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WELCOMMON HOSTEL in the list of the 20 “hotest destinations” proposed by Hostelling International Canada

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These are 20 of the hottest destinations to visit in 2020…
And, our WELCOMMON HOSTEL in the list of the 20 “hotest destinations”!

December 18, 2019

It feels like Thanksgiving was five minutes ago and Easter was last week, but here we are at the end of 2019. And if you’ve got any cash left after Christmas shopping, it’s time to book a getaway in the New Year. So whip out the calendar and get planning—from the ends of the Earth to your own backyard, these are 20 of the hottest destinations to visit in 2020.

Hostelling International Canada proposes:
“9. Athens
Out of the ruins of millennia-old landmarks (and the rubble of a much more recent financial crisis) emerges one of Europe’s most exciting – and affordable – destinations. Athens appears on Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2020 for its great-value food and drink scene, long list of free attractions (the Parthenon doesn’t cost a cent), and friendly exchange rate.
Book your bed at the recently opened Welcommon Hostel, a sustainable seven-floor property run by an eco-friendly co-operative”

The experience of an american student volunteering in Welcommon Hostel teaching english to refugees

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Hello. I am Hope.
From late September to late November I volunteered at Welcommon Hostel with Wind of Renewal.
Though stressful, this was an incredible experience. When I started by shadowing the English-language teacher’s classes, I enjoyed getting to observe and then help with pronunciation and spelling when needed. It was challenging at that point in trying to think about how I would lead my classes as each class was so different and what I would teach them.
 
When it got closer to the time of my teaching I was incredibly nervous. I have never taught in such a capacity before and I only speak English. Planning and creating lessons was hard because I didn’t have much structure to follow. Welcommon Hostel and Wind of Renewal lets the volunteers lead the class how they want and I did not know what things English language classes are supposed to cover.
 
However, it became a lot easier to create the lessons when the students would give input into what they wanted to learn and I would try to base the class around their interests as much as possible. Not only did it make teaching the class easier, but the students were more engaged and the class was overall more fun! It also got easier when I got an English Language textbook. Having a book showed me the format that should be followed and how to teach the tenses in the best way possible.
 
On the last day of classes when I put a verb on the board and made them conjugate the word in every tense and create a sentence using the conjugated verb, seeing the progress the students had made from their respective first classes was so rewarding. On my last day of teaching, I tested the students on what we had learned. I felt this beneficial as it would help the next teachers (who were sitting in) see where the students were at in their English-language speaking abilities. As well, I was able to get answers to some of the questions I had when teaching as the students vocally told me they enjoyed the class, and would sometimes tell me during class what they wished I would do better (speak slower, spend more time focusing on teaching, having a more accessible way to communicate across the language barrier, etc).
 
My time at Welcommon, while challenging, was incredibly rewarding and pushed me in ways I truly have never been pushed before.

“Wind of Renewal”, six years of innovation and activities with social and ecological impact

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The end of the year is an opportunity to review activities, redesign and develop new initiatives. Wind of Renewal is in this process, entering its 6th anniversary, although it looks like we have already closed a few decades while operating. During these years we have achieved rich work on social innovation and economy, climate protection, energy transition and energy model change. Our work reflects on all 5 of the European distinctions we have received over the years for our work. But what seems outward is only a small part of the energy and soul-giving we are giving.

2019 was a difficult but also an exciting year for the Wind of Renewal, the social partnership we created with a small group of people willing to contribute to the changes that our society and world need. We have had many difficulties but continue to be empowered or start new interesting activities and approaches that have significant social and ecological impact.

