Shaimaa’s story and how computer courses at KEM helped her enhance her skills

Shaimaa happily holds two degrees in her hands. She successfully completed the computer courses at the Migrant Integration Center (KEM) of the City of Athens and received a certificate of attendance. The courses prepared her to successfully pass the Basic Computer Skills certification exam and receive her degree.



My employer suggested the courses at KEM because it will be an additional qualification on my CV. I didn’t know about computers and my work was very much based on that,” said Shaimaa, who has been working for 3 years as a Community Psychosocial Worker at the Association for Regional Development and Mental Health (EPAPSY) providing psychosocial assistance to refugees and asylum seekers.

The courses lasted several hours so that we could cover each section. The computer teacher explained everything in a comprehensible way, and using the training platform as a supplemental tool, with the video lessons and exercise sets, which I could access after the lesson from my own computer, helped me a lot. Now I am able to handle Windows, Word, Excel and the Internet,” she added.

Finally, Shaimaa expressed a desire to enroll in English classes at KEM as well after the positive experience she had.

Further information on the programs of the KEM of the City of Athens

The computer courses at the KEM of the City of Athens concern adult immigrants and refugees as part of social integration actions. They are free and are held throughout the year in cycles and at various times. They also prepare for the Basic Computer Skills certification exams (Windows, Word, Excel and Internet). It is essential that those interested speak Greek or English.

Applications for the courses are made every Tuesday and Thursday 10:00-13:00 (Mezonos 45 and Psaron, Metaxourgeio, 4th floor) or alternatively an email can be sent to [email protected] Important note: To register for a course you need a photocopy of some form of identification and AMKA.

In addition to computer courses, social inclusion actions are complemented by individualized professional counseling sessions, Greek and English language courses for adults and intercultural actions for children/teenagers. More broadly, KEM functions as a local point of reference for the provision of specialized services – psychosocial support, legal counseling and information on social rights to immigrants and beneficiaries of international protection with the aim of improving their living standards and social integration.

More information about KEM can be found here:

The program is implemented with the co-financing of Greece and the European Union, NSRF 2014-2020 (European Social Fund).

Text & Photos: Athina Vrakatseli, Visibility Officer at the Migrant Integration Center (KEM)