The partners

 Academy of Business and Health Sciences

The Academy of Business and Health Sciences is one of the three biggest schools of non-public higher education in Lodz. Currently in our Academy they are studying over 1000 students. The Academy carries out its unique, modern syllabuses which are, one hand, tailored to the current needs of the labour market, and on the other hand, they are in accordance with the syllabus requirements established by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education. The Academy educates in a practical profile, which means that over 60% of classes are conducted in the form of workshops and projects. Trying to meet the expectations and using the technological possibilities our Academy also offers online studies, aiming at those who want to combine education with professional and family duties. The students of the Academy have an opportunity to do internships and work placements in the countries of the European Union within the Erasmus + programme.
The Center for European Educational Initiatives is an all-university organizational unit established in May 2011, whose aim is to support and stimulate the processes of sustainable development of a modern and open society.

CEIE deals with the initiation of partnerships and agreements aimed at social integration, promotion of participation in social and public life of children, youth and adults, especially 50+ and development of volunteering, through the organization of training, workshops, seminars, conferences, debates and other forms of education.

The aim of CEIE is to equalize access to education, active participation in social life and development of key competencies determining the development of a society based on knowledge and people’s activity.

CEIE cooperates with local and regional authorities, non-governmental organizations and european educational and training institutions supporting science and education.

The priority is to use modern technologies in the process of developing educational instruments and to disseminate and implement good practices.

Actividades Alternativas, kean


“Actividades Alternativas” was founded with the aim of contributing to social, environmental and financial sustainability as well as prosperity of European society and citizen’s empowerment. Combating social exclusion, poverty and social inequalities are among its fundamental goals as well as protection of the natural and social environment.

It is a Non-Governmental and Non-Profit Organization, a legally established organization in which the distribution of any profit is expressly prohibited which aims to build a global citizenship by promoting the respect for other cultures, people and human rights. The organization’s purpose is the implementation of humanitarian, voluntary and community projects, initiatives and actions of public benefit addressing key social and environmental challenges that plague European society and negatively affect Citizen life and well-being. Specifically, the organization’s strategic plan includes the implementation of programs and actions:

First. Provide education and tools for environmental protection and awareness.

Second. Collaborate with other associations, communities, authorities, research centres and public bodies to facilitate dissemination and effectiveness.

Third. Create and implement educational material on diversity/culture, physical activity/healthy habits, new technologies, discrimination/bullying, violent behaviour, racism and sexism.

Fourth. To support people in vulnerable situations such as: unemployed, immigrants, people with special needs, victims of abuse or human trafficking, ex-substance abusers, etc. And thus facilitate their reintegration into society.

Fifth. To promote solidarity and active participation in the design and implementation of social programmes and actions.

Sixth. To encourage citizens to develop good practices and awareness in relation to the welfare of pets and animals in general.

Seventh. To disseminate practices of respect and empathy.

5o Dimotiko Sxoleio Florinas «Theodoros Kastanos» (E10010507 – Greece)

The 5th Primary School “Theodoros Kastanos” is located in the north part of Florina, next to the Primary School for children with special needs. The school has a history of more than 91 years. It is a public Primary School that receives money from the government and follows the government’s criteria in every aspect. What is taught in our school is based on the textbooks and curricula providing by the Ministry of Culture, Education and Religion, assuring the development of child personality in conformity with parent’s expectations, creating a sense of regional, national and European identity.

The schooling ages range from six to twelve years old. There is a total of 195 students and 34 teachers. Some of our students (16) have special educational needs and others are immigrants (25), so they need and receive special attention.

The city of Florina is considered to be economically disadvantaged, because there is a high unemployment rate. Another important factor is that some parents are divorced and of low income therefore making it non affordable to attend cultural events with their children. Due to the aforementioned economic and social circumstances, lots of our students lack of motivation. Therefore, we want our students to gain a different viewpoint on different cultures, lifestyles, science and technology. We would like to offer a possibility to exchange views and opinions with students from other countries. We want to encourage our students to become more tolerant towards diversity and widen their cultural horizon. We believe that by meeting children from other countries and being involved in various workshops and multicultural activities, our students will appreciate cultural diversity and the importance of team work. It is hoped that this inspiring program will promote the participants’ self-development.

What are the activities and experience of the organisation in the areas relevant for this project? What are the skills and/or expertise of key persons involved in this project?

The 5th Primary School “Theodoros Kastanos” cooperates with the Primary School for children with special needs, the Faculty of Elementary Education and the Department of Visual Arts of the University of Western Macedonia (Greece).

Also, its collaboration with educational and environmental organizations ensures the high level and quality of learning as our main educational priority.

