Partners of the Project
1. Coordinator : Municipality of Elefsina (EL)
Eleusis (Greek: Ελευσίνα Elefsina, Ancient Greek: Ἐλευσίς Eleusis) is a town and municipality in West Attica, Greece. It is situated about 20 kilometres northwest from the city of Athens. It is located in the Thriasian Plain, at the northernmost end of theSaronic Gulf. North of Eleusis are Mandra and Magoula, while Aspropyrgos is to the northeast. It constitutes the administrative centre of the wider area and the headquarters of the region of Western Attica.
It is the site of the Eleusinian Mysteries and the birthplace of Aeschylus. To divulge the secret of the Eleusinian Mysteries was only to the initiates. The site was the second most important in ancient Greece, after Delphi.
Today, Elefsina is a major industrial centre, with the largest oil refinery in Greece as well as the home of the Aeschylia Festival, the longest-lived arts event in Attica Region.
During the 21st century Eleusis is developed into a modern town which disposes of the distinctions of a glorious past.
The Archaeological Site and its Museum constitute areas of international promotion and tourist attraction. Furthermore, the Festival "Aeschylians", the cultural events organized by the Municipality each autumn, is nowadays an institution that gives the possibility of expression of modern cultural matters of the town.
Therefore, alongside with the economic development, the ongoing efforts for in-frastructural improvement and protective environmental measures, efforts are made from the side of public authorities, private associations and individuals, for rehabilitationof the spiritual character of the town, so as to be worthy of the heritage that bears the name "Eleusis".
On 11 November 2016 Elefsina was named the European Capital of Culture for 2021. Elefsina 2021, was promoted under the slogan‘Transition to EUphoria’. It is focusing on three main challenges facing sustainability – environmental, social and personal – and
aiming to answer the question ‘what would a city be like if art and culture were at the heart of every human activity?’ ThroughoutElefsina’s time as the European Capital of Culture, 12 major programmes (consisting of a series of artistic events) will be organised,one for each month of the year.
The year 2021 is also important for Greece as it will mark the 200th anniversary of the War of Independence, which led to the establishment of the modern Greek state. Ancient Eleusis itself dates back to Mycenaean times. In the classical era it was the site of a huge annual festival celebrating the cult of Demeter, but it was closed by the Roman emperor Theodosius in the 4th century AD.s punishable by death and for 1400 years these secrets were known.
2. 3rd Gymnasium of Elefsina (EL)
The school is situated in Elefsina, a city near Athens It is best known for having been the site of the Eleusinian Mysteries, one of themost famous religious events of the ancient Greece and the birthplace of Aeschylus, one of the three great tragic poets of the ancient times.
Today Elefsina ( Eleusis) is a major industrial centre, with the largest oil refinery in Greece.
During the last 10 years 3rd Gymnasium of Elefsina has a dynamic presence in European projects and networks, as in e twinning Projects, Comenius, Erasmus + KA219. It has won a prize in European Languages Label and always tries to involve its students and teachers in innovative activities and keep in line with the trends of European educational policy.
The same block of buildings and yard are shared by another high school with a different school culture. This coexistence is not without problems, especially during the breaks.
The school has 275 students and 23 teachers. The majority of students come from middle to low socio-economic background andtheir profile is heterogeneous. There are some second generation immigrants mainly from Albania (approx. 15%) and few from countries of Asia or repatriated Greeks from Russia or Pontos (as it is called).
There is a small percentage of Muslims and Roma with usually high level of early school leaving.
The school unit has a fixed staff synthesis, without any significant staff movements. Most teachers are lifelong trainees participating in seminars, training courses etc, inspired by the same vision and ideas. The friendly climate enhances the collaboration and smooth function in every aspect.
The school organizes every year study trips abroad. The artistic performances (theatrical plays, musicals, etc), the focus on ICT and experiential activities and generally the participation of the school in any innovative action concerning education gives it a lead to
the preferences of the parents.