The WELCOMMON Refugee Center was closed at the end of February 2018, after 1.5 years of operation, because, as we were told, “no such innovation-based transition centers were needed” (our model was based on empowerment through creation of communities) and the Funding for housing of vulnerable refugees stopped. We were financially covered all the remaining integration and empowerment programs that were demanding and innovative. It was expected that the “big refugee centers” would close (WELCOMMON was treated like a… camp, Schisto or Moria!). We were closed and all refugees had to move to apartments and find their way there. During the operation of the centre, we hosted in a cooperative spirit, in a community based model, around 160 refugees -a total of 600 people over a period of 1.5 years- , from 22 ethnicities, who spoke 14 languages​​ and dialects and represented almost all major religions. They were some of the most vulnerable among refugees. It is no coincidence that we have hosted very vulnerable people (victims of rape, trafficking, people with disabilities, serious health problems or even cancer, severe psychological or even psychiatric problems, single parent families with many children, the majority being women and children, while 41 healthy children were born during the operation of our center!).

But most importantly for our model, WELCOMMON (Welcome in Common, that is, not only for refugees but also #withrefugees and with / for the local community) was the empowerment of refugees through the creation of a “community” , through art therapy, the participation of refugees themselves in the operation of the center as well as in actions to improve the neighborhood or to help other people of all backgrounds. It was for many a new beginning – and on a solid basis in their lives – no just an occasion to sleep in a decent place and eat a plate of food:

  • changing roles for empowerment,
  • providing the chance for a refugee to become a teacher, to take responsibilities, roles, to offer services to others in need, to showcase his/her knowledge,
  • to travel as a “tourist” to overcome the fear and trauma of the dangerous journey to “safety”,
  • to cook for the locals to get acquainted with the different cuisines,
  • to bring the children back to normal, safe society and context.

It is no coincidence that even today we receive hundreds of visitors from every continent who want to know about our “experiment” or that it has become a “source” for university education, research and analysis.

When the housing program stopped abruptly, despite the shock we experienced from such a sharp decision because we had to close the innovative center within 40 days, move all visiting refugees to places they did not know or did not want to go, lose an experienced personnel of 30 people, think about what we would do with the huge building that we had rented for social purpose and we had spent a lot of money to make it safe and decent.

From WELCOMMMON center for refugees towards an innovative WELCOMMON HOSTEL with social and ecological impact

Despite the financial and other difficulties we faced, we decided to create and implement within 3 months – without the staff, grants, funding and time needed – a social entrepreneurship project that could ensure financial sustainability and have a positive social and ecological impact , to continue our project but also combine it with green innovation.

So, we designed and implemented an innovative Hostel – WELCOMMON HOSTEL – aiming for a sustainable tourism model. We want to host as clients tourists, travelers groups, schools, universities and individuals who seek their own journey to leave a positive rather than a negative, social impact. That is what we call sustainable tourism. At the same time, WELCOMMON HOSTEL wanted to be transformed into a center of social empowerment and integration, green and social innovation, intercultural dialogue, new creative and functional solutions to social and ecological problems, a space for culture and expression.

And we can say that, despite the difficulties and obstacles, or sometimes the cynicism and indifference that we encounter and gives rise to feelings of frustration, we are on a very good road today.

The next day…

We have many plans for this coming year and the next decade, starting from 1/1/2020, on sustainable tourism, social inclusion and empowerment, social entrepreneurship, social and green innovation, fossil fuel independency, transition to renewable energy, education on social and environmental sustainability, job creation in the social and green sectors.

  • We continue the theoretical and practical training of young scientists in Greece and Berlin so that they can work professionally on energy saving and on the implementation of natural heating / cooling systems and we conduct free-of-cost school energy audits in the municipalities of Ag. Demetriou, Vrilissia and Kaisariani to make schools more energy efficient and contribute to climate protection (EUKI YESClima).
  • We are extending the very important experience and educational material on climate action and energy saving in schools under the EUKI “Climate Schools Be.Ath (Athens-Berlin) program and in new schools of various areas, combining a pedagogical approach and technical suggestions.

  • We are all involved (clients, volunteers, refugees, friends) in climate actions.

