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Center of Intercultural and Migration Studies’ Programs launched on a new basis. Emphasis on e-learning

The programs of the Center of Intercultural and Migration Studies (E.DIA.M.ME.), of the University of Crete, will be launched on a new basis, tailored to the current needs of Greek students and educators abroad.

“We are very pleased that after August 2008, we set off again, with an approved budget by the Ministry of Education for the following three years”, states E.DIA.M.ME. Director, Professor Michalis Damanakis to ANAMPA, adding that the main focus of the programs will be placed on e-learning.

The first step is being made with the meeting of scientific associates of the Program “Education for Greeks Abroad”, from all continents, on the 11th and 12th of March at the University of Rethymnon. In this first meeting a briefing and project planning will be held for the 2011 – 2013 period. Representatives of major Greek Diaspora educational institutions have been invited, from all over the world.

“Our aim is to establish a pilot Greek Diaspora School network, in the development phase of the e-learning system. Our final objective is for the new network for e-teaching and learning to operate autonomously. Educators from these schools will be visiting Greece in July, who will also become partners of the project”, states Mr. Damanakis.

Meanwhile, every summer, 30 Greek students living abroad, will be visiting Greece to meet their “partners” in the respective premises of the Greek partner – school. However, the successful Greek Diaspora Student Theater Festival, organized for a consecutive years by E.DIA.M.ME. will not be continued.

The first Greek teachers abroad training seminar for this year will be held for teachers from countries of the Southern Hemisphere from the 2nd until the 17th of April at Rethymnon University.

Thirty teachers from Oceania, S. Africa, Argentina, Chile and Uruguay will be trained for two weeks within the framework of “Greek Language Primary and Secondary Intercultural Education in the Diaspora” project. The project is implemented by the NSRF and co – funded by the European Social Fund and national funding. The final selection of trainees is carried out under the responsibility of Educational Coordinators in collaboration with the project’s scientific advisors, by country, based on a set of criteria.

“A week before their arrival in Greece, the selected educators will initially follow a 10 hour long tele-seminar, in order to be informed on the basic topics, focusing on the teaching methodology of Greek language teaching as a second language”, notes Mr. Damanakis, adding that “the basic aim of this seminar is to improve the teaching readiness of the trainees, through the provision of knowledge and information, related to Greek history and culture, the Greek educational system, the “living” Greek language and most importantly, the teaching of Greek as a second or foreign language, through familiarization in respective Studies Programs. The ultimate objective is for educators to act as “multipliers” in the areas they are teaching and support the project’s implementation”.

In July, the seminar will also be held for teachers coming from countries of the Northern Hemisphere at the University of Rethymnon, while teachers from the countries of the former U.S.S.R. will be trained at Aristotle University in Thessaloniki.

Ever since its establishment in 1996, E.DIA.M.ME. researches and promotes educational issues for Greeks abroad, in conjunction with their socioeconomical and cultural conditions in the countries they reside. At the same time the center researches and promotes educational issues for repatriated Greeks and foreign nationals in Greece. In addition to teacher training the center also produces teaching material on the Education of Greek as a second language and the Greek culture.

Source: ANAMPA

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