3. Athens Makerspace (EL)
Athens Makerspace is a young non profit organisation, founded in March 2016, with a great vision: ‘Every person, of every age, must have access to the tools and knowledge needed to implement his ideas.’
It is a physical space, located in Kesariani close to the centre of Athens, that provides open access to traditional and latest fabrication technologies, such as 3D printing, laser cutting, woodworking, sewing and many more.
We are an education focused makerspace developing a wide range of classes and project based workshops. We believe in learning through experimentation and failure, as it is the way to success – F.A.I.L.= First Attempt In Learning. That is why we take fun very
seriously. Because learning requires devotion.
In this inspiring environment a community of makers is growing. Our members are encouraged to innovate, prototype solutions and fix the world. Meet other makers, learn and share their knowledge. It is a place for those who love craftsmanship to network and turn their ideas into reality.
Our goal is to spread awareness of new technologies, provide affordable public access to fabrication tools, educate locals from all ages and backgrounds on how to embrace the emerging DIY community and the maker movement. This will be our plan of action to fight the economic and social crisis in our country, from the bottom-up, 'hands-on'.
Siderno Municipality is an institutional body looking at local and European policies that through the European Office, an important operational tool, provides assistance to all sectors for the implementation of local and community development projects promoting the crossing between territory demands and opportunities at local, national and European level.
The Municipality, as a local public authority, deals with the social, economic and productive development and deals with people’ development taking care to implement learning and training courses which that could guide the individual during his lifetime satisfying his needs and his requirements and trying to give young people the right job opportunities and improvement at a professional level in an area where there are considerable difficulties in obtaining employment, making the young aware of matters of European interest and helping them to take part in the many initiatives offered by the European Union.
Siderno Municipality, with the presence of a structured staff, it's in charge with the planning and coordination of all kinds of educational and training activities in public schools and it carries out the planning and delivery of services closely linked to education.
Its activities are linked to:
- the management and running of Schools;
- the planning of services in the education system;
- monitoring school's flows and early school leaving;
- coordinate meetings and events in terms of orientation and training choices.
In particular it deals with: define the educational offer of the public schools, in connection with the choices of users and with the prospects of economic development, cultural and social development of the territory; define the plane of the sizing of the public schools, with the aim of ensuring their full functionality, even in relation to the maintenance of a balance between demand for education and organization of training.
To the above mentioned activities we have to add interventions to support students in their educational path (transport support for students with disabilities, provision of scholarships) and offers to students about opportunities to obtain information and support in the delicate choices that characterize their future education and career.
5. Liceo Artistico "M. Preti - A. Frangipane"
Liceo Artistico "M. Preti - A. Frangipane" is an high school located in the heart of an area, primarily touristic and carries out its task of training with highly qualified teachers. Our territory includes the areas of significant cultural, economic and touristic potential.
The curriculum is structured in line with EU guidelines, with entrepreneurship education and development of a vision of changeoriented, initiative, creativity, professional and geographical mobility, and the recruitment of socially responsible behavior. Our institution offers the opportunity to work directly in the working reality by adhering to the demands of external stakeholders and provide students with a chnace to participate in congresses, fairs, conferences and meetings, in art and tourism sector.
6. Associazione Darsana Teranga
Darśana Teranga is a non profit association based in Southern Italy. The association was established as a result of staff's many years’ experience with international projects as well as our work in the area of non formal and informal education for young and adults learners. Over the past 10 years Darśana Teranga team has been involved with E.U. Lifelong Learning all over Europe. and it has a vast international experience across Europe and beyond and find a great interest in facilitating dialogue in contexts characterised by professional as well as cultural diversity.
Team main services are:
Professional education Consultation to organisations, teams and communities (in relation to strategic development, evaluation processes, conflict mediation and much more)
Development of leadership competences Coaching of individuals and teams
The aims of the organisation are the following:
1) promote local and global development and integration.
2) welcoming, equality and solidarity.
3) European citizenship in a broad sense. This is because Europe does not only mean belonging to one of the 27 countries that constitute it, but above all it means making other people coming from all over the world feel European citizens.