  • We participate in the effort to strengthen the ecosystem of the social economy through our participation in the Social Entrepreneurship Forum, European networks, activities and workshops as well as the organizing of numerous training and dialogue workshops.
  • We support local initiatives and actions of social interest and social innovation.
  • We continue to engage numerous volunteers from every corner of the globe (hosted in the volunteer space at WELCOMMON HOSTEL) with our innovative and inclusive @DaysofWelcommon and #GreenSocialInnovationESC programs for empowerment and social inclusion, intercultural dialogue, green social innovation, art and culture,  open to all: locals, volunteers, travelers – tourists, refugees and immigrants.
  • WELCOMMON HOSTEL has already become a center for social and ecological activities, (inter) cultural events, seminars, education, workshops, poetry, music, theater, stand-up comedy, youth exchanges and ErasmusPlus programs, in other words a meeting center for young people and students from every corner of the globe.
  • Almost all of our clients are actively supporting our choices for a sustainable tourism model that contributes to reducing the ecological footprint and empowering the local community while rejecting discrimination and exclusion.

  • We are gradually converting WELCOMMON HOSTEL not only into a social space, but also into a greener hostel that, step by step, reduces dependence on fossil fuels (oil) and becomes more and more “solar“. It is not an easy way but we have already started with the reduction of oil use with the immediate aim of reducing the use of oil for heating water by at least 80%. The next phase is to heat and cool the building (3200 square meters, capacity of 167 people in separate rooms of 2,3,4 people or dormitories of 4 or 8 people) with natural systems as well as generate as much electricity as possible from renewable sources.

  • We apply a waste minimizing system, especially reducing one-way plastics, increasing seperation at source and recycling, while the whole WELCOMMON HOSTEL was based on a rational upcycling and re-use, which is actually an example of how we can combine reuse with high quality aesthetic effect and functionality.

  • We are involved or working with many European and international networks, universities, social agencies across the globe and we are part of the change we want to see happen, not just talk about it.

  • We continue a project that is very innovative across a range of sectors – not just one – despite the difficulties and obstacles that exist in our country, such as the difficulty of accessing financial tools for innovative actions (but even financing simple needs), social crisis, lack of social awareness, individualism, limited volunteering and effective participation in activities that have a social and environmental impact. But, on the other hand, we are lucky enough to be with people from all over the world who gove a part of themselves and their souls, people who appreciate our work and stay involved, people who leave the warmth of their home and come to help without waiting a materialistic benefit, but receive experiences, feelings, knowledge. So we continue our creative journey through 2020.
  • If you would like to know more, join in or help send a message to windofrenewal@gmail.com and we’ll get back to you right away.
  • You can also follow our work on social media:

ANEMOΣ ΑΝΑNEΩΣΗΣ / WIND of RENEWAL (social cooperative for social – green economy)

W: www.anemosananeosis.gr

Fb  www.facebook.com/social.cooperatives

        www.facebook.com/daysofwelcommon

Μ: windofrenewal@gmail.com

WELCOMMON HOSTEL, an innovative hostel with social and green impact

www.welcommonhostel.gr

www.facebook.com/welcommonhostel

 

Young students from 33 countries all over Europe will travel to Brussels to discuss #ClimateChange

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Young students from 33 countries all over Europe will travel to Brussels to discuss #ClimateChange & the future of our planet. It is the 11th edition of the #youth plenary event which will take place on 19-20th of March 2020! Climate change is on everyone’s mind, and young people all over the globe are mobilising to save the planet. The European Economic and Social Committee is joining the movement and asking the young participants at YEYS for the best way forward in protecting our planet. This year’s event will model an international climate change conference (COP).

The Committee is interested in hearing students’ fresh ideas on how to deal with the current climate crisis and how to come closer to meeting the 2050 climate-neutral ambitions. Students will be asked to represent a country and negotiate with each other, in order to come up with recommendations to stop climate change. These recommendations will be submitted to international environment policy-makers and discussed at conferences around Europe throughout the year. During YEYS, the students will also be put in contact with international youth organisations that will help them translate these recommendations into concrete measures and make their voice heard.

