As jointly announced on 20 November 2020, the Greek state and UNICEF mutually agreed to the establishment of a formal presence in the country. This confers the full mandate of UNICEF to Greece, which is to provide assistance to member states to fulfil their obligations to children under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), which Greece ratified in 1993.
As such, the UNICEF Greece Country Office is expanding its support to all state institutions that have a role in ensuring all two million children in the country can fully enjoy their rights.
To date, UNICEF is engaging with counterparts including the ministries of Labor and Social Affairs, Education, Migration, Justice, Interior, Development and Investments, on issues including foster care and deinstitutionalization, inclusive education, youth skills and employability, as well as exploring options to ensure the availability of increased financing for children in the years ahead.
The scope of the UNICEF Greece Country Office initially covers the following topics:
Further activities will cover issues of violence in schools, child cyber bullying, the creation of child-friendly cities, etc.
Find out more about UNICEF’s work in Greece. https://www.unicef.org/greece/en/what-we-do
The Greek Language and Multilingualism Lab (GLML) of the University of Thessaly was founded in 1999, and acquired its current name and structure in 2016. It’s a hub of linguistic and glottodidactic research, in close relation with educational projects and actions. Since 2010, Professor George Androulakis is GLML’s Director. GLML webpage can be found here: http://greeklanglab.pre.uth.gr.
GLML’s mission is threefold: Firstly it carries out research on multilingual and multimodal literacies in educational settings; it conducts research and educational projects on the teaching of Greek in formal and non-formal educational settings in Greece, on the teaching and learning of Greek as an additional language to speakers of other languages who live in Greece or in other parts of the world, and on the teaching and learning of Greek and other languages to migrants and refugees; it carries out studies in Greek from a sociolinguistic perspective. GLML’s members have published numerous books and articles in refereed journals and edited volumes.
The Greek Language Laboratory provides its members with a library, archives of printed, digital and audiovisual material, and a bank of research observation equipment.
GLML was the Coordinating partner of 12 European and national projects during the last decade, and received funding from:
Outcomes and deliverables of GLML’s recent and/or current projects include:
GLML has been twice (2012, 2017) awarded the European Language Label by the European Commission.
I.E.P. is a scientific agency that provides support to the Minister of Education, Research and Religious Affairs on issues regarding primary and secondary education, post-secondary education, transition from secondary to higher education, teacher training, student dropout and early school leaving. Co-operation with I.E.P. is required for every relevant initiative or action taken by the Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs departments or the agencies supervised by it.
I.E.P. deals with scientific research and study of the issues mentioned above, and provides ongoing scientific and technical support on relevant educational policy planning and implementation.
More information about IEP http://iep.edu.gr/en/#1