4) to support and encourage the transnational mobility as a tool for promoting intercultural dialogue, mutual understanding between peoples and exchange among cultures.
5) to support young people in important decisions about their future by acting as career guidance on the job and vocational training field.
6) to cooperate at local, national and international level with other educational and training organizations, institutional bodies, social partners and NGO.
Furthermore, Darśana Teranga aims to set up a wide international and national partnership network, with Museums, Art Galleries, Theatres, Public and Private Institutions, Universities, Chambers of Commerce and Non Profit Organizations. Darśana Teranga is able to offer a wide range of work experience placement and exchange project opportunities in all sectors. Our participants were mostly supported by grants from European programmes such as Leonardo da Vinci, Socrates - Grundtvig, Comenius, Lingua, and Youth for Europe.
All of the work is based on the positive relational praxis, drawing upon principles of social constructionist and narrative approaches and systemic thinking.
7. Municipality of Barcelos
Barcelos is a Portuguese city in the District of Braga, North Region and sub region of Cávado, with about 20 625 inhabitants.
It is the seat of a municipality with 378.9 km ² and 120,391 inhabitants (2011), divided into 61 parishes. The municipality is bordered to the north by the districts of Viana do Castelo and Ponte de Lima, on the east by Vila Verde and Braga, southeast of Vila Nova de Famalicão, southwest by Povoa de Varzim and west by Esposende.
The highest point of the county is located on top of Sao Goncalo, at 488 meters altitude in Fragoso parish.
Administratively the town of Barcelos, Braga is located in the district. It is one of the twenty-three Portuguese cities with over 100,000 inhabitants. It is bordered to the north by Viana do Castelo and Ponte de Lima, on the east by Vila Verde and Braga, southeast of Vila Nova de Famalicγo, southwest by Povoa de Varzim and west by Esposende.
The council is chaired by Miguel Costa Gomes. It is composed, in addition to the President for ten councilors. There is a Municipal Assembly is the legislative body of the municipality consisting of a president, deputies ninety and eighty-nine Presidents of the
Building where is based the local administration of the municipality of Barcelos, including City Hall, the Municipal Assembly and other municipal services. It has an auditorium where stem the sessions of the Municipal Assembly. In this space lectures are held,conferences, concerts and a large number of activities of the own City Council and community initiatives. The Main Hall is a space dedicated to official receptions and is also widely used for holding concerts, exhibitions and other cultural nature activities. TheGothic Room is used in the realization of different events, mainly cultural.
The Festivals and Traditions Barcelos run the twelve months of the year, more folionas other more religious, not them lack thesolemn processions, traditional music, the figureheads of bighead and p'reiras Zιs, the sweets and traditional snacks.
They symbolize primarily the fusion of the sacred and profane and today transmit our richest and most ancient traditions. But the vibrancy and excitement of the city and county come also from tourist activities and reference events such as Carnival, the Exhibition of Crafts and Ceramics, the Folklore International Festival of Rio, the International Festival of Tourism Films among others that make this city a regional tourism reference.
The present building is the result of renovations and additions from the City Hall early, with ogee arches of the late fifteenth century.
It has undergone major changes in the eighteenth century and an expansion in the nineteenth century. Were they attached, among others, the Hospital of the Holy Spirit, the fourteenth century, the Chapel of Santa Maria and the Church of Mercy of the sixteenth century.
Despite all the progress and transformations inherent in the passage of time in Barcelos Historic Centre, is, today, can see and walkthrough the old medieval hull, well preserved, and therefore is a unique urban landscape endowed with an identity only.
8. Agrupamento de Escolas de Barcelos
The Agrupamento de Escolas de Barcelos was born on 4 July 2012, due to the unification of Abel Varzim School and Barcelos Secondary school.
It is about an Union of schools with an important dimension, with the implantation in an extended area of Barcelos District, in the two banks of the Cαvado river, and it gives an educational response to student people from Barcelos urban area to Pσvoa de Varzim and Esposende's district borderline.