YEYS 2020 – Selected schools

  • Albania Turgut Ozal, Tirana
  • Austria Bundesbildungsanstalt für Sozialpädagogik und Elementarpädagogik, St. Poelten
  • Belgium Maritiem Instituut Mercator, Oostende
  • Bulgaria St. Cyril and Methodius High School, Yakoruda
  • Croatia High School Mate Balota Poreč, Poreč
  • Cyprus Paralimni Lyceum, Paralimni
  • Czech Republic Střední škola technických oborů, Havířov
  • Denmark ZBC Gymnasiet Ringsted, Ringsted
  • Estonia Koeru Keskkool, Koeru, Järvamaa
  • Finland Iisalmen Lyseo, Iisalmi
  • France Lycée Joseph Gaillard, Fort-de-France
  • Germany Freiherr-vom-Stein-Gymnasium Lünen, Lünen
  • Greece 2nd Gerakas Senior High School, Gerakas Pallinis
  • Hungary Szent István Sport Általános Iskola és Gimnázium, Jászberény
  • Ireland St. David’s CBS, Dublin
  • Italy I.T.T. Enrico Fermi, Siracusa
  • Latvia Jana Ivanova Rezekne music secondary school, Rezekne
  • Lithuania Vilniaus Žemynos gymnasium, Vilnius
  • Luxembourg Lycée Aline Mayrisch Luxembourg, Luxembourg
  • Malta De La Salle Sixth Form Birgu
  • Montenegro JUSMŠ «Ivan Goran Kovačić», Herceg – Novi
  • Netherlands Haarlemmermeerlyceum, Hoofddorp
  • North-Macedonia SOSU «Sv. Kiril i Metodij», Ohrid
  • Poland I Liceum Ogólnokształcące im. M. Kopernika,Toruń
  • Portugal Escola Secundária com 3º Ciclo de Fernão Mendes Pinto, Almada
  • Romania National College «Ienachiță Văcărescu», Târgoviște
  • Serbia Gimnazija «Svetozar Marković», Novi Sad
  • Slovakia Obchodna akademia, Kukucinova 2, Trnava, Trnava
  • Slovenia Gimnazija Nova Gorica, Nova Gorica
  • Spain Ieso La Pola De Gordón, La Pola de Gordón
  • Sweden Uddevalla Upper Secondary School, Uddevalla
  • Turkey Pendik Fatih Anadolu lisesi, İstanbul
  • United Kingdom Baysgarth School, Barton-upon-Humber
  • EU European School EEBIII, Bruxelles

Good news: The Social Economy Intergroup in European Parliament has been renewed

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The Social Economy Intergroup (SEIG) has been renewed. Over 100 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) of the main political groups expressed their interest in renewing the Social Economy Intergroup. The decision was taken on the 19th of December 2019, by the Conference of Presidents of the European Parliament.

The Social Economy Intergroup will play a key role in establishing a political dialogue with the European Commission to develop an ambitious European Action Plan for the Social Economy, announced some weeks ago by Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen, in her mission letter to Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights, Nicolas Schmit.

The Social Economy Intergroup will be of outmost importance to mainstream the social economy perspective in the main EU’s social, economic and environmental policies, such as the Green New Deal, the SME and Industrial Strategies, the digital Single Market policies, the European Pillar of Social Rights, the agenda for the implementation of the SDGs or the external action of the EU.

Social Economy Europe (SEE) President, Juan Antonio Pedreño, commented : “I would like to thank all the MEPs that have supported the renewal of the Social Economy Intergroup and also all European Social Economy actors that have demonstrated, once again that alone, we are invisible, but together, we are unstoppable and capable of building a more sustainable European Union”. 

