I live in Chalkida and I am a mother of four children. I have studied economics and business administration and later I did pedagogical studies. The last four years I am not working therefore I devote my time to my children and to volunteering. I believe that each and every one of us, apart from dealing with his/her personal, family and social life, must devote time and energy to a purpose that is generally aimed at improving the world we will inherit to the younger.
For me that purpose is education, especially for minors. I have been actively involved in educational matters in my country and abroad on the parent’s side for many years. I am a member of parents’ associations in my children’s schools, a member of the board of the EUDEC
Greek chapter and a member of the Sympraxis
team. I was on the organizing committee of the European Conference on Democratic Education
held in Crete in 2018. I am one of the founding members of the association Synpedia and I currently serve the purposes of the association as president of the board.
I’m Electra Koutsiviti, mom of Joyce (born 2009) and Vassilis (born 2019). I was one of those pupils who were (very) bored at school which seemed like a waste of time, so I decided to become an teacher to, maybe, be able to offer something more to my children … About 15 years ago I started to be interested in Attachment parenting and from there I went to homeschooling, to alternative forms of education, etc. 15 years and 2 kids later, I know now what I want to offer my kids (even if my daughter might miss some days from school to go to the various events we co-organize) and what I believe all Greek (and not only Greek) children deserve. Through various groups and ventures I fight for freedom of choice. I believe that Education+ is the legal entity that was missing. So, I wish us a good start and I believe with all my heart that everything will go well!
Cinematographer, cineliteracy educator and education activist. I have been running a blog on democratic schools since 2019. I work to connect and network Greek initiatives for empowering education, inviting, hosting and promoting dialogue with families following self-directed learning methods. I am looking for companions for the creation of a pluralistic eco-community in order to explore our potential for harmonious coexistence and cooperation towards a healthy society. I believe that this association will be a good opportunity to lay the foundations of such a community. The conscious citizens of the future are the children of the present, and I believe that our contribution as members of this association would be important in spreading democratic education to the new generation.
My name is Aphrodite Milovianou, I live and work in Thessaloniki. I’m a self-employed psychologist and trainer, and I’m involved in non-formal adolescent and adult education. I have worked in higher education as a lecturer, in lifelong learning centers, in European programs and in an alternative school.
My contact with education and especially with alternative education systems has shown me how important and effective it is for every child to be educated in the way and the means that best suit her, at the pace and in the space that suits her best. I think that most people recognize that in our country, the education system needs to be improved, to assist children in becoming citizens with democratic principles, critical thinking, creativity and emotionally capable of doing what we cannot achieve.