By Lina Giannarou, Kathimerini Newspaper 

A kid is standing up. He wears a jacket and has a scarf wrapped around his neck. He is truly handsome, in an immature way, like many young schoolboys. Everyone in the room is immediately turning to him, all discussions cease and all eyes are now on the young boy. "I look just like you, right?" he says. "And I am!". It is only halfway through his passionate speech on accepting diversity that one would realise the boy was hand reading his notes, written in Braille.  

This was part of a truly exciting event that took place last Wednesday, with such a success that not even the organizers anticipated. It was the closing event of a series of experiencial workshops implemented by SKEP, the Association of Social Responsibility for Children and Youth, under the EEA Grants Greek NGO Programme "We are all Citizens". During the event, students from general and special schools sit on the same table, get to know each other, work with each other, and - to their surprise - they oftern realize that they may be different, but still they are so much alike. 

The whole event was about the students' experiences, what they have learned, what they would like to share. Young boys and girls had prepared speeches and presentations, songs, activities, stand-up commedies, all sorts of funny, engaging, interactive activities and filled all participants with joy and emotion, especially the people at SKEP, dedicated to fight prejudices against people with disabilities. 


The full article is available in greek in the following link 


 

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