Ano Liossia, Athens – Women want to learn to read and write
However, thanks to the centre, the number of under 15-year-olds who can read and write as well as their peers outside the neighbourhood can** is growing rapidly. The grandmother and her daughter, who is already a mother of two at 21, have a growing desire to keep up with their children. So the director of the centre, Luciana Christoforides, is offering a literacy course for adult women from the neighbourhood. “It is a great opportunity to help the parents and at the same time support the children in their progress,” she says.
** According to a 2018 World Bank publication, the literacy rate in Greece is around 98 percent.
“Washing is easier”
A special incentive for mothers and grandmothers is the learning success of the children who pass through the centre and have now been given a place at a state school. “I have seen my grandchild’s teacher four or five times. She says that the boy is doing well at school. He can already write his first words. He is learning how to behave. This gives him a better chance of getting a job later,” says the woman, who has the hardships of a life without safeguards written all over her face.
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The family house consists of one and a half rooms. An employee of the Greek ministry helps the grandfather with some minor renovations. (The photo was taken before the Corona pandemic).
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