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Russia-Ukraine war: Nigeria explores opportunities in Greece for displaced students

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Nigeria and Greece (officially Hellenic Republic) are exploring ways of securing admissions for Nigerian students displaced in Ukraine displaced by that country conflict with Russia.

Nigeria’s Ambassador to Greece, Mrs Opunimi Akinkugbe recently had a meeting with the Minister of Education and Religious Affairs of the Hellenic Republic, Niki Kerameus at the latter’s office in Marousi-Athens, Greece to discuss the possibilities.

“The meeting explored possible ways to secure admissions for displaced Nigerian students in Ukraine, procure student scholarships, develop vocational training programmes, and initiate educational exchanges between Nigeria and Greece”, according to Akinkugbe’s LinkedIn handle.

Hundreds of Nigerian students schooling in Ukraine have been displaced following the Russian-Ukrainian war. Most of the students were undergoing courses in Medicine, Agriculture, Engineering, Sciences and Social Sciences.

At the meeting, the Greek Education and Religious Affairs Minister, Niki Kerameus spoke about the impressive Skills Labs, an innovative school module, which advances soft and digital skills, as well as fundamental life skills (related to health, safety, and social interactions).

Particular emphasis is laid on the 4 Cs skills of Communication, Collaboration, Critical thinking, and Creativity (along with digital skills).

Akinkugbe was accompanied to the meeting by the Nigerian embassy’s Head, Consular and Education, Mr. Felix Logo and Second Secretary, Ms. Zerah Waminaje.

Credit: New Americans magazine

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