WELCOME TO MOSAIK
Mosaik Support Center for Refugees and Locals provides a space of warmth, safety and community for the most vulnerable populations on Lesvos. Built on principles of solidarity, integration and empowerment, Mosaik aims to move beyond immediate crisis response and to offer sustainable structures to support refugees in their resolve to live with dignity. Bringing together over 300 students from teenagers to adults, from a wide variety of countries, Mosaik offers language courses in English and Greek, IT lessons, vocational training in arts and crafts, up-cycling workshops and cultural events supported by artists, activists and organizations from across the world. Mosaik is a reaction to non-existing developments and responses to the improvement of the situation of refugees on Lesvos – also to set a counterexample and to prove that other solutions are possible than the ones always said to be without alternatives and still practised. Mosaik opened its doors in July 2016. Since then we were able to register more than 4000 people for our regular classes plus many many more participating in events and daily visitors to our support desk team.
Currently Mosaik is a project run by Lesvos Solidarity which is a local activist group on Lesvos that manages an open refugee camp based in the ex-PIKPA camp in Mytilini. It is a self – organized, autonomous space which has existed since 2011, is run by volunteers and is built on the basic principle of solidarity.
Mosaik began in 2016 with the aim to offer refugees and migrants a sustainable perspective on life while being on the island of Lesvos. We wanted to give some constructive meaning to an otherwise harrowing and seemingly arbitrary experience of waiting, attrition and discouragement. It was the creation of a partnership between Borderline Europe and Lesvos Solidarity.
Our actions are based on political work as we aim for long term change rather than just helping people in need. Our believe is that this situation can only changed by solidarity and not by charity. Our work responds to the demands of the population we support rather than to apply what Europeans believe is best for those coming to Greece seeking for refuge and a better life. We also base our work out of the local community because this is the only sustainable way and also strengthens the local community and creates sensitivity among locals about the situation of refugees.
Who We Are
At Mosaik, our teachers are professionally trained and experienced, in order to offer the best quality education to our students.
Our students, here at Mosaik are asylum seekers (who have reached the Greek Island by boat from Turkey), volunteers and locals. Since the beginning of this year, we have welcomed around 340 students from 9 different countries to participate in our language and computer classes and our up-cycling workshop.
The female population in our courses now represents 30%. Our groups are gender mixed, but we also have created classes for women only, which are tailored to their specific needs and demands. We can consider in many cases women more vulnerable than men and most of them have also the responsibility for their families.
In the classroom
Based on our “learning agreement” created in collaboration between the teachers and students, everyone in Mosaik must be treated equally and respected: we recognize and celebrate all kinds of racial and gender identities, ethnic and religious diversity.
Our pedagogical approach
All of our classes share a common goal: build skills that promote inclusion. We base our pedagogy around this objective.
In every lesson, we practice the four basic skills to learn a language: writing, reading, listening and speaking. To improve the learning curve, we simplify the grammar rules and emphasize on multiculturalism.
We promote multiculturalism and base our pedagogy around the use of multiple languages in the classroom.
In order to be the most efficient in our classes, we use methods such as role playing, audio and visual exercises and games, and the buddy system. We highly encourage students to help each other and to work in groups.
We base our curriculum on the needs of our students. As such, we create our own teaching material to adapt to every need.
We understand that teaching a language to an adult seeking asylum is different to teaching a foreign language to classic students. The conditions of living or the status of the refugee determine the needs of our students!
It is important for us to adopt our teaching material in real situations that our students will use in their daily life. Essentially, we empower our students to communicate with the local community: talking in the streets, taking the bus, filling a form, asking general information and working.
We believe that learning a language is the gateway for integration and inclusion, this is why we base our curriculum around the daily needs of our students.