The MOHA Research Center organizes a series of educational joint projects in regard to a wide range of topics, such as the environment, cultural self-identity, intercultural awareness and the relations between Islam and the Greek as well as Western world. It addresses not only the youth in Greece but also the wider public in order to generate interest and raise awareness to every segment of the society.
3rd Educational Program for Syrian Refugees Children
MOHA Research Center organized the “3rd Educational Program for Syrian Refugees Children” for forty children aged 12 to 22 years old which lasted from 12-10-2016 till 15-12-2016. During this time, thirty 3-hour sessions have been carried out. The courses took place in the Conference Hall in Imaret hotel.
The main objectives of the program were:
- to strengthen children’s ability to speak and perform in Greek and English language
- to enhance children’s socialization
- to help children discover the city of Kavala itself through activities in the town
- to teach specific vocabulary concerning identity, family and friends, months and days, jobs, town and signs
- to encourage them make a basic conversation, get instructions or express their feelings and ideas in Greek or English language
Regarding MOHA’s schedule each week:
The first day was dedicated to Greek language lessons. The instructors were Mpotsi Evanthia, Georgia Tzelepi and Eleni Karamanlidou. Some of the children had already attended the previous MOHA’s Educational Programs, while others came for first time.
The second day, English lessons were taken place with the instructors Anastasia Hatzivasilaki, Eleni Karamanlidou and Mary Orgianopoulou. This class was divided in three groups depending on children’s language level. Each teacher conducted specific lessons in each of the classrooms.
The third day was dedicated to the social activity day. Some of the activities were visiting to The Castle of Kavala, the Mohammed Ali Museum, the Halil Bey Medrese, the Major House, the Archaeological Museum of Kavala and the Archaeological Site of Philippi. Also they visited an exhibition to the Tobacco Ware House with the title «The most important inventions and musical instruments of the ancient Greeks» and the Alpha Radio Station. Therefore, MOHA cooperated with local entities such as “The Red Cross” which held a briefing regarding the hygiene rules and the “TREFPUNKT” German women Club where cooking lessons conducted with Syrian mothers from the camp. Finally, music-guitar lessons took place under the instructions of Alexandros Parissidis.
MOHA’s Educational Program was fulfilled with the support of INTERSOS and UNHCR (The UN Refugee Agency) and the valuable help of volunteer teachers.
2nd Educational Program for Syrian Refugees Children
The Research Center MOHA organized the “2nd Educational program for Syrian refugee children” aged 12 to 20 years which lasted from 13-09-2016 till 29-09-2016. During this time seven 3-hour sessions have been carried out. The main objective of the program was the literacy of Syrian children in greek language, as well as their socialization and smooth integration into the greek society via language game-activities.
More specifically, some of the main goals were achieved through the program include:
- Teaching of greek alphabet - Learning of every day expressions
- Appreciation of the refugees’ journey from their country and acknowledgement of their current position
- Capability of the trainees to move through the town and serve their basic daily needs
- Learning the days of the week, numbers, variety of foodstuffs, face and body, etc.
Part of the session aimed at socialization of the refugees through recreational activities such as greek songs, literacy games and pantomime. The material that was used, was based on specialized manuals focused on Greek as a second language.
The aim of this educational project was to familiarize refugees with basic greek words that would help them move easily in a Greek city and feel part of the society protected from marginalization.
MOHA’s program was fulfilled by the leader of the project Mpotsi Εvanthia, teacher-filologist.
1st Educational Program for Syrian Refugees Children
The program was designed for the literacy of children refugees from Syria. The duration was about 4 weeks, 10 meetings, from 17/08/2016 to 09/09/2016. The Research Center MOHA undertook the communication with Syrian parents who live in the camp of Kavala, conveyed and fed children and the courses took place in the conference hall in Imaret hotel.
Objectives of the Program:
- teaching of Greek, Arabic, English and mathematics through interdisciplinary and experiential approaches with the use of literature and Aesthetic Education (Visual Arts, Music and Theatre Education)
- development of pupils the capacity of communication in different cultural contexts through Aesthetic Education
- exploring the teaching - learning opportunities through cooperative learning & integration of children in the Greek educational system
- creating a friendly and safe learning environment in which Syrians parents can trust their children
- parental involvement and networking program with the Syrian society and the local and wider environment.
The program was based on a holistic approach to language (whole language approach). The tales used were the Aesop's Fables from the website: http://www.bedtimestoriescollection.com/ and the Kalila Wa Dimna from the website: http://muslimheritage.com/article/kalila-wa-dimna. Other tales which were also used were: "H gata koumpara" and "H Mary Pineza" written by E. Tressou and S Mitakidou.
