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
stay healthy and sane!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.