27-3-19: Day of experimental activities - The “Education, entrepreneurship and cultural heritage” Initiative
On Wednesday, 27 of March 2019, within the framework of the Education and Training Sciences program of the Athens University of Economics and business, took place separate social activities, which are part of the innovative action “Education, Entrepreneurship and Culture”. Mrs. Katerina Alexiadou, responsible for cultural programs of Eastern Attica secondary education and Mr. Theodoros Panas a distinguished dancer and choreographer, gave the stimuli to students to understand, as future teachers, that is not enough to take care only their spirit keeping them constantly alert, but also their body. Through experimental exercises it became obvious that the teacher’s body is as important as his spirit.
At the beginning of the experimental activities, Mrs. Alexiadou, starting from the concept of identity, gave students to realize that every human being, and therefore a teacher, is a multifaceted entity with its own particular characteristics and qualities that come in harmony with the world around us. With experiential exercises students created images with their own bodies, which express the concept of identity.
After the end of this experimental interaction, dance followed. A dance beyond the usual. A dance that made all the students free to express themselves without fear and shame. The motivation for this dance was a simple question: “For who is the dance?”. So with a different and experimental way, Mr. Theodoros Panas made the students of our university to understand that dance is another language that everyone can “talk” and communicate physically through this and also everyone “can dream in another language: dance”.
But the day is not over here. It just came up at 14:30 an educational visit to the Museum of Cycladic Art at Neophytou Douka 4 street in Kolonaki. There the students of the program attended a presentation about the educational activities and the educational function of the museum and then they guided through the museum’s exhibits. With the help of the Director of the museum’s Department of Education Mrs. Marinas Plati and Mrs. Eleni Markou, responsible for the educational programs of the museum, future educators took experimental stimuli in order to combine the teaching of their cognitive subjects with the culture that a museum offer.
Culture is a key priority of the study program in Educational Sciences and Education, as the Ancient Greek civilization is essential in educating prospective teachers for the values and messages that it created by drawing on it the human-centeredness based not on atomicism but on harmonious co-operation and integration of man into society.