3rd Gymnasium is a public secondary education school on the island of Crete with 550 students, 50 teachers with 23 classes of general education and 3 classes with deaf students. Through innovative methods we approach teenagers, especially those who feel less privileged or marginalized from disadvantaged backgrounds to enhance their self-confidence and autonomy, develop intercultural awareness and erase social prejudice. Therefore, it is of vital importance through European transnational cooperation to provide them with learning to learn skills, reinforce lifelong learning, cultivate mutual respect for cultural variety, encourage social solidarity and community cohesion.
We implement cultural and environmental programmes. Ms Lykogiannaki was awarded with the National and European Quality labels for 2 European environmental eTwinning projects completed during 2017-2018 and 2018-2019. Also, we take part in Erasmus KA2 and KA1 projects. We can contribute to this project through our cooperation with local authorities and educational organizations such as the Region of Crete, Heraklion Municipality, Creta Aquarium, Natural Science museum, Environmental Centres and archaeological sites.
Ms Lykogiannaki took part in a national competition approved by the Greek Ministry of Education, supported by Unicef and Unesco for the promotion of Sustainable Development goals in Greece. Her lesson was evaluated in May 2018 as the best practice related to SDG “Climate Action” among 545 entries of educational approaches in the competition. The lesson module she submitted stood out as the best holistic and innovative educational approach for raising awareness about SDG number 13 regarding Climate Action and our school has been included in the SDGs School Club.
The contact person Ms Lykogiannaki has experience in Erasmus projects. She has disseminated our Erasmus projects in the European and International programs forum in Crete at the Regional Directorate of Primary and Secondary Education of Crete. Her article “The added value of GO CLIL” was published in 2018. Also, she has participated as speaker in the dissemination seminar in Italy with the presentation “Effective scaffolding and feedback strategies in CLIL”.
Teachers who will participate in this project are in their mid-career, share a common vision for the school and have a permanent position at our school to be able to contribute to the project. The principal of our school and the vice principal Ms Lykogiannaki will be in charge of coordinating the project. She is a permanent member of the teaching staff so there will be no need to replace her. In case a teacher needs to be replaced, another permanent teacher with knowledge of English will take over his role.