Meeting

The Solidarity Schools in Greece are selforganised educational structures that have been formed on the basis of covering society’s needs and resisting to the acute inequalities in the country, especially in the last decade.

They function in the frame of free social spaces or as parts of broader solidarity networks or as autonomous learning communities.

From Athens and Piraeus to Thessaloniki and Xanthi, the Solidarity Schools make up a very diverse network of learning communities, that puts forward democracy, social empowerment and collectivity opposite to individualism and inertia.

Our goal is to enrich the public character of education, to stand against every segment of private practice that perceives the educational process as a buissnes or merchandise, in total to oppose to the logic that limits the equal access to learning for every member of our society. We broaden educational needs according to the modern data of our era and we question the aggregative conception of education that is being imposed either from the state or the markets.

We seek to delve further our democratic way of operating, as much on the content sector of education and educational methods as on the one of decision making through the equal participation of every member. In total, we attempt to deconstruct the teacher-centered way of understanding education and learning and to construct the visionary frame of decentralized, autonomous and non-hierarchical educational societies.

With this meeting we are aiming to come together with movements, structures and people from Greece and abroad wishing to cultivate a cohesive visionary frame for our role, to better describe our goals, to highlight and empower «good» practices on the educational spectrum, to broaden the context of subjects that interest us. To defend education as a common commodity, to continue to arrogate through creating!

Saturday, June 16

10.00 – 10.30 Arrivals

10.30 – 11.30

Opening

ROOM: DE CHIRICO EL, EN, FR

The Nationwide Coordination of Solidarity Schools presents itself

Keynote: Asli Odman, instructor at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, member of “Academics for peace”, Turkey

Peace Academics:

Günizi Kartal, Academics with No Campus / Bosphorus University

Latife Akyüz, Frankfurt University

12.00-14.00

1. Social pedagogy, communities of learning and solidarity schools

ROOM: DE CHIRICO EL, EN, FR

Dina Borel-Divari, psychopedagogist, director of the special school “La voie lactée”, Switzerland

Charalambos Baltas, educator, member of the pedagogy group “To Skasiarcheio” (The truancy)

Laurent Ott, dr of philosophy, researcher with specialty in social pedagogics, France

Presentation – coordination:

Vaggelio Blatsouka, teacher of special education

2. Solidarity Schools, SSE (Social and Solidarity Economy) and Commons

OOM: TEACHING OF ART EL, EN

Claudia Nuzzo & Viviana Nigro, Self-managed community of Art, Cultural an Spectacle workers ‘”Ex Asilo Falingieri”, Naples, Italy

Zografia Giakouvaki, Sociologist, Post-graduate researcher on the field of participatory planning, NTUA

Miltos Toskas, teacher, “solidarity school of Heterotopia”, Thessaloniki

Presentation-coordination:

Christos Giovanopoulos, Researcher, Infrademos

14.00 – 15.00

Break

15.00-17.00

1Schools of Immigrants and Refugees – Interculturalism

ROOM: DE CHIRICO EL, ΕΝ

Zubair Muhammad, student, “Athens Open School of Immigrants and Refugees”

Alezini Loxa, lawyer, “Athens Open School of Immigrants and Refugees”

Giorgos Symeonidis, teacher, “Solidarity School of Kardelen”, Xanthi

Anne Weibert, Research partner, Siegen University, Germany

Presentation-coordination:

Nikos Agapakis, “Piraeus Open School for Immigrants”

2. Workshop – Social Movements and Pedagogy

The experiment of school cooperative

ROOM: TEACHING OF ARTS

By pedagogical group “To Skasiarcheio” (The truancy)

Thania Aggeli

Anastasia Giolomiti

Christos Katsaros

Charalambos Baltas

Charis Papadopoulos

Sunday, June 17

10.00-10.30 Arrivals

10.30-12.30

Solidarity Schools as communities of participatory action and democracy

ROOM: DE CHIRICO EL, ΕΝ, FR

Petros Charavitsidis, educator, director of the 132nd primary school of Athens, Attica

Paolo Gilardi, High School teacher in Geneva, trade union for teachers’ rights, Switzerland

Anna-Maria Mavrogeorgi, student, public music school of Alimos

Presentation of research: “What students believe about Solidarity Schools” – Moschoula Douris, Spyros Pagkalos, teachers of secondary education

Presentation-coordination:

Christos Korolis, educator, “Solidarity School of Mesopotamia”

13.00 – 15.00

 Gender Identity in Education

ROOM: DE CHIRICO EL, ΕΝ

Aggelos Skimpas, MA Education and Human Rights, member of the managing group of the “Rainbow School”

Paraskevi Damaskou, actress, member of the board of the “rainbow families”

Theodosis Geltis, PhD on history and Social Anthropology, University of Aegean, member of the “Colour Youth”, society of LGBTQI youth of Athens

Presentation-coordination:

Mariniki Koliaraki, educator, “Solidarity School of Keratsini”

15.30 – 16.30 Close

ROOM: DE CHIRICO EL, ΕΝ, FR

Address

Pireos 256, Ag. Ioannis Rentis 182 33

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