The programs that Project Philoxenia strive to implement in the Child Friendly Space at Lagkadikia, aim to support the holistic development of the refugee children. These programs include:
• The Psychosocial Program
The Psychosocial program is a supportive and nurturing program aimed at helping refugee children overcome the trauma and psychological distress caused by crisis and conflict. Children will participate in activities and games designed to improve their pyschosocial well-being and equip them with strategies to cope within their Liminal Space.
For further information about this program, click on the Liminal Space link here.
• The Creative Arts Program
The Creative Arts program aims to provide activities that promote healthy forms of creative expression, through structured Music, Art, Dance and Poetry lessons. The program will be based on the successful Creative Arts Program produced by I AM You, a non profit organisation.
The Expressive Arts Program will be important in helping the refugee children at Lagkadikia, not only process and deal with the traumatic experiences they have endured, but it will give the children an opportunity to showcase their creative talents.
• The Health and Safety Program
The Health and Safety program will consist of lessons and activities designed to educate refugee children on topics such as good hygiene practices, healthy eating and safety within and around the camp.
• Physical Education Program
The Physical Education program will be created in collaboration with UNHCR and be inclusive for boys and girls. Project Philoxenia plans to create an outside area within the Child Friendly Space, that is large enough to host both a field for team sports such as soccer, as well as additional space for structured games that promote physical fitness.
The Physical Education Program at Lagkadikia will play a vital role in helping the refugee children heal. Sports programmes can ‘contribute to physical fitness, mental well being and social integration by providing a safe forum in which a child can develop physically, emotionally and mentally’ (UNHCR, 2016).
• Literacy Program
The Literacy Program aims to promote a love of reading and develop the language skills of the refugee children at Lagkadikia. This will be implemented through daily read aloud sessions and structured literacy lessons three times a week.
The Daily read aloud sessions will be based on the We Love Reading program created by Dr Rana Dajani. Read aloud sessions will be conducted by both trained teachers and trained parent volunteers within the camp. Books chosen for the read aloud sessions will be in both English and Arabic.
The read aloud session has many benefits for a refugee child. It encourages a love of reading and research has shown that ‘when a parent or adult reads to a child an unconscious connection is made between the feeling of security, love and happiness’ (Dajani, 2015).
The structured literacy lessons offered three times a week will focus on oral, reading and writing skills in both Arabic and English. Trained teachers and volunteers will differentiate their programs to cater for the needs of those children who have never had formal schooling and those who have been out of schooling for a long period of time.
• Mathematics Program
The Mathematics Program aims to develop confidence and skills within the strands of number, the four operations, measurement and geometry. This will be implemented through structured lessons three times a week.
Trained teachers and volunteers will differentiate their programs to cater for the needs of those children who have never had formal schooling and those who have been out of schooling for a long period of time.
• The ICT Program
The ICT program will be created in collaboration with UNHCR and outside agencies such as The Vodafone Foundation and Vodafone Greece. It aims to provide internet connectivity and mobile devices, so that the children and teachers in the CFS, have access to quality education resources. The ICT program will be integrated into all the programs offerred in the CFS.
For further information about this program, click on the E-Space link here.
• Integration to Local Schools Program
The Integration to Local Schools Program, will be created in collaboration with UNHCR and the Greek Ministry for Education and aims to integrate the refugee children attending the LCFS into the local schools surrounding Lagkadikia.
Program – Phases
The following table provides information regarding the three different phases of support that young refugee children will receive through the Child Friendly Space at Lagkadikia.
Program – Timetable