That’s shocking! Primary school children would faint due to hunger in downtown Athens in the year 2011! Primary school teachers union from the districts of Ampelokipi-Erythros-Polygonon close to the centre of athens issued a horrifying statement about the economic situation of the pupils. There are cases of children fainting during the classes due to starvation, the teachers state, and also a case of a jobless parent, father of three, who committed suicide.
Speaking to news portal NewsIt, teacher Dimitris Margiolis confirmed not only the shocking news adding that children go to school with holes in their shoes:
“Ten days ago we were shocked to learn that a father of three of our pupils committed suicide. He had been jobless for the last 6 months. Recently we learned that even during the last spring, pupils in a secondary school in the Kypseli district fainted and the doctor diagnosed ‘starvation’. We see children coming to school with hole sin their shoes. They have to proper shoes for the gymnastic classes. In school canteens the number of pupils buying something decreases day by day. Some pay on credit… We should set up a network as we did for the children of Iraq, Palestine and Yugoslavia. It is our duty not only to educate children but also to protect them form impoverishment”.
The First Association of Teachers of Primary Education of Athens, together with parents and residents of Ampelokipi-Erythros-Polygonon will stage a protest on October 15th 2011, at 11 m at the square of Panormou Metro station to raise awareness of the economic impasse of many families in the times of strict austerity.
Shock causes communication primary school teachers in Ambelokipi-Red-Polygon, who talk about suicide unemployed parent pupils by school district, but also cases of faint young students who were suffering from starvation in schools …
PS I do remember very well the cases of fainting hungry children in the primary school classes in … Baghdad in the early 1990’s. What happened to the “Denmark of the South” as Greek PM heralded after winning the elections of 2009?
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