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Ioanna-Mirto Chatzigeorgiou

2017/18 Thessaloniki

Born and raised in Thessaloniki, Ioanna has been involved in the field of non-formal and informal education for the last 15 years. Since 2014, she has been the founder, project manager and trainer of two youth groups that have involved more than 300 young people and youth workers in European sociocultural projects funded by Erasmus+ and the Deutsch-Griechische Jugendwerk. Embracing her formal background and PhD studies in Electrical Engineering, she has used science and technology to develop a wide range of STEAM classes for youth projects, schools, the State Museum of Contemporary Art and AstronArt. She creates projects that support inclusion in art and science and loves to work with diverse combinations of old and new tools and materials. For START, she wants to support the establishment of inclusive musical hubs in local communities that will create and use do-it-yourself musical instruments based on microprocessor boards and music software.

Project Progress Phase II Phase I

Phase II

Project implementation in Greece

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Dec - May

Project Title


Playing music means playing, expressing oneself, improvising, creating. Learning about technology means touching, building, experimenting, daring. Team-working means helping, learning to listen, learning to learn together with others. Tempo works with local organizations that focus on social inclusion for children with special educational needs. We create mixed groups of children, we play, build, and make sounds and music by using electrical circuits, boards and coding. Through non-formal and informal educational methods, participants get the
chance to understand the different needs, wills and abilities inside a team; to experience diversity and learn to appreciate and support it. Moreover, it is a chance to express themselves through musical improvisation and experimentation with new technology. Tempo consists of special education needs and music teachers, professional musicians and engineers, and, in this first implementation phase, it works with organizations in Thessaloniki and Veria. At the same time, it supports the local educational community by documenting and disseminating new tools and methodologies online and by organizing open educational seminars in cooperation with local bodies. We aim to increase the opportunities for social inclusion in local communities through experiential education, music and technology.


Phase I

Capacity building in Germany

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Sep - Nov

Project Title


“AudioPlexus” aimed at creating and applying innovative inclusion strategies in a mixed abilities group of young people in Itzehoe through the combined use of music and technology. A team of four educators worked together to create non-formal educational scenarios that determined collaboration and inclusion to be the principles of design. The scenarios were realized in a two-day holiday workshop with young people aged eight to 18. Electric paint, microprocessor boards and recycled material were used for the construction of do-it-yourself musical instruments from scratch. The aim of the workshop was to support participants in:

  • building a team that includes people with special educational needs and facilitates collaboration;
  • expressing themselves artistically in a safe and inspiring space;
  • learning about electrical circuits and conductivity; and
  • interacting and experimenting with technology and not just consuming passively.

The project was chosen by the County of Steinburg to be presented at the “1. Steinburger Woche der Inklusion”.

Host Institution

Kulturbahnhof Viktoria – K9

The KulturBahnhof Viktoria in Itzehoe is not an event venue; it is a network for active alliances to promote culture, education and inclusion. The guiding principle is social innovation. The operator of the KulturBahnhofs is the non-profit association K9 – Kultur e.V.; it has been active in supporting urban/rural alliances and placing socio-culture in provincial areas. Long-term projects include the StörFrequenz studio, which connects the region as a radio-based integrative space, and the Kulturloge: it provides low-income guests with free admission tickets.

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