The Social Economy Europe is the umbrella organization for social economy and the voice of social economy enterprises and organizations in Europe. It is the secretariat of the European Parliament’s Social Economy Intergroup. It provides a strong logistical support to the social economy intergroup. The intergroup works in a transparent and accountable manner. A publicly accessible webpage for the social economy intergroup is available on SOCIAL ECONOMY EUROPE’s website

The Social Economy Europe gathered the interest of MEPs. At the end of September, Patrizia Toia (S&D, IT), a long-time supporter of social economy, Nicolas Schmit (S&D, LU), MEP and Commissioner-Designate for jobs and Dolors Montserrat (EPP, ES), Leopoldo López (EPP, ES), Sven Giegold (Greens/EFA, DE) and Monica Semedo (Renew, LU) sent a letter to the 751 MEPs to encourage them to reestablish the Social Economy Intergroup.

About the social economy in Europe: 

The social economy is an essential part of the European economic and social landscape formed by a diversity of enterprises and organisations such as cooperatives, mutuals, associations, foundations, social enterprises or paritarian institutions of social protection.

In the EU there are 2.8 million social economy enterprises and organisations, that employ 13.6 million people and account for 8% of the EU’s GDP.

 About the Social Economy Intergroup in the European Parliament

The Social Economy Intergroup is a platform for exchange between members of the European Parliament (MEPs) and members of the civil society. It represents an essential link into the democratic process of the European Union. Objectives:

  • to promote exchanges of views on EU policies and legislation linked to social economy issues,
  • to provide regular opportunities for dialogue between MEPs, social economy experts, European Commission officials, civil society representatives and other relevantstakeholders,
  • to bring together MEPs from all political parties and all member states,
  • to ensure that the European Parliament, the European Commission and the Council of Ministers take into account the social economy and its actors whilst developing their policies.

ACTIONS:

  • Meetings

Meetings are organised every two months on a regular basis, either in Strasbourg or Brussels. They bring together MEPs, representatives of other EU institutions and representatives of civil society.

  • Monitoring of legislation

The intergroup follows closely the work of the European Parliament’s Committees. It can make proposals, and inform MEPs about relevant issues for the social economy.

  • Memorandums

Considered as genuine awareness raising tools, memorandums have been developed in view of a greater recognition of the social economy.

  • Parliamentary questions

The intergroup can call upon the Council and/or the European Commission to offer a clear answer to questions of concern to social economy actors on a wide range of topics.

  • Events

Support is provided to the organisation of events aimed at the promotion of parliamentary work on social economy.

  • Relation with the press

The social economy intergroup is also able to disseminate information to the press in order to inform the European citizens of matters of interest.

ACHIEVEMMENTS:

  • History

The social economy intergroup already has a positive track record.

Created in 1990, it was successively chaired by French MEP Marie-Claude VAYSSADE, Italian MEP Fiorella GHILARDOTI, French MEP Marie-Hélène GILLIG, and Belgium MEP Philippe BUSQUIN. Throughout the years, the social economy intergroup has played a significant role in the EU democratic process.

  • EP Own initiative report on social economy

In 2005, members of the intergroup triggered the demand for the establishment of an own initiative report on Social economy in the European Parliament. The request was accepted in 2008. Italian MEP Patrizia TOIA was appointed rapporteur for the Employment and Social Affairs Committee. The report was adopted in plenary on 19th February 2009 with nearly 80% of the votes in favor.

  • Organisation

The intergroup bi-monthly meetings have provided precious opportunities for discussion for more than 30 EU and national level organisations.

European Action Plan for the Social Economy: confirmed!

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On December 1st, European Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen stated in her mission letter to Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights, Nicolas Schmit: “You will develop a European Action Plan for the social economy to enhance social innovation”.

Social Economy Europe (SEE) President, Juan Antonio Pedreño, commented: “I would like to congratulate President Von der Leyen for this courageous decision of boosting the social economy across the EU to co-construct an economy that works for people and the planet. We are ready to cooperate with Commissioner Nicolas Schmit and with the entire Commission to enter this new era of EU policies for the social economy”.

