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Olga Daskali

2017/18 Messolonghi

Olga comes from Messolonghi, a historic part of Greece, and is driven by the value of freedom and a love for the natural environment. She is a lawyer with an MA in European Studies. Passionate about active citizenship, she participates in citizens’ initiatives to organize programs on urban planning, participation and the protection of nature. She is a board member of the local radio station and hosts a weekly show. She loves swimming and dancing.

Olga did her START shadowing at the Honigfabrik, Hamburg. She trained herself in a boat-building workshop with children. She is particularly interested in the incentives that children have when they make things with their hands. She intends to use this experience to organize children’s workshops in Messolonghi, documenting traditional professions that are disappearing: boat builders, fishermen, salt workers. Her project “Roots are Routes” aims to create employment possibilities, transfer local worker’s knowledge to youngsters and appreciate places and landscape elements.

Project Progress Phase III Phase II Phase I

Phase III

Scaling the projects in Greece

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Duration

Sep onwards

Project Title

Roots are Routes

Our current main goal is to build up the sustainability of this initiative and develop its prospects for further expansion. We seek to dig in, and deepen our establishment in the area. This phase of the project specifically aims to test our existing methodologies in the context of Special-Education, sustain our students’ common intention to continue on from what they learned and achieved in earlier phases, create adult participant groups, keep the working spaces in the Museum of Vaso Katraki in Etoliko open, preserve old traditional wooden boats, create employment stimuli through the use of local elements of place-landscape, and to create a positive culture for vocational education through our activities.

We look forward to working with our participants. In particular, to applying our successful Roots are Routes methods (developed in earlier phases) to our work with the Special Education Vocational Junior High and High-School of Messolonghi, with new groups of adults, with children and young people who want to continue their participation and, of course, with new-comers!

Phase II

Project implementation in Greece

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Duration

Dec - May

Project Title

Roots are Routes

What will I be when I grow up? Where I want to live? What profession suits me?

The answer to every question lies within us. That is why what matters is the path we are going to follow in order to find our answer. "Roots are Routes" initiative designs and organizes actions for career guidance.

Our Program Philosophy: Learn by doing. We come close to nature, we get to know local jobs that tend to disappear, we explore new methods, we use our hands. Participants receive stimuli and cultivate their potential. Transfering knowledge through intergenerational collaboration and teamwork complement the anthropocentric profile of the initiative. Art and new technologies are part of Roots are Routes (RaR) toolbox. We work with schools, public and private bodies, local authorities, small and large businesses, museums, artistic organizations. Instructors of our workshops are being selected based on the needs of  participants and the nature of actions.

Our method is targeted to students who want to explore themselves, teachers who have a holistic view of education, entities in the field of education and employment, parents who want to support their child to engrave his/hers own future.

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Phase I

Capacity building in Germany

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Duration

Sep - Nov

Project Title

Roots are Routes

The project “Roots are Routes” documented a five-day boat-building workshop with children, aged 8 to 12 years old, at the Honigfabrik, Hamburg. Olga Daskali brought together a team of five young adults from the Nelson Mandela School in Wilhelmsburg and created a participatory documentary about boat-building at the Honigfabrik, a booklet with the steps of boat building in three languages and photo material. From the very beginning, the young adult students expressed their interest in making a documentary; this is why Olga organized a one-day workshop about storytelling and documentary filmmaking and invited Angelos Tsaousis, a documentary filmmaker and START fellow, to be an instructor. The results of the project were presented on November 4th during the Honigfabrik’s annual market event, “Made with Love”. The film and an exhibition of the model boats produced by the eight children who participated in the workshop were shown and the booklet with the steps of boat building was released.

Host Institution

Honigfabrik

Built in 1906, the landmarked Honigfabrik was originally a margarine factory. A honey factory moved in after the Second World War, giving the building its current name. The honey production ceased in 1997 and a cultural institution moved in in 1979. 

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