"At last, I too can learn Greek," a 7-year-old shouted in Turkish. The child, a member of the Muslim community in Xanthi, had just received a multimedia Greek-Turkish dictionary. The book, the first of its kind to be officially used in Greek state education, is part of a course in learning Greek as a foreign language. It is just one of around 40 schoolbooks and scores of digital and printed items created by the Education Ministry's 1997-2008 educational program for Muslim children (PEM).
The aim of the groundbreaking program was to produce modern materials for speakers of other languages who have a different cultural identity to train teachers and to introduce modern teaching methods.