Refugee children on Kos island return to the classroom

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KEDU (Kos Education) is a non-formal school run on Kos island by UNHCR’s partner ARSIS – Association for the Social Support of Youth. Since April 2018, when it opened with funds from the European Commission, KEDU has ensured access to classes for children living at the Pyli Reception and Identification Centre (RIC).

The school, located in a reconstructed building near the Pyli RIC, provides lessons in three classrooms for dozens of children aged between seven and 18 years old – one third of them are girls. Almost 400 youngsters have passed through its portals since the facility opened. KEDU fills the important gap between children arriving on Kos island, either with their family or travelling on their own, until they are registered at a state-run school.