Published by SAP on November 13, 2017

In the presence of the Vice – Mayor for Migrants, Refugees and Municipal Decentralization,, Mr. Lefteris Papayannakis, SAP Hellas County Manager, Mr. Andreas Xirokostas, announced the successful completion of the SAP Refugee Code Week program, thet was implemented for the first time in Greece.

More than 350 refugees aged between 11 and 25 years were trained on the main principles of programming and received important knowledge that can help them join the labor market.

The SAP Refugee Code Week program has been implemented in nine countries (Egypt, France, Greece, Iraq, Lebanon, Palestine, Jordan, Sweden and Turkey), having trained more than 10,000 young refugees in two years.

According to the United Nations Refugee Organization (UNHCR), we are currently experiencing the most important refugee crisis since the Second World War, with more than 65 million people worldwide being violently displaced from their homes. In addition, only 50 percent of refugee children have access to education, while a potential of more than 750,000 new ICT jobs is forseen in Europe until 2020.  

"Greece was called upon to manage a difficult reality in difficult circumstances. SAP's initiative for organizing the coding week is one of the kind we need to provide the necessary tools, both educationally and professionally", said Mr. Papayannakis.

"Coding is the digital language of the future, which is common to all countrie and cultures. We want to offer a better future through education", says Mr. Xirokostas.

The SAP Refugee Code Week program in Greece is supported by the University of Piraeus, the University of the Aegean (Lesvos), the Athens University of Economics and Business, Visions2Ventures, the Athens Coordination Center for Migrant and Refugee issues and the Open Schools Program, founded and operating with an exclusive donation from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, the Refugee.INFO network and the Athens Development and Destination Agency.