The project in summary

Art-education activities and workshops at the Intercultural Center “PYXIDA” (Athens, Greece) for migrant and refugee minors.

The project in detail

The “Thesaurus” project, which is part of a non-formal educational program developed since 1996 by the Greek Council for Refugees (GCR), aims to:

  • Allow minors in migratory situations to express their emotions and their experiences in a creative way, within a safe, protected and child-friendly environment;
  • Improve their self-esteem and increase confidence in themselves and in others;
  • Strengthen their artistic-creative skills, their relational and socio-communicative skills, thus starting a post-traumatic resilience process.

Beneficiaries during the project period (2021-2022)

  • 450 children, of which 410 minors who have lived refugee experiences and 40 Greek peers, aged 6-18, with different linguistic and cultural backgrounds, have participated to the various creative-artistic and educational activities organized at the Intercultural Center “PYXIDA”;
  • 27 adults (of which 14 parents) who have lived refugee experiences participated to several cultural visits of the most museums of Athens and the Region of Attica.

In 2021-2022, Greek Council for Refugees (GCR) with the support of Alta Mane, has carried out the following activities:

  • Developed the digital educative platform “Thesaurus Library” where, subsequently, a total of 2’477 books for children and adolescents, which are part of the “PYXIDA” Center’s book collection, have been catalogued;
  • Organized 35 digital art-education workshops (4 at distance and 31 in presence for a total of 68½ effective hours) during which 204 children who have lived refugee experiences (aged 6-17), starting from the reading of different books and through different expressive-artistic modes, had the opportunity to reflect on various themes such as, inter alia, identity, journey, talent, ocean pollution, friendship, knowledge and co-existence with the other, and produced various drawings, paintings and padlets, successively featured and shared on the “Thesaurus” platform;
  • Organized 9 participatory reading workshops reaching 112 children (aged 7-17), including 40 Greek pupils, and 4 Street/Visual Art workshops reaching 12 minors who have lived refugee experiences (aged 6-15);
  • Organized 22 cultural visits, coupled with several art education workshops, of the most important museums of Athens and the Region of Attica reaching 122 minors aged 6-18), 14 parents and 13 adults who have lived refugee experiences.