Pre-Conference Event - University of Patras

The Learner Conference is pleased to announce a pre-conference event, organised by the Forum on Intercultural Dialogue and Learning (Laboratory of Sociology & Education, TEEAPH, University of Patras)

Professional Narratives in Refugee Education

People are story-telling creatures. Narratives are essential feature of human nature as they define our identities, values, and worldviews. They are self-reflexive mechanisms creating a sense of internal order and security when dealing with overwhelming global experiences of mobility, dislocation and exile. This special event focuses on professional narratives from the field of Refugee Education (RE) in Greece. Particular attention will be given on professional narration and experiences draw from social workers, lawyers, doctors, educators and volunteers working with refugee children in Greece particularly after 2015 when more than 1 million refugees crossed the country. Professionals will address the following questions:

• Where do they see themselves in talking RE challenges?

• What are the required types of responsibilities/skills in the RE field?

• What are their main accomplishments?

In addition, refugees will be invited to tell us about themselves and their dislocations in searching for a new Home. These cultural narratives will unfold the challenges of dislocation, the trauma, but also the promise of a future new life.

Event Schedule

19 June
14:00 (2:00 PM) Pick-up from Athens
15:30 (3:30 PM) Arrival in Nafplio
18:00 - 19:30 (6:00 - 7:30 PM) Guided cultural tour of the archaeological site
20:00 - 21:00 (8:00 - 9:00 PM) Cultural Narratives - Refugee story telling
21:30 (9:30 PM) Mediterranean dinner

20 June

9:00 - 10:00 Video Screening, featuring participants videos and narratives, concerning refugee education experience in diverse settings, such as, working in sites of refugee crisis, refugee education in camps, dealing with racism in formal schooling system, refugee integration, and working in NGOs
10:00 - 11:00 Workshop - Children's Virtual Exhibition
11:00 - 12:30 Colloquium - The Lost Generation: Fulfilling the Global Promise on the Right of Education for All and Access to “Social Citizenship”
12:30 - 13:30 (12:30 - 1:30 PM) Lunch
13:30 - 15:00 (1:30 - 3:00 PM) Workshop Sessions - Narrative Approach in Education as a Strategy to Build Trust and Increase Confidence
15:00 - 15:30 (3:00 - 3:30 PM) Event Closing
15:45 (3:45 PM) Departure to Athens


The Parliament Building - Vouleytiko

Vouleytiko was the first Greek Parliament (Vouli in Greek) from autumn 1825 until spring 1826, after undergoing necessary restoration by the architect Vallianos. Hence the name of Vouleyftiko, which is known until today. Originally, the building was built as a mosque consisting of a large hall and a massive dome (1730) and it was known as the mosque of Aga-pasha. The building were used for several purposes: it housed the Greek School, it was prison (the ground floor), and here took place the Trial of the Captains of the Greek Revolution (Th. Kolokotronis and D. Plapoutas). Today, Vouleytiko is a place of culture under the auspices of the Ministry of Cultre.

Event Information

Event Organizer: University of Patras
Event Location: Nafplio, Greece
Event Dates: 19-20 June 2018
Event Cost: 100.00 USD

Booking: You may register for the tour through our online portal. Conference registration is not required to attend the pre-conference event.

If you've already registered for the conference, please contact us to secure your booking.

Event cost includes transportation to and from Nafplio, dinner on the first day, lunch on the second day, and accommodation for one night.

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Pre-Conference Tour: Athens Sightseeing

The Learner Conference is pleased to announce the Conference Tour.

The tour starts with a visit to the "sacred rock": the Acropolis. Here you will see the Parthenon that was dedicated to goddess Athena (Parthenos), Propylea, the monumental entrance to the sacred area, the temple of Athena Nike which was dedicated to Athena Nike (Victory), the Erechtheion with its famous female figures-statues - the Caryatides, or Maidens, dedicated to both the goddess Athena and the god Poseidon. The Odeum of Herodus Atticus and the ruins of the first theatre in the whole world the Theatre of Dionysus and finally the Areopagus (Mars Hill).

The tour will continue on to the Temple of Olympian Zeus, and then to the Panathenaic or Kallimarmaro Stadium, which hosted the first modern Olympic Games in 1896. You will drive by the Prime Minister’s residence (Maximou Mansion), the former Royal Palace (today the Presidential Palace), and the House of Parliament, with the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, to watch the changing of the guard. The tour will continue by driving up to the highest point of Athens, the Lycabettus Hill (the best 360 degree panoramic view of Athens). The tour will be concluded with a quick visit to the oldest and most picturesque neighborhood of Athens, Plaka.

Length of Tour 4 hours
Tour Date 20 June 2018
Departure Time 8:00 am
Pick-up Location Delegates will be picked up at the Periscope Hotel

Booking: Booking of the conference tour can be completed upon registration. If you've already registered or have any questions about the conference tour, please contact us to add this tour to your registration.