Children as a vulnerable group

We all have a duty to protect children from any danger. Especially in cases of vulnerability, such as children at risk of poverty or as victims of violence or trafficking, labour or other form of exploitation.

Children are the first priority in the planet’s battle to protect human life against Covid-19. Aided by digital technology, classes are being taught remotely to avoid exposing children to the virus and to keep them out of the pandemic’s tragic path. But what happens when some children don’t have access to digital technologies? How can we safeguard their right to learning?

Another issue of special interest to our country is that of unaccompanied minors, given that a large number of children in this category have arrived in Greece with the migration flows.

 We are making a constant effort to take all necessary measures to ensure that there are no unaccompanied minors outside the child protection framework. Only in such a framework can we ensure the necessary conditions for their protection, including accommodation in separate, special centres, access to health services, vaccinations and education for the duration of their stay in the host country, with special emphasis on protection of unaccompanied minors from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Digital technology will play a role in registering, categorizing, educating and providing medical assistance for unaccompanied minors, depending on their profile and needs. Some educational/recreational programmes for familiarising these children with the school system in the host country could be provided remotely, with the ultimate goal of ensuring their personal development.