SEE has been consistently calling for a European Action Plan for the Social Economy since 2014. In 2018 the SEE presented a the policy paper “The future of EU policies for the Social Economy: towards a European Action Plan” that was submitted, in cooperation with the Social Economy Intergroup, to former Commission Vice-President Jyrki Katainen.

President Pedreño added: “This opportunity is the result of a collective success of all social economy actors that working together contribute to build a more prosperous and sustainable European Union. I would also like to acknowledge the fundamental support that the social economy has received from many Institutions, Member States and the Social Economy Intergroup and its members. Today I would like to pay tribute to the tireless commitment of our friend Jens Nilsson, former co-Chair of the Intergroup, who left us in 2018”.

Furthermore, this announcement enhances the need to renew the European Parliament’s Social Economy Intergroup to work hand in hand with the European Commission to develop a successful European Action for the Social Economy.

About the social economy in Europe:

The social economy is an essential part of the European economic and social landscape formed by a diversity of enterprises and organisations such as cooperativesmutualsassociationsfoundationssocial enterprises or paritarian institutions of social protection.  In the EU there are 2.8 million social economy enterprises and organisations, that employ 13.6 million people and account for 8% of the EU’s GDP.

Social Economy Europe (SEE) is the voice of the 2.8 million social economy enterprises and organisations.

Volunteering with Wind of Renewal / Anemos Ananeosis

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Since September 2016 Wind of Renewal hosted more than 300 volunteers from all over the world for social and ecological actions. Here are some useful materials for the new volunteers:

Code of Conduct for VOLUNTEERS en- 2019-2020

The Volunteers_Welcome_Pack_2019-2020 if you want to partcipate in volunteering with the social cooperative Wind of Renewal

WELCOMMON HOSTEL Volunteer Rules 2019-2020

YESClima project: Greater Energy Efficiency for Athens Buildings

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EUKI’s YESclima project held a workshop in mid-September on “Energy efficiency in buildings and natural techniques to cool/heat buildings”. One topic at this workshop was a presentation of the results of energy audits, conducted by students trained in the project.

The Greek organisation Wind of Renewal hosted this event. They invited the project partners – the University of Cadiz, the Energy Agency of Cadiz, the Free University of Berlin and the Secretariat for Future Studies – to the Welcommon Hostel in Athens. Representatives of other organisations such as the Center for Renewable Energy Sources & Saving (CRES), the Hellenic Passive House Institute and the Mayor of Agios Dimitrios also took part in the event.

Presentation during the YESclima Conference

The participants exchanged on the opportunities and challenges of energetic refurbishment of public buildings. Photo: YESclima

At the conference, eight students from Greece and Spain presented the results of energy audits at schools and other buildings in the regions of Cadiz (Spain) and Attica (Greece). The students had developed proposals for energy saving measures. These primarily focus on natural cooling and heating techniques and a change in the attitude of those who use the buildings. The students used energy bills to analyse the current situation in the buildings. They also reported on a study trip to Berlin at the end of August where they found out about natural technologies on cooling and heating in Berlin and Brandenburg.

Young people build house from straw bales

During a study trip to Berlin, the students built houses from straw bales, clay and wood. Photo: YESclima

The many experts present shared ideas about the opportunities and challenges of the work required to upgrade the energy performance of public buildings. “The difficulties are massive but the benefits are even greater,” commented Evi Tzanakaki from the CRES Centre. Stefanos Pallantzas from the Hellenic Passive House Institute added that action was needed quickly.

For example, George Drallos, a Board member of EBHE, the Greek Solar Industry Association, presented specific concepts. He emphasised: “Greece is the first country in Europe that has established significant production of thermal solar collectors and storage units.” However, energy efficiency also depends on how people use the buildings, commented Konstantinos Karampourniotis, Co-President of Living Prospects: “You make a difference if you change your user behaviour.”