Children were divided in three groups depending on their age, children 5-7, 7-12 and 12-14 years. The program involved more than 20 volunteers from primary and secondary school teachers and other specialists (engineers, foresters, police, etc.), who showed passion and enthusiasm and helped the education of 40 children refugees from Syria. Also parents volunteers from Syria participated in the program and two Syrians who knew English played the role of translator. Within the trainee were 9 children which were not staying inside the camp, but were accommodated in houses of Kavala and Karvali.
MOHA’s educational project was fulfilled by the teacher Thomi Kartsiotou, as the leader of the project. MOHA’s Executive Board would like to thank all the volunteers for their support to this program who are mentioned below: Vasiliki Rapti, Ioanna Milona, Spiros Dimitriadis, Niki Theodosiou, Fotini Mihalaki, Anastasia Grigoriadou, Lefteris Baltzidis, Voula Kagiasa, Maria Soulidu, Georgia Tzelepi, Evanthia Mpotsi, Tarsi Christodoulou, Nikoletta Stafidou, Istatiadou Athina, Zafeiroula Mouriadou, Alexandros Parissidis, Dimitris Tzoumas, Valentina Magaliou, Christos Paschalousis, Aimilia Nycha, Pantelis Aslanidis, Parthena Ioannidou. MOHA feels obliged to express its’ sincere thanks to all of the Syrian volunteers for their great cooperation and help.
Sinbad in the sea of Oman
Interactive fairytale narration and artistic activities for elementary scool children
Sunday, November 22 & 29 2015
Interactive visits at the museum of Mohammed Ali
Designed and planned by our educational department, MOHA offers interactive visits at the museum of Mohammed Ali, especially designed for children aged 4-12. Learning by playing is the key factor in this project, that inholds interactive fairytale narrations, games and workshops according to a schedule over a period of 6 weeks.
"In the footsteps of Mohammed Ali"
The Mohammed Ali Research Center having as main goal the communication of the museum of Mohammed Ali with its public and the reinforcement of its educational role, designed and implemented an educational program for the school year 2014-15 under the auspices of the Hellenic Ministry of Education Research and Religious Affairs entitled: "In the footsteps of Mohammed Ali"
Addressed to: Students of C, D, E, F classes of Primary School and High School.
Persons per group: One school class (up to 25 students).
Duration: 3 school hours (possibility of implementing two programs daily, 8: 45-11: 00 and 11: 30-13: 45).
Venue: Museum of Mohammed Ali (Peninsula Panagia, Kavala).
Dates: From October 2014 to June 2015.
Design: Evangelia Damianaki, Asimina Kalentziou, Eudoxia Triantafillidou.
Implementation: Asimina Kalentziou.
Cost of participation: 3€ per student.
Objectives of the course:
• the life period and the work of Mohammed Ali
• the stressing of the intercultural dimension of Kavala in the 18th century
• to underline the productive coexistance of muslims, jews and christians of that era
• to connect the past with the present
• to familiarize the students with the museum
• to mobilize the senses and emotions
• to act as a stimulus for further activities in the classroom
• to be the motive for further personal research
The program was designed according to the principles and applications of theatrical art in education (Theatre in Education) and it’s structured in episodes, consisting of dramatic action, and educational activities. The animator plays the role of Naz that is borrowed of the central character of the play of Mike Kenny "The boy with the suitcase” and acts as a link between Mohammed Ali and children, between then and now by bringing universal meanings.
EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS FOR SCHOOLS
The Research Center MOHA, in cooperation with specialized collaborators, has designed a series of educational programs and guided tours for children and families that include acquaintance with the history and heritage of the two monuments, as well as creative activities for the participants.
Indicative themes for 2013-2015:
• 1001 Nights
• the Treasures of Mohammed Ali
• the Decorative patterns of ceramic tiles
• the Origin and Evolution of Zero.
A GIFT GROM THE EAST
Inspired by "1001 Inventions" (the ground-breaking cinematic piece "Library of Secrets"), MOHA creates a multimedia animation project that is appropriate for all ages. The result promotes the common cultural heritage of all those great scientific and artistic personalities of the Islamic world that conserved and developed basic principles on Mathematics, Astronomy, Chemistry, Medicine, Geography, Hydrology, Alchemy and bequeathed us with masterpieces of Poetry, Music and Art.
- Ceramic Workshop for Kids
- Arabic language learning program