Kouros Durmohamadi Bagi, a refugee from Iran in Greece who amazed the country after excelling in the Greek national exams, will become a mentor for other young refugees in the country.
The young man, who is called Kyros after the king of Persia by his Greek friends, arrived in Greece in 2019, as a refugee and first settled in the Moria refugee camp.
Coming second in his school, Kouros had an average of 18.25 in the exams, writing a score of 20 (the highest score given in Greek high school) in mathematics, 20 in physics, 19.5 in chemistry, and 13.5 in creative writing.
Refugee from Iran to mentor others in Greece
The young refugee will be a mentor for other young people in the country who may be struggling in their new home as part of the mentor program created by the Special Secretariat for the Protection of Unaccompanied Minors.
Kouros, along with a number of other refugees and immigrants who have succeeded in Greece, will help guide and mentor other youth so that they may also succeed in the country.
The mentorship program is part of the Greek government’s larger initiative to provide opportunities for young refugees to complete their studies and integrate into Greek society.
Kouros amazed the country with exceptional test scores
Eighteen-year old Kouros has been giving interviews to local media—always with a smile. His Greek is excellent despite the fact that he has only been in the country for three years.
Kouros came to Greece with his family in August 2019. “We got on a boat from Turkey,” he said. “Fortunately, the weather was good and we were not in danger.”
His parents decided to leave Iran for political reasons, but it is something they do not want to talk about at home, as they are things they want to leave behind, he says.
Speaking to Aeolos TV, wearing a T-shirt with the diagram of the Pythagorean theorem, he said that, initially, they were led to the infamous reception center of Moria where the living conditions were difficult.
“Whatever Moria was, at least I knew I was in Lesvos…I was in Europe,” Kouros said.
“I’ve been through unimaginable things,” Kouros said. “You have no idea, but my life in Lesvos is good […,and] I have friends, I have school, I have good classmates and teachers. It’s good.”