Greece: Lack of individual and social responsibility in relation to their peers and the school environment - BePart
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Greece: Lack of individual and social responsibility in relation to their peers and the school environment

Greece: Lack of individual and social responsibility in relation to their peers and the school environment

In the 2o Gymnasio Geraka the European project ERASMUS+ “BePart” was implemented throughout the school year online through the webex platform, due to the Covid pandemic. Nevertheless, there has been great progress and both its implementation and diffusion have progressed to a very good level.

The students of the project worked on the issue of: “Lack of individual and social responsibility in relation to their peers and the school environment” through the EAR Model of Youth Participation. The students played a theater-forum, which was shooted in our school yard. After that, they claimed that they were more aware of issues like bullying, respect of others and environmental issues.

In order to improve their school environment, they sought cooperation with Teachers’ Association, Parents’ Association, Students’ Council, Staff of school.

They also created a survey submitted by the majority of the students of our school. The key results of this survey guided our students’ actions.

 Implementation tangible results:

  1. Exterior painting of school.
  2. The classrooms were painted with colors that resemble nature (green for green valleys, blue for sea, yellow and orange for sun).
  3. Cleaning of toilets (Door and wall painting, Tile cleaning, Replacement of light bulbs).
  4. The curtains were washed, sewn, new knots were inserted.
  5. Old historical maps adorn the walls of the classrooms.
  6. School Garden (Enrichment of our herbs, Creation of a small greenhouse for our zucchini).
  7. Guidelines for measures for the pandemic (masks, distance, antiseptic).
  8. Guidelines for dealing with bullying and cyberbullying.

Our students organized also the 1st students meeting and participated in the 2nd and 3rd ones.

Implementation intangible results:

The students acquired presentation, organization and communication skills. They were very much involved in the project, exercising creative and critical thinking, coming up with new ideas that were very eager to implement. This contributed to their becoming more responsible and active citizens.

Great emphasis was given to the diffusion of the project which was done online in the following stages:

Week 5-9 April 2021: This week a series of presentations and actions of the students of the European program ERASMUS + KA3 “BePart” to the students of the school took place. Through this project we try to reinforce the participating students with active citizenship skills but at the same time we strengthen the sense of individual and collective responsibility of the whole school community. Many students after the presentation made their own suggestions for improvement for our school.

Monday, 12th of April 2021: the students of the project presented their actions and research to the Parents’ Association and to the   parents of all students, hoping for their help and their suggestions for improving the  school environment.

Week 16 – 20 April 2021: Meetings were held with the Primary schools of the region of Gerakas (2nd, 4th and 7th Primary School of Gerakas), where extensive reference was made to the actions and results of the European program ERASMUS + KA3 “BePart”.

Thursday, 22nd of April 2021 in the context of the Earth Day: An event was held with the theme “Individual and collective responsibility”, a co-organization of the Municipality of Pallini with the 2o Gymnasio of Gerakas. The event was attended by the Mayor of Pallini, the Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Education, the Director of Secondary Education of Eastern Attica, many principals, deputy principals, teachers and students of schools of the Municipality of Pallini. The students of the project informed the guests about their research and actions within the European Program ERASMUS + KA3 “BE PART – Youth Led Development for Schools Participatory Management”, which aims at involving young people in school decision-making, in order to obtain the skills of the active citizen. They also asked for the audience’s experience and suggestions on issues related to the subject, with the ultimate goal of implementing additional actions in our school. The action was published in the local press of the municipality of Pallini “The voice of Gerakas”

Tuesday 18th of May 2021: The 2o Gymnasio of Gerakas, hosted  the event “ACT – ACTive Citizenship – Utilizing knowledge and skills”, within the European program Erasmus + KA3 “ACT – ACTive citizenship”, coordinated by the Ministry of Education. Greetings were addressed by the Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Education and the Director of Secondary Education of Eastern Attica. Students of 15 schools of the prefecture of Attica and other prefectures of Greece, presented their activities associated with active citizenship. Our students had the opportunity to present their activities through the Erasmus+ KA3 “BePart”.

Participation in the Panhellenic Competition “Bravo schools”, which promotes actions and good practices, related to the 17 global goals of sustainable development. The school activities regarding the Erasmus + KA3 BePart “Individual and Social responsibility towards the environment and peers” were linked to goal 12 of sustainable development related to responsible consumption and production.