is a civil non-profit organization founded in 2018 in Greece. Athirma exists to educate people regardless of identity to appreciate their full human potential and acknowledge their social responsibility.
We provide services which enhance the physical, intellectual and emotional development of individuals, organizations and communities through the prism of Social Pedagogy.
Athirma is a newly-formed organization but its members have already established a strong footprint in the fields of Social Work, Pedagogy and Social Education. Its lead members played a significant role in the implementation of Social Pedagogy in UK since 2013 both in residential and foster care. In Greece, Athirma is the only organization which promotes Social Pedagogy in the everyday life of individuals and communities. Our models are being implemented successfully in children homes, shelters, schools, fostering services, refugee camps, safe zones and creative groups of parents and children in Europe.
In 2019, with our latest pilot project, Nature’s Common Third, a project funded by Together Moving Forward, we showcased that the Common Third model, a model which was used until then for establishing and strengthening dyadic relationships of the professional and the individual, could be used as a means of integration for young people coming from the refugee and the host communities. For Athirma, integration is a two-way process of developing skills which help the individuals to learn to live in a diverse society.