A Memorandum of Cooperation between the Hellenic Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs and “The Smile of the Child”

On Monday 28 November 2016, an updated Memorandum of Cooperation was signed between the Hellenic Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs and “The Smile of the Child.

The Minister of Education, Research and Religious Affairs, Mr. Kostas Gavroglou welcomed the signing of the Memorandum and the cooperation between the two parties and highlighted the importance to continue and further enhance it in the near future.

This cooperation is extremely important given the fact that the educational community is struggling on a daily basis to identify, handle and prevent a number of social problems and risks for children, while “The Smile of the Child” is setting all the tools, experience and expertise of the Organization at the disposal of the educational community with the aim to prevent as well as address and handle these issues.

It is worthwhile to mention that in the framework of the updated Memorandum of Cooperation “The Smile of the Child”:

  1. It is included to the destinations of the educational visits of primary and secondary schools. During these visits students accompanied by a Psychologist and/or Social Worker of the Organization will be able-amongst others- to visit the Call Centers of the National Helpline for Children SOS 1056, the European Hotline for Missing Children 116000 and the European Helpline for Children and Adolescents 116111 and be informed for their operation and provided services. At the same time, students will take part in interactive interventions of prevention in specially designed areas, which will be carried out by a Psychologist or a Social Worker of the Organization in thematic areas such as Abuse- Violence- Technology- Missing Children (Abduction). The visit will be completed with an information session on volunteerism and the importance and possibilities of volunteering participation in the actions of the Organization.
  2. By supporting the efforts of integration of refugee and migrant children in schools across the country, “The Smile of the Child” will cooperate, as it always does, with institutional actors (Universities) with the aim to develop educational actions of prevention, awareness-raising and empowerment of children on issues that concern them including the issue of racism that can lead to bullying incidents.
  3.  It will explore synergies and support from partners – relevant actors from abroad- on translation and interpretation – whereas it will try to involve actively refugee teachers, based on a “train the trainers” programme so that they themselves can use the tools and multiply the action. “The Smile of the Child” will develop a full plan for the action against racism to ensure the best possible results.

 

In addition to the abovementioned developments the signing of the updated Memorandum confirmed the longstanding and successful cooperation of the Organization with the Ministry with main goal to support – on the level of prevention and intervention- the students, parents and guardians on issues that concern them and pose a risk to their children in the main pillars of Abuse- Violence – Technology – Child Disappearance.

 

In addition, a long reference is included to the Memorandum in regards to the methods and tools which “The Smile of the Child” sets at the disposal of the educational community.

 

To sum up:

 

  1. The National Helpline for Children SOS 1056, the European Hotline for Missing Children 116000 and the European Helpline for Children and Adolescents 116111 which all ensure the 24 hours continuous communication of teachers with the scientific personnel of the Organization with the aim to receive the proper support and guidance on cases of emergency needs/crises within the school environment.
  2. Interactive Interventions of Prevention in schools. A team of specialized psychologists visit schools and carries out interactive intervention of prevention using a variety of tools according to the age of students. Similar interventions are carried out for parents and guardians’ associations as well as teachers’ associations.
  3. The Mobile Lab of Information, Education and Technology of the Organization, named “Odysseas”
  4. The provision of Preventive Medicine services through the Mobile Multi-medical Unit “Hippocrates” and two additional specialized Mobile Medical Units of the Organization.   
  5. The Interactive Platform of Information and Communication of YOUSMILE of “The Smile of the Child” targeting children of all age groups.  

The Memorandum of Cooperation can found here (available only in Greek)