Refugees are often faced with obstacles in their efforts to prove their knowledge with the view to continue their education in their host countries. In Ioannina, western Greece, in the community center “Mikri Poli”, thanks to the efforts of the NGO Second Tree, teenage and adult refugees have the opportunity to attend English language courses and certify their knowledge. Refugee students, who are currently hosted in apartments in the city and the “Agia Eleni” facility, are following regular classes preparing them for the Key English Test (KET), the first series of accredited language tests by Cambridge Institute.
With the view to facilitate such an important initiative, UNHCR, with the support of the European Union Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid, supported recently the English courses by providing 86 manuals based on the KET requirements. Because refugee education is crucial to the peaceful and sustainable development not only of the countries that have welcomed them, but also to their homes when they are able to return.