Using TESI Tool in refugee camps- ASEDDEDIPE, Greece
On April 23, we visited the camp in the city of Kavala that hosts refugees from Syria and other countries. We presented to the educational manager our program and showed the application on the tablet and mobile phone. The officer was really excited because one of the biggest problems faced in this particular case is the difficulty of communicating with refugees due to lack of knowledge of Greek or other languages (eg English). The problem is more intense in the camps that are outside of major cities because there are no supporting structures in small cities in order to help the operation of the camp. In order to immediately test the implementation and its results, training was provided for its use by the staff of the camp. This training took place on 24/4 and was attended by staff members such as a psychologist, a social worker, an animator etc.
“Everything here is different from my home country. It is difficult to communicate to find an address, a hospital, the camp” a refugee with the help of a translator has told us. “This is an innovative application that we believe can help refugees to communicate in a sustainable and effective way to important information they need” explained the local project coordinator of the Association of Education and Development of Disabled People, Mr. Konsoulas Georgios. The educational manager added that “mobile phone is one of the most valuable items that refugees have in their possession, so we believe that a simple in use application will help them too much”.