The Regional Directorate of Primary and Secondary Education of Central Macedonia, as coordinator of the Erasmus+ Project, 2016-1-EL01-KA201-023512 organized the first partners meeting of the project on November 7th, 2016 in Thessaloniki, Greece, at the premises of the Regional Directorate of Primary and Secondary Education of Central Macedonia.
The present project aims to alter the ways and modes that specific stakeholders such as the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, the School of Education of the University of Western Macedonia, as well as the School of Modern Greek Language in Thessaloniki and the Cartographic Heritage Archives, in collaboration with the Municipalities of Peonia (Idomeni) and Delta (Diavata) pedagogically cope with the refugee flow in the area. At that direction, we will utilise the knowhow of the Diktio Alpha in order to create an optimistic collaborating and supporting community among children and adults refugees and support them psychologically.
Bringing together the interested parts with the experts in refugee issues, we aim to design, create and distribute knowledge material, a toolbox with activities and instructions and a series of training programs, implicating adult refugees and their children. Our scope is to develop linguistic literacy, IT-based literacy as well as to inform them in human rights subjects.
This project is in the context of producing material and implementing it on children and adult refugees in the specific hotspots of Peonia and Delta Municipalities of Central Macedonia.
To this end, the Regional Directorate of Primary and Secondary Education cooperates with the above municipalities and experts in refugees issues as well in Greek as a second language emanating from the Faculty of Education of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece and the School of Modern Greek Language at the same University, so as to provide basic competences of literacy to the refugees in a way that relations of trust would be created with the local people and prepared for their smooth transition abroad (Learn a second language, develop IT- based competences).
Teaching Greek or English as a second language aims in the gradual development linguistic/communicational competences and students’ familiarization with multilingualism and pluriculturalism.
Those groups will work together in a national and European level, in order to develop and implement the material while co-organizing a series of parallel activities.
We will also draw upon our material from the Cartographic Heritage Archives aiming in the effective use of maps and the conception and the familiarization of the refugees with the geography of their residence and its cultural specificities. Promote activities so as to comprehend the space (place of origin-voyage-countries of destination) using material of the cartographic heritage archives with maps and activities of pedagogical nature.
The role of our partners (Italy, France) will be to exchange good practices upon our subject. To be more specific, Italy and the Human Rights Youth Organisation will establish a network of support in conflict zones, such as hotspots, implementing educational youth projects at local and international level. On the other hand, France is a major gateway for refugees and its experience to numerous relevant issues of the actual project will be of great interest. Greece, Italy and France receive in their territories refugees and migrants and this european program is an important opportunity to collaborate, exchange practices, ways of handling difficult situations, incorporate them (each partner) to their reality, since we face comparable situations with refugees and use this material to the future.
This project targets in raising awareness, enabling action and promotion through two key activities:
- The development of an applicable toolbox for children refugees and potentially trainee-refugees as well as the teachers-trainers who will be called to instruct the refugees. Its content concerns material and workshops of each implementation to children, adolescents and adults, which will be carried out by teachers-trainers, as well as stakeholders of a non- formal education.
- The organization and the implementation of seminars of the Regional Directorate of Primary and Secondary Education of Central Macedonia in European countries, which will be addressed to teachers, researchers and stakeholders who take action on the subject of the educational use of refugee/migrant flows, in order to exchange good practices of the present subject and possible cooperation in future use of the toolbox by its future users.
The design and implementation of a rubric for the evaluation of the whole program aiming in its reconstruction, based on needs and results and keeping its adjustment to the constantly changing needs of the refugees.
Furtherly, it is possible to follow up through a process and visualization of the results, so as for them to be used to perceive space, expectation and specialties that each group of refugees partakes. Finally, we would like to raise awareness of the local communities (adults and children) on the refugees’ phenomenon under the actual form of its present situation through the involvement of the local communities in this task.