6th Intercultural Primary School
of Eleftherio-Kordelio Thessalonikis
Davaki 18 56334 Eleftherio-Kordelio
Tel and Fax : 00302310761420
Web site: http://6dim-diap-elefth.thess.sch.gr
Principal of the School: Papadopoulos Stergios
(History – Programmes)
our first school 1983-1998
The Sixth Primary School of Eleftheria – Kordelio is situated and functions on the western edge of the town-planning group of Thessaloniki.
The school functioned for the first time during the school year 1983/84 with six classes. It functioned in a rented and unsuitable building in poor condition with consequences even in relation to the safety of the pupils. This situation continued until the school year 1997/1998 when in May 1998 it was transferred to a new building along with the 6th infant school and the 3rd secondary school. As far as the social composition of these pupils is concerned, many come from under- privileged social groups (refugees, foreigners – gipsies).
Social needs and the fight for survival of the local community, with its poor economy, leads to the neglect of the children. During the school year 1998/99 the school was upgraded to a twelve class school and simultaneously renamed the 6th Intercultural All-day Primary School.
|It was renamed ‘intercultural’ because during the years 1998/99, 1999/2000, 2000-01, 2002/03, 2003/04, 2006-07 a programme of intercultural education was put into practice in co-operation with the Institute of Same Race Education and Intercultural Education by three bilingual educators teaching children of refugees, children from the former Soviet Union and children of other nationalities. Mr. Stavros Dajos graduated from the School of Philosophy at the University of Tirana and Mrs. Lora Spiranti and Mrs. Foteini Danilidou are both teachers of Russian philology.||
our new school 1998-
The aim of the intercultural programme is not only the social integration of students and their families with respect in the difference and in the origin, but also to make students capable of dealing with the cross-cultural reality and profit by it, according of course, to democratic, social perceptions and proceedins.
In order to achieve such goals various methods are used:
Educators are trained and made aware of the situation.
Parents are given information and made aware of the situation
There is solidarity of the school towards the neo-refugees, foreigners, gipsies and their families.
There is freedom for multicultural expression.
The support of the creative activities department during the extended hours. (5 departments).
There is recognition and support of the abilities and talent of pupils as well as psychological backing.
With the application of this programme the results are evident. The neo-refugees and the Albanian pupils are being integrated rapidly into the normal teaching process with far fewer problems, ‘relieving’ considerably the class teacher who cannot in the classroom as a whole follow special programmes for them. There is co-operation with the families. We have noticed of course that this remarkable progress of the primary school pupils does not continue into the secondary school. Drop-out rates are very high. Unfortunately for this school year, 2001/02, the programme has not been in operation in any of the intercultural schools.
It again the school year 2002/03 and 2003/04 with two Teachers (Mrs. Foteini Danilidou and Mrs.Dajou Merita).
Apart from the intercultural programme at the school, for the past four years the programme of the University of Ioannina and of the University of Thessalia, has been in progress for the education of gipsy children. The attendance rate of these children at our school is highly consistent and the results are very good.
It is well-known that during the previous years, 28 pilot programmes of All day lasting Primary Schools functioned and an important number of extended hours schools ( as ours was in the past ).
The Ministry of Education, making the best out of the pedagogical conclusions that came up by the 28 pilot programmes, as much as the experience of organizing schools of extended hours programmes, went on with the functioning of the all day lasting primary school, which comes up to the contemporary educational needs.
Today with the functioning of 5500 all day lasting Primary Schools and all day lasting Kindergartens, the institution has been extended all over the country, from the urban centres to the most far away and difficult of access places, with the possibility of service to 200.000 families, where as the classes of extended by all the students, if they wish to do so, independently of their parents working or not. The extended hours school has a strong educational and social content. It was formed to service high pedagogical purposes, such as the pedagogical use of the children’s time in the afternoon at school, with the full responsibility and supervising of the teachers.
Within the framework of the extended timetable at the school there are five departments. The programmes which these departments follow is:
1st hour 12.35-13.15 classes A, B
2nd hour 13.20-14.00 for all classes
3rd hour 14.50-15.30 for all classes
4th hour 15.40-16.15 for all classes
16.15 - Departure
In the programme of the All-day school the following subjects take after 12.35:
Preparation Supportive teaching in Language, Maths, English and “creative activities”. By “creative activities” we mean:
Educational games, athletic team games, musical morement games, pictorial education activities: handicraft or music education, dance, book study from the library, children’s magazines, showings of video tapes of educational / entertaining content, theatrical games, teaching of computer skills in the computer room which was created in the school year 2001/02 at the school.
In the frames of the European Educational Programme “Socrates-Comenius 1” our school, for the as an intercultural school, suggested to the I.K.Y. a school plan of co-operation (for 3 years, starting in September 2003 - 2006) which was approred, along with the following 5 schools of Europe:
Rigas Herdera Vidusskola (co-ordinating school in Latvia)
Silvesterschule Erle (associated school in Germany)
Remigiusschule Borken ( associated school in Germany)
Szkola Podstawowa (associated school in Poland)
Atsipopoulou Primary School (associated school in Rethymno, Crete)
The title of our programme is
"The children write and draw about the children"
In the contents of the European program Socrates-Comenius 2.2.b which gave us the opportunity since the beginning of the school year 2006-07 to host the assistant foreign language teacher Mr. Christian Kollinger from Germany.
We should also mention that from the school year 2003/04 our school participates in the “ Flexible Zone “ programme. The “ Flexible Zone of Inter-subject and Creative Activities “ which consists part of the weekly programme, lasting for at least 2 hours, with its free subjective and its active methodology it aims at achieving a double purpose:
First, to balance the inflexibility, the one-sidedness and the multi-division of school and second, to develop slowly, with its principles and proceedings, the daily teaching act.
It must also be mentioned that for the school years 1999/00, 2000/01, 2001/02, 2002/03, 2003/04 and 2004/05 an Olympic Education programme and for the school year 2006-07 an Kallipatira Education programme has been carried out by a trained gym instructor.