Gekko Kids was designed by Better Days in May 2017 to challenge existing notions of refugee school set-up. Today it is run with the support of Connect by Music in music curriculum and Refugee Education & Learning (REAL) international in educational programming and capacity building.
Gekko Kids provides informal alternative education located in the centre of the city, equipped with modern teaching equipment in a vibrant environment. The project was founded to support the needs of the unaccompanied asylum seeking children living on Lesvos. Some of our students reside in urban accommodations and others come from Moria Camp & the Safe Zone. Gekko Kids focuses in customizing educational and pedagogical programming for refugee children aged 10 to 18 years old. Our main teaching languages are English and Greek. The center promotes teaching with alternative methodologies and offers a large spectrum of subjects and approaches. There is a clean intention in catering to individual needs passions and capacities of the students who attend the centre.
Gekko Kids curriculum includes traditional modules such as English, Greek, Mathematics and Computer with clear intention to cover material relevant to what is taught in public education and act as a mediator and as a foundation course to what they will find themselves learning once registered to a public school. Additionally we fund Greek and English intensive language courses which can only become accredited by the relevant accreditation centers, following exams and at a fee which Better Days covers.
Additionally the Gekko Kids Parallel schedule includes classes in art and music, skill- development through workshops, photography, dance, writing and so forth.
Gekko Kids has partnered with the local authorities to offer quality and accredited programmes to adult asylum-seekers, prioritizing people who have already received asylum in Greece. This adult-specific course includes over 800hrs of intensive Greek language learning and two separate English language classes for advanced and beginner levels. Gekko’s adult zone operates from 18:00 to 20:00 and registrations are accepted upon assessment by the Gekko Administration team. To apply email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Languages spoken: English and Greek
Beneficiaries: Unaccompanied Migrants Children living in Iliaktida’s House and Moria camp. Adults residing in urban accommodation and through referrals by other actors.
Opening hours: Child-specific zones are 9:00 -13:00 to 14:00 to 18:00 and Adult-specific zones from 18:00-20:00
Location: City Centre, Mytilini, Lesvos