We all have a story to share!
Without realizing it most of the time, other people’s stories play a vital role in our decisions or in the path we choose, and the people whose stories have influenced us could be considered as mentors. Mentors are not teachers and are not going to tell us what is wrong or right; they are people who before us have been in the same or a relevant situation, which they managed efficiently and emerged victorious.
In the light of the above mentioned, we observe that there are more and more difficulties faced by young people of migrant or refugee background, which prompt many of them to drop out of formal education or vocational education and enter the labor market to meet their living needs. Through the Mentoring activity “Education4All” of the project Equality works, which is being implemented under the Active citizens fund program, Generation 2.0 RED wishes to reinforce and support the value of education and highlight the vital role it plays in shaping young people’s future.
On Saturday December 5, we carried out the first stage of the “Education4All” action, which is the training of the mentors, of unaccompanied minors in their educational course. During an all-day training, the future mentors were informed on their role, shared their stories, learnt about the different mentoring aspects as well as about the context and circumstances that push young people to leave their homelands and seek opportunities elsewhere.
“I remember when I was at the 3rd grade of high school…,Ι did everything blindly, wishing to have by my side someone who had been through the same, to share their opinion on the steps I made. I hope and want, through “Education4All”, to become for someone else, the person I wanted to have by my side” a mentor mentioned us based on her own experience, highlighting, also, the difficulties that children of diverse ethnic backgrounds face.
«The project “Equality Works” is being implemented under the Active citizens fund program, by Generation 2.0 for Rights, Equality & Diversity.
The Active citizens fund in Greece is supported through a € 12m grant from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway as part of the EEA Grants 2014 – 2021. The program aims to develop the sustainability and capacity of the civil society sector in Greece, and to strengthen its role in promoting and safeguarding democratic procedures, active citizenship and human rights. The Fund Operator for the Active citizens fund in Greece is Bodossaki Foundation in consortium with SolidarityNow.»
For more information: www.activecitizensfund.gr