The school takes part in cultural and environmental educational programs, promoting educational and cultural good. We are also keen on educating our students to be open-minded, broaden their horizons, but also encourage them to find creative ways of promoting cultural and social merits of our country.

In general, our participation in LLP Comenius Multilateral, Regio and Erasmus+ partnerships have already changed our viewpoints at education and the acquirement of knowledge, thus enabling us to take the responsibility of being the coordinating school and fully meet the potential of the project as well as share our experience and guide partner schools.

Developing this project with our new partners, with or without previous experience, will further advance our experience and knowledge.

The whole school community, including school head, teachers and professional specialists, has the responsibility for providing guidance. Indeed, guidance provision is the task of a multi-disciplinary team consisting of different specialists as guarantee a holistic and differentiated approach, which enables customized support for pupils not only in terms of education, but also for those who require psychological support and counselling to overcome learning difficulties. To ensure the availability of skills between the staff that will be responsible for this procedure, we address digital competences, using of flexible educational pathways, entrepreneurship, employment, research, training modules, etc., as to organize a team with similar backgrounds. Moreover, teaching procedure, activities and initiatives generally address staff skills and experiences, focused on pupils who are enrolled in education.

Zwes- Greece

Zwes was founded in 2015 by the Educator, Animal Therapist and Author Katerina Papapostolou, after 17 years of fighting inside and outside of schools for the defense of animal rights and the protection of the environment.

Through the preparation of experiential animal-friendly, environmental seminars and educational programs on therapeutic contact with specially trained dogs as well as the training of teachers, their vision is the radical restructuring of the Greek animal-friendly establishment and the complete change of perceptions about animals through education.

Zwes created the network of volunteers throughout Greece with activity mainly in Northern Greece, they prepare interactive and multi-thematic educational programs all approved by the Ministry of Education, as well as the specially trained dogs that participate in them, all formerly abused strays, while Dioni, the soul of vision, is certified by the IFZ as an educational mediation and interactive alertness dog. They have been awarded five times in volunteering awards, while their founder has been recognized twice in the «Education Leaders» awards.

To date, they have voluntarily visited more than 650 schools throughout Greece and have educated more than 450,000 students, aiming for a more humane tomorrow for everyone, two-legged and four-legged, and a world of equality and justice. Where animal rights will no longer be something to be taken for granted and not something to be fought for.

The educational programs that are now also being prepared online due to the health conditions that forced schools to close for a long period of time, are addressed to all students of any level of education as well as to adult citizens, awareness in the relationship between people and animals, management of the stray population, environmental ethics, respect for every breathing creature, while the «Therapeutic Hug» program concerns special education schools and therapeutic institutions. The animal welfare educational books written by Katerina Papapostolou, founder of the Zwes organization, are guides to welfare and responsible animal guardianship.

KEAN

KEAN” was founded in 2005 in Athens, Greece aiming the development and implementation of humanitarian programs for the protection of the social and physical environment. Its ultimate goal is upgrading the lives of young people and vulnerable social groups, combating social exclusion and poverty, promoting a better organized society with respect for human rights and the environment and promoting volunteering spirit and familiarity with the new technologies.

It is a non-profit association, a legally constituted organization founded by natural persons and operating independently of any government, and which expressly prohibits the distribution of any profit. It has branches in 3 Greek cities, 37 paid staff, 40 official members and around 80 active volunteers.

Specifically, the main purposes of the association are:

  1. The provision of support services for vulnerable groups such as the unemployed, third- country nationals, Roma, disabled people, victims of trafficking, ex-users of addictive substances, either psychosocially or professionally aiming at the groups’ empowerment and social inclusion.
  2. Promotion of the solidarity spirit through active participation in the design and implementation of social programs and actions aiming at vulnerable and not just population groups in order to combat their socio-economic exclusion.
  3. Creating networks of volunteers for their further education and engagement in actions promoting values such as equality, solidarity, democracy, environmental awareness, human rights.
  4. Protecting and promoting the rights of the child and developing their educational, livelihood and intellectual level. The provision of all possible support for children’s problems.
  5. Participation in welfare programs for combating unemployment, poverty and promoting entrepreneurship.

Opshtinsko Osnovno Uchilishte Dimkata Angelov Gaberot s. Vatasha, Macedonia

For the first time the school has been opened in 1918 year in another old building. In 1948 the school started to work in new building. The school has about 60 staff, about 50 teachers and administration staff and 10 technical staff. The school has 6-14 year old students. In the school year 2021/2022 in our school 260 students are enrolled, from which 10 are students with special educational needs. The SEN students are integrated in regular classes with all other students.

