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Hunger and Sports
Christos Tegas
Integration of immigrants students
This is the story of Kimlet from Kenya. His family arrived in Greece almost 6 years ago. He is the oldest of three sons. His father works from time to time, whenever there is work. His mother tried to find something to work, but it was too difficult to get a permanent job. His father decided to send him to school, since he wanted him to be part of the Greek community.

From the first days in school, I wanted to help me in everyway. He was black. Fortunately, he did not have any problems with the rest of the classmates, neither in school. He is quite tall, 1,90 cm tall!
Since he had to stop working, his family income has been significantly reduced. I noticed that he was starting to lose weight after 3 months at school.
But he kept trying his best in school. One day he was feeling very dizzy. After a long discussion I realized that he was hungry. He was hungry since he was not eating in order to leave some spare food for his family.

During the breaks, in order not to sit close to the rest of the classroom, he used to take the ball and play basketball in the school yard. And he was really good with that. I spoke to the headmaster. The school decided to give him a sports scholarship. His obligation was not to miss any day from school for the rest of semester and a basketball practice. At the end of semester, his grades were significantly improved, he had some weight back and his popularity increased.

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Date: 2014.08.20

Posted by Gamze Sarı (Turkey)

Message: I read this story in the same breath. I wondered how this story will be end. After ı finished it, many things acured in my mind to be said. Firstly, this is a very emotional story because of the altruism of Kimlet. (he seperated his foods for his por family) Secondly, it is a good thing to be aware of Kimlet’s bad condition. In fact , 3 months is a too longdurastion to be aware of the situation. Yet, attempts which are taken are very positive. Giving Kimlet a school scholarship provides 2 benefits. The first one is that when apprecaiting the succes in a sport activity can open a window for further life of Kimlet. The second one is that providing scholarship can strength the bond between Kimlet and school.The last but not last thing that such type of solution to his problem (giving scholarship – supporting Kimlet economically ) can strength the relation between his family and schhol/teachers/admibnistrations. In other words, the family can give more importance on schoold/ education.

Date: 2014.05.30

Posted by marta velasco ripoll (Spain)

Message: In this story the protagonist is a student of 4th year , which would drop out because they can not get anything right, his academic performance was low although a boy with good attitude in class and seamless coexistence with other peers and teachers. He was very good athlete , specializing in related nature and the outdoors, water sports , mountain biking , hiking, sports ... Anyway, the following year he was going to drop out because he had always told at home that he " did not apply in this " and I had to do was get to work in the field or work where you come out .
I've been around the course giving class , encouraging students during physical education sessions ( although I was sorely needed because he just did ) in the evaluation sessions could not believe I had a 10 on my stuff and it was the only approve (or a few ) , so mid- course started talking to him and explain the possible sports outings there for incorporation into the labor market. What was my surprise when students showed much interest in it , is it only sought information and came to class the next day to tell me what you would like to enter the intermediate level training related to physical education and sports in the nature .
As we got to it, and we manage to enter.
For my work situation, to be interim , I could not continue in that center to the next grade , but I've tracked this kid in the years following and comment that not only did the half cycle of Physical Education, but also made the top and then entered college to pursue specialized studies teacher in the subject.
Always thank me not to let him leave school , said that I was one of the few people who believed in it and these are the things that really make you grow as a teacher and that make you think that "not everything is as bad as it looks " .
Today , this student is oppositional to enter the civil service of the Government of Andalusia , while combines her studies with a job in a gym.

Date: 2014.05.16

Posted by Christine CLOES (Belgium)

Message: It is a good strategy to exploit the special strengths of the pupils to foster their integration in the school and to avoid dropout.
In Belgium teachers are sometimes confronted to families with economic problems. In this case they inform the headmaster and the social services to find a solution.

20 December 2014

Final Partners’ meeting

The fourth partners’ meeting took place in Florence (IT) on 15 December 2014. The meeting had the objective to check the activities carried out since the third meeting of the project and share and assess the in progress results. A special focus has been dedicated to the presentation of the strategies to solve the case scenarios.