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Frantzeska Papagiannopoulou

2019/20 Tinos

Born and raised on the Greek island of Tinos, Greece, Frantzeska is a professional in Early Childhood Education (Patras University). She then followed her dream, by moving abroad and doing her master’s on Youth, Education & Society (Utrecht University, NL).

Having already set up an annual children’s festival in her community, the ‘Vegera fest’, her vision was to examine it from a scientific perspective. Being ‘stubborn’ enough (as her supervisor used to say!), she conducted research on the sociocultural and educational values of the Vegera fest. Besides this, she was also an intern at the European Union ISOTIS research project. 

In 2019, she was selected as a START Fellow, with her idea to create a children’s guide to Tinos (for children - from children). Being emotionally attached to her place and at the same time excited about training in Germany, she saw START as the best possible way to further her career, enrich her knowledge in the cultural management field and find new ways to foster children’s development and education in her community. ‘Give me roots, and I know who I am. Give me wings and I know who I want to become’ is her motto. Her 2019 START experience enables her to fly and explore, pick up knowledge and practices before returning to adjust them to her community so as to take care of her roots.

Project Progress Phase II Phase I

Phase II

Project implementation in Greece

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Dec - May

Project Title

TINOS Guide & Seek

TINOS Guide & Seek invites children of the local community to create a guide to their place of living, including their perspectives on the cultural aspects of the Tinos island. As its name connotes, Tinos' guest-children will seek for them around the island by using the guide on their vacation. The project is designed for the 3rd graders of the 5 primary schools of Tinos. This selection was based on their History book content. It is then when children are taught Mythology and the Cycladic civilization at school, both of which are still prominent on the island.

Tinos' tourism rates are getting higher and higher, while the population rates are getting lower and lower. The social impact this project aims to generate is enhancing children's attachment to their place of living. Creating experiences that allow them to familiarize with their place, before deciding for their permanent residence later on. Experiences that will make Tinos not only a child-friendly-destination but also a child-friendly place to live.

Phase I

Capacity building in Germany

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Sep - Nov

Project Title

Postcards from Kids to Kids

The project's goals are to preserve local cultural heritage and enhance local children’s place attachment, promote island of Tinos as a family tourism destination, develop children’s creative writing and social skills, boost openness to collaboration and fellowship and promote intergenerational solidarity. This will be done through organized visits to the villages of the island. Aiming at 10-year-old children of Tinos, this project’s participants will be the 4th-grade students of its 5 primary schools. The classes will be divided in order to depict the cultural aspects of the Tinos’ parts.

Host Institution

Kultur vor Ort e.V.

Kultur Ort e.V. is a non-profit association who started in the international Quarter Gröpelingen in the west part of Bremen more than 20 years ago. Today schools, institutions, businesses, and many dedicated individuals are members of our organization.

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