More events for the project will be taking place in the next few weeks. YESclima, a project of the European Climate Initiative (EUKI), promotes greater energy efficiency in public buildings in Greece and Spain and particularly highlights the possible positive effects for the labour market.

Presentation of the results of the project “Climate Schools Ath.Be”

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Open Event

Presentation of the results of the project to the Municipality of Athens & the Ministry of Education

OPEN SCHOOLS FOR CLIMATE PROTECTION & ENERGY SAVING 2017-2019, Be.At.

Friday, 29th November 2019

Duration: 17.00pm – 20.00pm

Πολιτιστικό Κέντρο «Μελίνα»

Ηρακλειδών 66, Αθήνα 118 51

In the framework of implementation of the project “Open Societies and Schools in Climate Protection and Energy Transition, Climate school Be.At” the closing event of the project will take place on Friday 29 November 2019 between 17:00 and 20:00 at the “Melina” Cultural Center (66 Herakleidon street, Thiseio).

The event includes a short presentation of the results of the program and an open discussion of the experiences of the schools by students and teachers and a presentation of the toolboxes.

Moreover, during the event, it will be presented the educational research and the Action Plan on energy saving and climate change in the schools of the Municipality of Athens that were implemented.

Please see the program of the event: EN_event 29 11 2019 

17:00 – 17:15 Attendance
Greetings
17:15-17:50 •  Dimitra-Ines Angeli-Lykoudi

Executive Counselor for the Child of Municipality of Athens

•  Kostas Bakoyiannis

Mayor of Athens

•  Sofia Zacharaki

Deputy Minister of Education

•  George Patoulis

Governor of Attica Region

•  Ulrike Leis / Miriam Dirichs

European Climate Initiative (EUKI)

Projections

Video created by EUKI: Good Practices on climate action

 

Open Discussion: The partnership & the impact of the project
17:50-18:20 •  Dimitra-Ines Angeli-Lykoudi, Municipality of Athens

•  Reiner Schiller-DickhutHilde Schramm, Respect for Greece

•  Nikos Chrysogelos, Wind of Renewal

•  Oliver Ritter- Florian Kliche, Independent Institute of Environmental Issues / UfU

The results of the project up today
18:20-18:30 The contribution of the “Open Schools for Climate Protection and Energy Saving 2017-2019, Berlin-Athens” program in the school community.

The involvement of the pilot schools’ communities in project activities.

Kostis Kontogiannis

Academic coordinator of the program

18:30-18:45 The educational research implemented & its results

Panagiotis Piliouras

Coordinator of the research context & co-author of the Action Plan

18:45-19:10

 

The experience of pupils, teachers and students’ parents from their participation in the program. Open discussion.

Projections

Videos created by the pupils during the implementation of the program’s implementation.

Videos from the climate campaign.

 

19:15-19:45 The Action Plan for awareness raising of energy consumption and climate change in the school communities.

Maria Dimopoulou

Curriculum design and development of educational materials& co-author of the Action Plan

Getting to know the educational suitcases with the equipment of the program

Demonstration of the educational suitcases with the measuring instruments used by the pupils to measure, record and analyze the energy situation of their school and formulate an energy saving action plan.

The demonstration will be implemented by the researchers: Eva Grigoriadou & Maya Moschandreou

 

The identity of the program:

Participation of 200 teachers from 71 schools of the Municipality of Athens in the multi-level program of training, research, raising awareness and action on climate and energy savings. Partners include the Municipality of Athens, the Social Cooperative Wind of Renewal, the German Citizens’ Initiative Respect for Greece and the German Independent Institute for Environmental Issues (UfU).

The European Climate Initiative (EUKI) is a project financing instrument by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMUB). It is the overarching goal of the EUKI to foster climate cooperation within the European Union in order to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions. It does so through strengthening cross-border dialogue and cooperation as well as exchange of knowledge and experience. For more Information on the EUKI:www.euki.de

The program is under the auspices of the Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs