Teaching Modern Greek to refugees
- Professor Anna Panayotou – Triantaphyllopoulou, Director of the School of Modern Greek, University of Cyprus
- Ms. Iro Tzima, MA, Secretary of the School of Modern Greek, University of Cyprus
Email: [email protected]
Introduction to the project
The project started in 1998 and is integrated into the School of Modern Greek.
The School of Modern Greek at the University of Cyprus aims at teaching Greek. Greek civilization courses are comprised within the lengthier course programs, and are offered to all students from the beginner level. They further address cultural and social issues of Modern Greek society.
The overall objective of the project is the integration of refugees in the host community through the learning of the Modern Greek language.
Scholarships to up to three (3) refugees in each course.
Main activities of the Good Practice
Learning of Modern Greek language and making it accessible to refugees has the following aims:
- Refugee-self reliance
- Local integration, social cohesion and inclusion
Results of the Good Practice
- Learning Modern Greek is useful to refugees in their everyday lives and is a necessary skill in finding a job in the host country.
- It further helps with inclusion and cohesion within the host community (building connections and understanding the background of the community that hosts them).
For the host community:
- The interaction between the host community and refugees has helped towards the development of a friendlier environment for all.