There are educational assistants in every class with SEN students to help these students. The school aims to make well comfort environment for students in their education process. Nearby are many locations with archeological excavations and touristic places with big cultural and historical heritage, such as Stobi, ancient

archaeological site, Ohrid, archaeological and touristic city, Skopje, the capital of Macedonia and many other ancient archaeological sites (Scupi, Heraklea) and touristic places. We are located in a wine region Tikvesh, surrounded with many vineyards and wineries.

What are the activities and experience of the organisation in the areas relevant for this project? What are the skills and/or expertise of key persons involved in this project?

The school leads an active role for providing healthy, comfortable social environment for the students. The school is getting involved in projects in order to make better education progress. In addition, the school participates in many national and international projects constantly. The school wants to get involved in this project in order to exchange ideas, cultural experiences and to develop the teaching process including the animal welfare and protection of animal rights. The students also are eager to explore the world of animals. In the school many projects are implemented aiming to have influence at the students in their learning process. These years the students learn by new methods of learning, methods used in Europe, and their teachers are obtaining seminars and training to improve their methods of teaching. The teachers are all creative, peaceful, hardworking, honest persons aiming to improve the educational process and give the students example for better living. The administration staff includes responsible persons willing to collaborate with

another partners to bring the students well-comfortable environment for learning. Erasmus+ projects implemented in the school:

– BOOSTING ENTREPRENEURIAL SKILLS

– Various methods towards one goal – Successful Inclusive Education!

– Approaching Social And Civics’ EU Key Competences

– True colors

– Let´s know ourselves, our qualities, abilities, skills and personality for right

choice of our job.

– Let us save the paradise gardens of Europe

VILNIUS JONAS LAUŽIKAS CONSULTING-TEACHING CENTER

Vilnius Jonas Laužikas consulting-teaching center is a hospital school operating in 6 different hospitals of local and National level. Students stay in hospital because of somatic and mental problems. For this reason, the majority of students constantly changing. The length of students learning at the school is based on their staying at hospital.

School performs – primary, basic and secondary education. Students from 6 to 18 years.

 The centre is public body. It is trilingual school, students are taught in Lithuanian, Polish or Russian.

All hospitals are National level, so Vilnius Jonas Laužikas consulting-teaching center taught students are from all over Lithuania. This situation helps to spread information and new methods around Lithuania as students come from all republican schools.

Training shall be carried out in 2 and more groups of pupils and individually.

School for many years is involved in various local and EU funds project Initiating and implementing projects developed many international and local seminars for hospitals, sanatoriums and rehabilitation centers’ for teachers who work with special needs, suffering from chronical and temporarily diseases, students. Thus, teachers have great experience in local and international, short, and long-term project activities, formal and informal education.  One of main issues was found out that human resources and informal education is very important educating students experiencing mentioned diseases and disorders. During all projects a lot of informal education activities were developed.

 Teachers, students, and parents together try to apply new method and ways to achieve results. new experience and ways are based on analysis which is based on various questionnaires looking for new methods to meet students’ needs and expectations.

Participation in projects help students not feel isolated from society, social life and their peers. Informal education and project activities help students to increase their well being and motivation for studies, to avoid gaps in their studies and achieve results.

Pan-hellenic Animal Welfare and Environmental Federation (PFPO)

The Pan-hellenic Animal Welfare and Environmental Federation (PFPO) was established in 2010. It is the largest animal welfare organization in Greece, bringing together 66 Member Organizations. Their mission is to protect animals and promote their welfare and rights through political lobbying, legal action, sciencebased research and campaigning. The Panhellenic Steering Committee was established in 2008 by the Animal Welfare Association of Chania (Creta). It consists of 118 animal welfare organizations. An interdisciplinary expert group of scientists and academics supports and coordinates the work of the Federation. PFPO is at the frontline of animal protection. Rescue missions, veterinary care, TNR, adoptions, legal actions, campaigns, lobbying and research are all core parts of their mission. As a member of ENDCAP/BFF, PFPO attends Conferences in Brussels like the “Implementing the EU Action Plan against Wildlife Trafficking” and “Think Positive: Why Europe needs Positive Lists to regulate the sale and keeping of exotic animals”. PFPO’s successful trajectory is the outcome of the dedication, sense of responsibility and dynamism of its volunteers and organisations. Some of the areas in which the organization is active and struggling to raise public awareness, especially of children, are: Farm animal hobbling Dolphinariums Illegal breeding Fur farming Illegal animal markets Barrel dogs Hunting Moreover, PFPO unfolds the reality of municipal shelters, wherein animals are held in deplorable conditions, often chained and without food, water and veterinary care, next to sick or dead animals. PFPO’s investigations are often picked by the media, leading to prosecutions.