|Title||Promoting the ASEF Classroom Network in Creta Island, Greece|
Mrs Foteini Veneti/English Teacher, UOA Teacher Trainer & Mentor & Materials Designer (RcEL) from 4th Primary School Ymittou
A successful two-day conference was organised on Creta Island, Greece, by Mrs Stella Platskou, School Advisor of the Chania Educational Prefecture on 9 and 10 September 2015. The event took place under the title: “European and Euro-Asian School collaborations”. During this event, I was given the opportunity to present the ASEF Classroom Network (ASEF ClassNet) and its activities to hundreds of my colleagues coming from 4 counties of the island.
I informed primary and secondary school teachers of all subjects, educators and school advisors about ASEF and my many years of experience with Asian-European school collaborations. I helped them understand the ASEF ClassNet’s framework as well as the benefits students and teachers can have by cooperating with other schools and the boosting of critical teaching issues like mutual understanding and respect, acceptance of diversity, globalised citizenship, social cohesion and intercultural matters. In short, issues every educator should deal with.
All in all, it was a fruitful conference with interesting topics. The participants were particularly thankful for getting to know about ASEF, the ASEF ClassNet and its principles, perspectives and conferences. For me it was a nice opportunity to share my ASEF ClassNet experiences, and the many friends and strong bonds my students, trainees and I have gained. As the ancient Greek fabulist said “In union there is strength”.