinator is currently working on a new initiative to provide refugeeEd's specialist training and education support to camp residents who are already teaching members of their community.
Since we were established as a UK charity in 2018, our work has benefited 4,500 refugee children and adults through:
- Partnering with 50 local education organisations
- Matching 38 education specialists with organisations
- Holding 4 Greece-wide training programmes and 9 webinars
- Regular Educators' Meetups for teachers to share knowledge and ideas
We urgently need funds to ensure we can continue our Field Coordinator role and our education support out in Greece. We have adapted quickly as an organisation during the pandemic to continue to support refugee education, and we know the next year will be very challenging.
Your support is needed now more than ever.
The RefugeeEd Team