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Free Greek language lessons for third country nationals (Updated)

Several municipalities will be offering free Greek lessons to third country nationals in all areas of the Republic, it was announced on Wednesday.

The lessons will be offered by Dherynia, Paphos, Ayios Dhometios, and Ayios Athanasios municipalities in co-operation with KES college, CARDET research centre, and consultancy firm INNOVADE.

“The programme is implemented under the asylum, immigration and integration fund,” the announcement said.

“Through the programme, participants are expected to acquire the ability to understand and express themselves in the Greek language and to acquire basic speaking and writing skills that will help them in their daily lives and improve the prospects of access and integration into the labour market. It is expected to improve their ability to integrate into society and prevent social exclusion.”

The courses will be offered in at least two levels of instruction, for beginners and advanced, and classes will take place in the above mentioned municipalities and institutions. It is also planned to offer them online at a later stage.

According to the announcement “it is expected that more than 200 people of the target group will attend the programme, of which at least 160 should reach the final exam. The organisers will motivate participation and will provide comprehensive information to the target group.”

For more information and participation in the programme, interested persons may contact the local authorities and CARDET at 22002102.

Entries will be accepted until February 15, 2016 and lessons will start on February 29.

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