Intercultural Centre for the Promotion of Refugee Integration “PYXIS”

The Greek Council for Refugees’ Intercultural Centre PYXIDA opened in 1996 after having been approached by refugees and their families who suffer from social isolation and are excluded from Greek society. Over the past two decades, the Centre has grown with the help of volunteers and a small team of paid staff, who offer a wide range of integration programs including:

 

  • Greek language and educational classes for all levels (Beginners, Intermediate & Advanced)
  • Guidance with all school enrolments and school support programs that facilitate the integration of refugee children into mainstream schools
  • Psychosocial and recreational activities for refugee children and teenagers
  • Employment preparation counseling and vocational courses e.g. computer classes
  • Advocacy and community awareness regarding the integration barriers and challenges faced by newly arrived refugees seeking to settle in Greece
  • Anti-racism & cultural training courses for school students, teachers & parents

PYXIDA's family-centered approach empowers all members of the refugee's family by prioritizing the enrollment of children the majority of whom had their schooling interrupted before arriving in Greece into mainstream schools. Children's education in Greece is also supported by tutoring and homework clubs.

PYXIDA’s Greek and English language courses are an essential first step towards the beginning of the integration process of refugees, and their preparation to join the Greek job market through training and advice.

PYXIDA offers a psychologically safe place where refugee families feel a sense of community and belonging and their strengths and talents are cultivated in their journey to integration into Greek society. We hold regular psychosocial support activities including creative writing classes, therapeutic support groups as well as sport and recreational activities for adults, children, and teenagers.

PYXIDA is underpinned by the help and support of a number of volunteers and a functional network of supporters, in solidarity with individuals and local institutions, to provide refugees with the necessary integration support to achieve their full potential.

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