There are currently about 79 million refugees in the world, about 40% of them under the age of 18. Most of these children did not have an opportunity to study at school and access education, and some do not even know how to write their own name or count to ten. Around the world this generation is often called "The Lost Generation” but those children are willing and inquisitive, thirsty for childhood experiences and a human connection, they dream of a good life in their homeland, and about what they will do when they grow up. They want to love and be proud of themselves and their families.
They long for hope.
This generation is not lost. It is our future generation, the future leaders of their communities, and of the world. As such, our students deserve a well-rounded and comprehensive education, while also offering preparation for the European cultures that they might encounter in the future, while creating an inclusive atmosphere for all the cultures that exist in the school..
When this premise exists, then every student and teacher has the confidence that they are being seen as a fellow human being, that there is a place for them, a place where they can express their identity. This new reality slowly replaces the survival mindset that everyone enters when they first arrive on the island.
Instead of reiterating the refugee reality in which there is no expression of the students’ identity, the school chooses to recognize and honor their cultures and create encounters between new cultures.
This approach returns the power and control to the hands of the community, opens the possibility for the teachers and youth to embrace their place as leaders and inspirational motivators among their peers, and makes it possible for children to be children and for parents to return to their place as heads of the families. School is a home for the community.
On every holiday of the different religions the school celebrates together with songs and dances from all the cultures. At the school we always welcome men and women of the community to be part of the school, to get advice and receive help.
We believe that learning is not about sitting in the classroom in front of a board. In order to learn, we also have to get out of the classroom: experience and experiment together – work in the garden, play during the break, and build projects with new friends, play team sports, learn how to work together in a group, and what happens if we fight, if you don't agree with each other, and if one doesn't get what he or she wants.
Learning in the school is a holistic experience, we are trying to touch every aspect of the lives of our students, and provide the best tools and space to practice and study them.