A more than worring in results serious survey has been conducted on schoolchildren in Greece by the Prolepsis Institute of Preventive Medicine, Environmental and Occupational Health, following the multiple complaints of the Greek teachers around the country, –especialy in Attika region which holds almost one third of the whole Greek population- that
the number of children who are noticed by the teachers arriving to school on an empty stomach, and often fainting during schooltime, is augmenting day by day,
according to the survey data, released on February 11th. The organization which is run by the professor of Athens University Athena Linou, polled pupils at 64 schools in Athens and found that
25% of the children’s families were suffering from hunger
60% were suffering from food insecurity, i.e. they do not get enough food.
In 61 % of cases, one of the two parents had no income at all (salary or pension).
17% of the families have no income at all.
22% of the familes have 3 or more children.
11% of the children were not covered by social security.
7% of the families had electricity outage for more than a week during 2014.
3% of the families had no electricity during the time the survey was conducted.
The survey was conducted by the Prolepsis Institute among pupils at 64 schools in Athens. Together with the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, Prolespis feeds daily 15,520 pupils.
Half of them live under poverty line, while almost 60% of them live below the reasonable living expenses.
A total of 1,053 applications have been submitted for inclusion in the Prolepsis & Niarchos foundation program. The applications correspond to 152,397 students. Only 10% of the pupils benefit from the meals-providing program.
According to 2011 consensus, 664,046 people live within the boundaries of Athens Municipality, while 3,753,783 people live in the broader Metropolitan area.
Dramatic situation across Greece
Equally dramatic is the situation in other parts of the country.
54% of the families experience food insecurity
21% of the families experience hunger.
In 40% of families, one of the parents had no income,
while in 13% of the families no both parents had no income.
“The socioeconomic crisis is unfortunately leaving its mark on the most vulnerable group: the children,” said Prolepsis chief Athina Linou.
Dimitris Mariolis from the Teachers’ Association of “Ampelokipoi” , which is at the center of Athens, to a specific case of a school pupil “who had not eaten for two days.” Last week, teachers complained for one more time about pupils who faint in the class room due to starvation. The issue of children going hungry was raised for one more time during a meeting of the Municipality of Athens with representatives of school teachers unions.