Covid-19 and the burning of the school’s building
Until March 2020, our school operated with all its power. With the experience of 3 years running, 250 students in 9 classes a day, and 18 dedicated teachers. With over 5,000 children passed through its gates, The International School of Peace was one of the most stable educational frames for refugee children on the island of Lesvos. And then, overnight, everything changed- our school was set on fire, and days after Covid-19 pandemic hit the world and changed our lives completely. The refugee camps on the island went into lockdown, borders were closed, and it seemed as though we will not be able to continue our educational work like we used to.
Activity of the school before the fire
The School’s activity today
Adult Education Program
Before the fire and the outbreak of Covid-19, there were, at any given moment, over 350 men and women from Syria, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Congo and Somalia.
Today the program is running 5 days a week, the students are learning in mother tongue classes, and the teaching is focused on language studies: English and Greek, which are vital for the life of the refugees.
The teachers and coordinators are from the refugee communities.
The Adult Education Program completes our work at the children's school and produces a holistic framework in which there is equal access to language studies for children and adults. The acquisition of a language enables the adult’s return to their role of a guardian and creates opportunities for teachers and parents to function as leaders among their peers and across the society, to narrow the language gap, and to reduce the gap of opportunities.