Parenting and Education: The Example of Refugee Parents in Greece

  • Georgia Sarikoudi Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
  • Anna Apostolidou Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences

Abstract

This article focuses on the interplay between parenthood and refugee status and documents the approaches that parents employ to become educational agents and enrich their children’s language knowledge and cultural capital while residing in refugee camps in northern Greece. It discusses the prominent role that encampment times play in structuring the disempowering refugee condition, and describes the parents’ strategies of managing time and teaching their mother tongue and homeland culture to their children but also through becoming students themselves. In doing so, it highlights the accentuated parental role as a mediator between “home” and future residence and touches upon the repercussions of parents’ involvement in their children’s education. Based on anthropological fieldwork, this article highlights instances where the active parental role presents itself as a tactical means to counterbalance the reported loss of agency that the refugee positionality entails.

Author Biographies

Georgia Sarikoudi, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Georgia Sarikoudi is a post-doctoral fellow in Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. She can be reached at gsarikoudi@gmail.com.

Anna Apostolidou, Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences

Anna Apostolidou is a post-doctoral fellow and adjunct lecturer at Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences. She can be reached at anna.apostolidou@panteion.gr.

Published
2020-04-25
How to Cite
Sarikoudi, G., & Apostolidou, A. (2020). Parenting and Education: The Example of Refugee Parents in Greece. Refuge: Canada’s Journal on Refugees, 36(1), 40-49. https://doi.org/10.25071/1920-7336.40629