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The project is implemented by ZEUXIS under the supervision of IOM and it is funded by the Asylum, Migration, and Integration Fund of the European Union (DG HOME). It aims at providing protection and assistance services to Unaccompanied Migrant Children (UMCs) hosted in the Safe Area (SA) of Kos.

Τhe scientific team of ZEUXIS, consisting of a social worker, educator, lawyer and interpreters, provided unaccompanied minors with a personalized treatment of their needs for food, health, education, information, psychological support, socialization and social inclusion, development of interests, entertainment, sports and creative activities, in the framework of an interdisciplinary approach.

ZEUXIS’ intervention aspires to the UMCs integration from the borders. It unfolds around 2 major axes: psychosocial support and non-formal education, through an interdisciplinary approach.

Psychosocial support is a manifold and multilayer process that includes -among other:
• Psychosocial History intake → to have a thorough insight to each UMC in terms of experiences, personality, and aspirations, so as to design an individual intervention
• Individual sessions with the Social Worker: consultancy, therapy & the Child’s Development Plan → to enhance participation, to overcome difficulties and/or trauma, to empower the UMCS to set and pursuit their personal goals
• Group sessions → to share important information, to enhance team bonding and peace building, to engage the UMCs through experience, to empower their soft and emotional skills such as cooperation and respect, to provide them with life skills

Non-formal education aims at the UMCs’ development of physical, emotional, and cognitive/ creative skills:
• Using the communicative methodology of teaching a foreign/second language → to be able to serve the UMCs’ needs on a daily basis
• Through experiential and participatory activities → to engage students and enhance learning results
• Project-based lessons → to acquire a holistic knowledge regarding a topic
• Recreational activities → to invite imagination in the educational process
• Sport activities → to release energy and exercise
• Commitment to safety rules and engagement in procedures → to ensure personal and communal hygiene, security, and well-being

November 2020 marked the beginning of Zeuxis' partnership with IOM, providing protection and assistance services to Unaccompanied Migrant Children (UMCs) hosted in the Safe Area (SA) in Kos RIC. With a hosting capacity of seventy-two (72) UMCs, the SA accommodated twenty-eight (28) unique UMCs (male and female).

Several individual sessions guided UMCs concerning the handling of specific cases and issues like post-traumatic stress, anger, handling the emotional and practical issues accompanying adulthood, and Covid-19 related stress

Zeuxis lawyer engaged upon the preparation of seven (7) UMCs who arrived at the SA for their interviews and registration process in the Autonomous Asylum Unit of Kos and began to handle the cases of four (4) AA for family reunification in cooperation with the Dublin Unit of the Asylum Service

UMCs were encouraged to participate in non-formal education classes and recreational activities in order to be exposed to more stimuli. These activities were designed and implemented in a way that was informed of cultural diversities and personal divergences and appropriate to provide a fundamental level of knowledge and skills to them

The context as well as the quantitative outcomes during NOVEMBER is outlined below:

NOVEMBER 2020 – PROJECT RESULTS

• 28 UMCs (boys and girls) accommodated in KOS RIC SA
• 13 members of staff on the field (Coordinator, Interpreters, Social worker, Lawyer, Educator, Caregivers)

Basic support:
• 24 h presence of caregivers
• Interpretation in Urdu and Farsi
• Provision of legal support
• 2 snacks per day
• Daily routines (hygiene and ground rules in the Safe Area)
• Transportation to doctors and escorts

Social worker support:
• 32 sessions for needs’ / requests’ assessment
• 17 sessions were for social history intake
• 12 consultancy sessions
• 27 referrals for medical examination and administrative issues
• 8 sessions for Personal Development Plan

Education, recreation, and leisure:
• 15 Greek lessons
• 3 sports activities
• 10 recreational activities (collages, board games, movie concept and guitar lesson)


URL address of DG HOME: http://ec.europa.eu/home-affairs/
URL address of IOM Greece: https://greece.iom.int/en
URL address of Zeuxis:  http://www.zeuxis.org.gr

 

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