Recent waves of economic crisis and uncertainty have re-aligned a range of European and global issues. This sense of crisis and challenge however may also serve to energize system transformations, identify alternatives, suggest new directions and act as a driving motivating force when old modes are broken.
EDUCATIONAL EVOLUTIONARY TRANSFORMATION: THE EUROPEAN PROJECTS TEAM AT THE REGIONAL DIRECTORATE FOR PRIMARY & SECONDARY EDUCATION IN WESTERN GREECE
Niki Lambropoulos, Anastasia Diamantopoulou, Giorgos Panagiotopoulos, Marie Kotadaki, Charikleia Pitsou – Greek Ministry of Education & Life Long Learning, Patras, Greece
Currently, the European projects serve as a medium for educational change and innovation in the Greek schools. Since educational change is a highly complex process, the procedure of involvement in European projects is an example of educational innovation itself, which has been accepted with enthusiasm by a great number of Greek teachers. This is evident in the voluntary way the Greek teachers embraced the European projects which was later supported by the Greek Ministry of Education.Τhe Regional Directorate of Primary and Secondary Education in Western Greece (PDEDE) is an education organization under the umbrella of the Greek Ministry of Education, Life-Long Learning and Religion. Τhe new evolutionary and transformational educational strategy adopted by the PDEDE completed the establishment of a European Projects Team within the Directorate (EU-PDEDE). EU-PDEDE’s objectives are to support Lifelong Learning in Primary and Secondary Education and develop new skills and practices meeting real needs of teachers and schools.