Diefthinsi Defterovathmias Dodecanesou (Directorate of Secondary Dodecanese) is public educational authority, supervising 100 schools, 15.000 students (general and vocational) and 2.500 teachers in the region. Moreover, Directorate supervises adult and lifelong learning in the region of Rhodes and surrounding islands. It is attached to the Ministry of Education, Lifelong Learning and Religious Affairs in Greece and it is a decentralized educational service of the public sector. Its responsibility has to do with educational, pedagogical and administrative matters.
Dodecanese region has special geographical features: 18 islands, small scale schools in isolated islands, distance from mainland Greece. Due to tourism industry in the region, there are pupils of different background: first and second generation children with immigrant background, originating from Albania, Russia, Bulgaria and Asia.
Directorate acts as facilitator of innovative approaches and projects in education in the region. It implements projects, pilot studies and teaching programmes in cooperation with other authorities/organizations in order to open schools to society and to correspond to local needs. There is a focus on vocational education in relation to tourism industry on the island. Besides synergies at regional level, Directorate seeks cooperation at European level in order to broaden perspective, work with schools abroad and learn from each other, transfer successful practices from other schools and prepare teachers and learners become responsible European citizens of a multicultural society.
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Gymnasio Gennadiou (Secondary School of Gennadi) – Secondary School of Gennadi is a public school at a rural area south of Rhodes island. It offers lower and upper general secondary education. Although rural, the area has rapid tourism developed in recent years and has attracted many immigrants and Roma families who settle in the area in order to get a summer job in the hotel industry. As a result the school has a multicultural background of learners. The school has 25 teachers and 270 students.
The school offers general secondary education for students aged 12-18.the school also offers extra curricular activities in order to respond to the absence of cultural and social life in the area by organizing events and activities with the local communities. Although rural, the area has rapid tourism developed in recent years and has attracted many immigrants and Roma families who settle in the area in order to get a job in the hotel industry. As a result the school has learners from different social, financial and cultural backgrounds and has a percentage of 60% of learners coming from different nationalities. The school tries to connect formal and non formal education and to develop the local community by offering new learning experiences such as reading club, first aid club, volunteer club, local magazine clubs, civic competence, digital skills.
There are special projects for immigrants, refugees and Roma students at school and there is an effort to support those students that are not native or not very well received by native students.
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