On Tuesday, December 10, young men and women served at the Caritas Hellas Center for Social Integration and Employability in Kipseli met with young volunteers from EKO Greece, an organization active in Athens in the area of the organizing and implementing many new programs for youth empowerment.
The meeting was organized on the occasion of the International Human Rights Day. For this reason, the participants were both young people whose studies or occupations relate to human rights, and also young people who have arrived in Greece as asylum seekers and have had themselves or people of their close environment an experience of violation of one or more human rights.
The participants started with some introductory games to come closer and discuss their personal experiences more comfortably. Immediately afterwards, the students opened an awareness and reflection discussion about what consists a human right, what are the basic human rights, what are the categorizations etc. Then, people from different countries discussed with the students about experiences from their home countries: what they find to apply in reality, what may not be respected in their daily lives, how to protect someone whose rights are violated…
The debate was particularly fruitful, as it gave people with different knowledge, background, experiences and views the opportunity to discuss and learn more about human rights, and especially their status quo in a European country such as Greece.
The vocational training is part of the Program “Social and Economic Integration of Refugees and Immigrants in Athens” which focuses on the support and integration of refugees and immigrants into Greek society. The Program is implemented by Caritas Hellas and funded by Caritas Switzerland.