The area of influence of the Union is felt deeply in the communities of Barcelos, Arcozelo, Vila Boa, Vila Fresquinha, Barqueiros, Cristelo, Faria, Fornelos, Gilmonde, Milhazes, Paradela, Vila Seca e Vilar de Figos but it is extended, through traditional strength previous to have been composed, across for all communities of Barcelos, in particular those communities set close to Cαvado river. In spite of it is a new Union, in this first year of existence, the initial configuration already suffered change, due to opening of Gilmonde School Center, which it includes the previous schools of Fornelos, Gilmonde, and Vila Seca, and clousing Foria's kindergarten. These changes, similarly to a fusion, due to the administrative effects, between Paradela 1° cycle school and Paradela kindergarten, brought the Union to became, in this school year, from 14 to 9 schools, the total number of organic unity.
Internally, in addition to the management, that it is set in Barcelos Secondary School, the Union is organized through 5 coordination of establishment, that is, the EVEN 2,3 Abel Verzim School, in Vila. Seca.,Barqueiros School Center, Gilmonde School Center, Milhaze Elementary School and thecoordination of joint of the Estabilishment EB1 of Igreja-Criteria, EB1/JI of Ferreiros- Cristelo and EB1 of Paradela. The AEB is a secondary school with general course and also has an element of professional courses (vocational).
We have vocational courses tourism, sports, animation, child support, robotics, computer
The school is in the heart of the city of Barcelos. The school has 50 years of existence.
We have a organizηγo various activities, it is a very dynamic school with many projects. It is a very international school. We partner since 2009 already with 20 constituent countries of the European community, we held so far over 600 mobilities with students and teachers.
We have other important projects at national and international level, as small scientists Network, where we receive each year a Nobel Chemistry.The Academy of Rio, is another improtante activity, the open school.We are a reference school in the city and in the district of Braga.
Associacio Intercultural Amigos da Mobilidade (A.I.A.M.) is a non-profit association, which specializes in European Internships Programs, promotes, organizes and supports international mobility programs, international meetings on topics of mutual interest,
multiculturality and interculturality.
We are based in Braga District, northern Portugal, very close to the Atlantic Ocean. In Portugal, we can organize mobilities in Braga, Barcelos, Esposende Beach, Praia da Rocha (Algarve) and Funchal (Madeira Island). A.I.A.M. aims at being a cohesive and dynamic space, creating educational, cultural, social and recreational projects which promoteits mission, values and goals.
The projects and mobilities promoted by the Association are destined to every citizen, and can take place on a local, national and international level, due to partnerships and networks with other public and private organizations. Any citizen, regardless of age, gender, occupation, race and nationality can become participant of mobilities that A.I.A.M organizes.
Associaηγo Intercultural Amigos da Mobilidade works as host and a receiving organization and intends to offer to the participants of other countries the chance to have vocational orientation and/or labor experience to improve the capacities, to acquire know-how,
to be initiated in a professional career and to achieve success. Associaηγo Intercultural Amigos da Mobilidade is an open door to new projects, where citizens and communities can realize their ideas and their dreams.
During 2012, Intercultural Association Mobility Friends received 263 participants, during 2013 we received 808 participants, during 2014 we received 747 participants, during 2015 we had 3000 and in 2016 we hosted more than 3200 participants from many different countries such as Spain, France, England, Italy, Belgium, Croatia, Greece, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Germany, Sweden, Hungary, Ireland, Turkey, Poland, Romania, Finland, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Macedonia, Netherlands, Switzerland, Uruguay, United States of America, Russia, Morocco and Egypt.
Associacao Intercultural Amigos da Mobilidade has been working in European Internships programs since May 2012, as host and intermediate partner. With more than 4 years of experience and more than 7900 participants hosted in Portugal, the Associacioi Intercultural Amigos da Mobilidade is the largest hosting organisation for European Projects in Portugal.