Members of ICON Greece were invited for an Erasmus Youth Training Course in July 2018 in Lithuania. The course was about Digital Learning both as a professional opportunity and as a tool for personal development.

Members of ICON Greece presented their experiences and practices on how to exploit digital learning for youth and adult trainees. The Training Course included session on recognition of non formal learning that insiperd our participants for their future plans. Also, there was a workshop on how to improve your skills as “digital immigrants” to be able to communicate with “digital natives” of the youth generation.

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Members of ICON Greece implementing educational activities at school events. The pictures show De Bono’s Six Thinking Hats, a technique for looking at decision making from different points of view. Trainers of ICON use De Bono’s hat technique to enhance empathy and inclusion. By wearing a hat, you are given a role and look at problems from different perspectives. De Bono’s Six Thinking Hats is a powerful technique for looking at decision making from different points of view.

De Bono’ s hats and their symbolism

‘Early leaving from education and training’ (ELET) refers to students leaving education and training before completing the upper secondary level or obtaining the corresponding school leaving certificate. This broad definition encompasses the young people who, according to their own country’s definition, are considered to be early leavers.

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Source: Conze, s. (2012). «The European Commission and policy on early school leaving (ESL)». EIPPEE Conference 2012: Advancing the use of research in education across Europe.

A dilemma for inclusive education is one of quantity vs. quality. Is it more important to improve the quality of education for those students currently in school or to use resources to expand the number benefitting from education? From a human-rights perspective, there is no question that continuing to exclude some children from education, or from the regular education system, is discrimination and needs immediate rectification.

I often use a story to illustrate this last point.

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The Interorthodox Centre of the Church of Greece is the educational organization and the convention centre of the Church of Greece. It belongs to the Holy Synod and is chaired by the Archbishop of Athens and All Greece, Mr. Hieronymos II.

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