The 2nd Lyceum of Kos is a state school with 350 students and 35 teachers that is situated in the border island of Kos. Kos is located in the south-eastern Aegean Sea. Our school possesses library, ICT lab, physics and chemistry labs, gym etc. and has adopted initiatives that have to do with teaching such as cross-curricular approaches.
The students of our school come from different social backgrounds. Some are immigrants from countries of East Europe, we have students with different religions, most of our students are Christian but we also have a minority of Muslim students. Although our students have the opportunity to communicate and contact with people from others countries (Kos is a tourist resort) we feel it is very important for students in this mixed community to begin to see themselves as citizens of tomorrow's Europe, and to see Greece in the wider context of diversity within a common European heritage. Our pupils are well-motivated and high-achieving but it is a central policy in our school that pupils must develop good knowledge of foreign languages, linked with key competences for employability such as ICT skills, creativity and team-work, in order not only to increase their chances of finding good jobs in the future but also to acquire a base of knowledge common to educated persons and the capacity to expand that base over their lifetime so that they develop an integrated personality.
Right now we are in a Comenius project with 11 countries (http://comenius.logrojec.pl/) and we are coordinating a new Erasmus plus KA2 Strategic Partnerships in the field of education. We intend to produce the following outcomes:
- innovative approaches to addressing our students, by providing more attractive education
- use of participatory approaches and ICT-based methodologies
- new or improved processes of recognition and validation of competences
- new or improved practices to deal with social, linguistic and cultural diversity
In the past our school developed cultural activities such as the implementation of technology with archaeological sites of Kos, the organization and setting of plays, it has participated in cultural activities, in European projects, in Olympic Education programs in collaboration with schools from Greece and Europe. It has been twinned with Naip Huseyin Lisesi from Turkey (2004) and since then has maintained a constant cooperation and contact in cultural and teaching issues both on the level of students as well as that of teachers. The latest YOUTH program our school coordinated was a project named MEDICULTE and it was an itinerant involving 4 partners from the Mediterranean.