NEWS

MAY 22, 2020

IMPORTANT

RESUMING in-person CLASSES

Having patiently awaited the end of lockdown, we are now once again available to resume in-class activities, where our partner organizations deem it appropriate.  We continue to uphold social distancing measures - for example, we will be splitting classes in two, so as to limit the number of children in a room at any given time. We will of course follow recommended hygiene practices, in addition to respecting the internal policies of each organization.

For now, classes are restarting in the SOS Villages centres in Kipseli and in Vari. In Kipseli, we are only resuming classes for secondary school children, following the tiered reopening plan of the Ministry of Education, while in Vari we will be resuming activities across the board. More coming soon.

Given the time lost, we are extending Spark activities through the end of June, where possible. We are excited to be seeing the children again and, worry not, we will keep a light, fun schedule! 

Stay healthy and sane!

Spark Projects

MAY 10, 2020

IMPORTANT

REMOTE CLASSES during lockdown

During lockdown, we were able to run remote lessons with children from the SOS Villages centre in Kipseli, the Christodoulio Foster Home and the Public Library of Piraeus. Giving the children a chance to socialize  and express themselves during this difficult period was a priority. The children learned how to create their own GIFs and made Word Clouds in shapes they chose. Expression is important for all of us!

 

If remote classes is something that could work with children in your organization too, please reach out to us

Stay healthy and sane!

Spark Projects

April 10, 2020

URGENT

how we can help during lockdown

While we are all in lockdown, we can help in a number of ways:

  • We can provide computers for your children's school's online classes

  • We can offer technical support, e.g. with your for children's school's online classes

  • We can suggest suitable digital educational content

  • We can offer remote tutoring of your staff

  • We can offer remote personalized classes for 2-6 children at a time

More information can be found on our corona-page. Please contact Anna Kamperou or your Spark teacher. 

Stay healthy and sane!

Spark Projects 

MARCH 15, 2020

URGENT

class suspension due to coronavirus measures

As you all know, among other measures, schools and tutoring centers have been closed to suppress the spread of Covid-19.

As a result, all Spark in-class activities have been suspended.

We hope to restart as soon as possible, but we cannot give a time at this point.  We expect to follow the guidance from the ministries of health and education, as well as any particular restrictions of our partner organizations.

We will stay in touch, and we are here to help where we can. More information can be found on our corona-page.

 

Stay healthy and sane!

Spark Projects 

january 5, 2020

New activities!

Computer Clinic sessions for parents

To help the children with digital skills, we think it is crucial for parents, too, to be able to find technical help when they need it.

We also felt it is important for us to help the parents understand their children's digital activities, to be bale to monitor, but also to be able to engage, when they feel it is appropriate. And so, we are piloting


Computer Clinic sessions for parents

in the Piraeus municipal library and the SOS centre in Kipseli.

Please contact Anna Kamperou for further information.

December 24, 2019

New activities!

Holiday activities at Spark

A number of Spark activities ahead of the Christmas break!

  • At the SOS village in Vari, we invited Athens Makers Space to do a live demonstration of 3D printing 

  • At the SOS Villages centre in Kipseli, we invited parents for drinks and cookies, made our own 2020 calendars, printed them, bound them and took them home!

  • At Christodoulio, we also made our own 2020 calendars, now for a second year in a row!

November 25, 2019

Support from the University of Piraeus

We are excited to announce that Christina Manoliaki, a research student at the department of Digital Systems of the University of Piraeus, will be working with Spark through February. Christina will observe classes and activities, and gather and analyze data, as part of her research. Christina will also help as an assistant teacher, while in class. 

Assessing our progress an the quality of Spark activities has always been important to us, we look forward to Christina's feedback.

In addition, as always, it is very helpful to have an assistant teacher.

We are grateful to Christina, and to professor Retalis at the University of Piraeus who both suggested this and made it happen.

november 15, 2019

Volunteer assistant teacher in Kipseli

Some great news from Kipseli, where we welcome Nayia, as a volunteer assistant teacher.

Nayia will be assisting Yannis with Spark activities for both Friday classes. Since Spark runs interactive, hands-on activities, any help in class makes a big difference, helping children cover more ground, helping the class run more smoothly, and is just more fun.

A big thanks to Nayia and everyone at SOS Villages who helped arrange this.

november 4, 2019

New program

Piraeus municipal library 

We are very pleased to be launching a pilot to offer Spark classes at the Piraeus Municipal Library, open to children in Piraeus' welfare programs. Participating children come from a range of nonprofit organizations, specifically ΚΟΔΕΠ, Kivotos and the SOS Villages center in Piraeus. We are starting with 40 children and 5 classes, and we hope to materially expand in the future. For more information see our partners page.

This pilot was made possible with the help and support of the City Council of Piraeus, the municipal Director of Culture, the Library Manager and ΚΟΔΕΠ, as well as the help of the Dept. of Digital Systems at the University of Piraeus.​

October 10, 2019

New program

SOS Villages in Kipseli and in Vari

We are excited to be starting a partnership with SOS Villages. We feel it is a very good fit, and there is a lot of scope to grow.

We will be running 3 classes in the SOS village in Vari, and we will be trying out a new, family-based format. 

We will also be running 4 classes in SOS Villages' after-school centre in Kipseli.

For more information see our partners page.

September 25, 2019

Back to school, September 2019

The school year has started, and Spark classes have resumed!

We are starting this year running classes at Christodoulio Foundation, Agia Anna Foundation as well as the 6th public primary school in Iraklio. For more information see our partners page.

We are also expanding to new locations - more information coming soon.

Spark Projects is registered in England with the Companies House (company number 11524316) as a charitable company. It has the registered charity number 1185912, and is additionally registered with the HMRC as a charity for GiftAid (HMRC charity reference ZD05751).