Action For Education
Action for Education (AFE) was established in 2018 by a group of long-term volunteers as an urgent response to the appalling conditions endured by refugee children and youth on the Greek island of Chios. Over its first year and a half, the organisation grew from one centre to three, providing a holistic non-formal education service catering to children and youth aged 6 to 22 years. Working with hundreds of volunteers from the refugee community itself as well as from many other countries, AFE wanted to offer the specialised, safe spaces crucial to building resilience and community within an unstable and often hostile environment.
When in December 2018 the island of Samos, three hours south of Chios, saw more and more frequent boat arrivals and the number of asylum seekers present on the island grew massively, a team of AFE coordinators and volunteers began setting up a new centre for youth on the island. Today AFE runs an education centre for 18 – 23 year olds, a space for children aged 2 -7 years, called The Nest, in partnership with The Pedagogical Institute of Los Angeles, and a Computer Lab, in partnership with Glocal Roots, to provide IT classes and computer access, in Samos.
Reaching up to 1.000 beneficiaries a month AFE’s welcoming spaces in Chios and Samos provide basic services, education programmes, and safe spaces for children and youth and are engage in lifelong learning through creativity, community and choice to support people whose basic human rights are not being met.
For more information about the organisation please visit www.actionforeducation.org.