Arezou, a 12-year-old Afghan schoolgirl from Lesvos, who was moved last year by a letter of thanks to her teachers for their support, is packing her bags for the United States and Boston International School, where she has been accepted through a scholarship.
“My dear school, I would like to say a big THANK YOU for the opportunity you have given me this school year to learn with Greek students and join the school community. “I am so happy to have had the opportunity not only to get to know the school, but also to adapt to a new environment despite the language barriers,” Arezou wrote in June 2020, after graduating from the 6th year of the 15th elementary school Mytilene School. her letter, also published in APE-MPE, the young student mentions in particular the support she received from the teachers at her school, thanks to whom she managed to learn Greek in just a few months: “The support from the teachers is really which made my experience so unique, because my teachers taught me a special lesson to learn the language”.
As Arezou explains today to APE-MPE, “I wrote this letter to show my love for Greece and the people, my experience, how a girl from another country came here. It was not very easy to come to another country, to know other people, another language, another culture. But you have to. “Today, Arezou is preparing his luggage to meet a new place, America this time.
Arezu was only six years old when she and her family were forced to leave their homeland, Afghanistan, to embark on a long migratory journey. His education was interrupted, however the principle of his parents was that the child should not interrupt his lessons, so they teach him themselves even at home.
After a three-year stay in Turkey, the family arrived in Lesvos in January 2019, where they first stayed at the Moria reception center and then in an apartment with the support of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. . “It was very difficult in Moria”, his mother, Mariam, describes in APE-MPE and adds: “I was disappointed when I realized that Greek schools did not accept refugees easily and I wondered what what would become of my children”. Nine months later, Arezou manages to enroll in a primary school in Mytilene, where she quickly stands out for her learning.
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A love for learning was instilled in Arezou by her mother, who worked in Afghanistan for 15 years as an education consultant, while today in Greece she works with non-profit organizations in as a performer and cultural mediator. Seeing the difficulties faced by refugee children in attending Greek schools, Mariam sent a letter to foreign embassies in Greece, asking for information on possibilities for her daughter to study in other countries. Soon after, he received a response from the US Embassy with a list of schools he could apply to. After a written exam and interview, Arezu was accepted into Boston International School and received a scholarship for five years, until she graduated from high school. It is noted that in a recent report by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, only 34% of refugee children of school age worldwide are enrolled in secondary schools.
The International School of Boston is a bilingual (English-French) non-profit school with 530 students from over 43 countries. Arezou already speaks five languages (Farsi, Dari, Greek, Turkish and English). “I like to learn foreign languages. “The more languages you know, the more you know the country you are in,” he tells us. However, he typically adds that in addition to other languages, there is “the language of the heart”: “If you don’t know any other languages, there is the language of the heart and you can speak from your heart. We all know the language of the heart. And when I went to Turkey or Greece, I first used the language of the heart”.
At present, the administrative procedures are underway for Arezou to obtain the student visa for the USA, however, in order not to lose contact with the school, she attends the 2nd Gymnasium of the 6th Gymnasium of Mytilene.
Arezu admits that his biggest dream is to become a doctor, “to help people”, then to build a hospital, “where free care will be provided”. For this reason, Mariam pointed out that Arezou should also be educated in a Greek school “because the Greek language is important for medical science, which she wants to follow”.
Arezu says she is excited to live in the United States. But she will miss “my family of course, but also nature and the people of Greece”. In Boston, he will be hosted by a family, whom Arezou’s parents met with the help of the school.
Her mother confesses how difficult it is for Arezzo to leave, but recognizes that it is a great opportunity for her, “the door is open for her future”, she says characteristically, and hopes that her youngest daughter will follow the same path.