Price: 530€ (Includes course fee, entrance to sites and museums, transportation in the city during the course)
AM LearnToTeach Courses
Number of participants: 20
Teachers & school staff from primary and secondary level, and special needs.
Not-for-profit / NGO staff
Subjects & Competences
History of Culture
Language & Literature
Primary School Subjects
ReligionSocial Studies / Sociology
Glass and Ceramics
Cultural awareness and expression
Social and learning
102 I Cultural heritage - Gates of Europe: Founding Europe, finding identities
Thessaloniki, founded in 315 B.C., is a city unique in so many ways. After Macedonians, Romans and Byzantines, the Ottomans arrived, making it an influential outpost of Islam. Jewish refugees from Christian Spain also thrived here. The German influence saw the Jews decimated; and after two world wars, a civil war and a dictatorship, it's now in its European present.
A central theme of this course delves into Thessaloniki being ruled for 500 years by an empire, under the sultans of Constantinople, while being inhabited by people of three distinct religions (Christians, Muslims and Jews). Despite differences, people lived peacefully with religious tolerance. These three faiths were also made up of three different communities that co-existed but did not mix, keeping their own different languages, customs and neighbourhoods, and eventually swept away by nationalism that appeared later on throughout Europe.
To this day, battered by centuries of experience, Thessaloniki provides valuable material for 21st-century teachers and their students. This seminar will introduce and explain important features of the Roman-Byzantine, Muslim and Jewish past of Thessaloniki.
It is both an honour and pleasure for us to try to bring to light the multileveled past of this unique city. Historic buildings and landmarks, such as the Byzantine walls, the White Tower, the Church of Saint Demetrios, the Hamza Bey Mosque and the Bezesteni market, the Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki and the Jewish Cemetery are remnants of this diversity which has contributed to the city's vibrant cultural scene.
Trainers will be in contact with the participants in order to solve any questions or doubts. And provide advice on accommodation, airports, airlines etc. They will also familiarize participants with the website of the seminars which will be used to upload pedagogical material created during the course duration.
Course fee: 530 euros per person.
It includes the course fee, entry tickets where needed, and transportation within the working days of the course. Airport transport and accommodation are not included.
Please, take into consideration that sending institutions should have an insurance coverage for their participants as stated in the Erasmus+ Quality Standards for Mobilities.
Meeting and getting to know each other (ice breaking activities)
Course information (aims, concept, summary of activities)
Tuesday: Starting from the beginning
• Museum of Royal Tombs in Aigai (Vergina)
Wednesday: A walk around the Roman-Byzantine Thessaloniki
• Palace of Galerius
• Kamara Arch
• Church of the Virgin Mary Acheiropoietos (Byzantine church)
Thursday: Discovering the Ottoman past of the city
• Meeting and first approach (Poetry & Narrative session)
• Trigonion (Chain) Tower
• The walls & Heptapyrgion
• Atatürk Museum
• White Tower
Friday: Discovering the Jewish heritage in Thessaloniki
• The Jewish Museum
• The Jewish Synagogue (Monasteriotes Synagogue)
• The old Jewish area in Thessaloniki
• The Holocaust Memorial
Course portfolio: presentation of the lesson plans.
Reflections/Summary of the course
*The programme is subjected to changes in case of unforeseen circumstances.
This course will provide material for critical thinking and better understanding of our common European origins. It will help us empathise with human fate by continuing to learn about the stories of people who were challenged, persevered, went missing, overcame and thrived, hoping that this rich and varied history will help us better discover our own identities.
Thessaloniki's cultural heritage is a testament to the importance of preserving our history and celebrating our differences. Teaching history in a modern and interactive way, with guided visits and walking tours throughout the city streets and learning more about the city's past and present are only part of what this seminar will offer to the interested candidates.
Furthermore, we aim to facilitate our participants in their quest for networking and collaborating with other participants and institutions. Following the original objectives of Erasmus+, we take very seriously the exchange of ideas, experiences and methodologies. Thus, our day to day programme, includes theory, discussion, cultural activities and practice.
Our courses are thought in a way that theory and practice combine with our participants' working experiences. Exchange of practices and methodologies provide a rich environment of examples and ideas that each one can transfer to their own reality and with their own means. The pedagogical material that we offer can be used, open and free under Creative Commons (CC) which is one of the criteria of Erasmus+. We always try to meet all methodologies so our material is always linked to ICT for those who can apply them in their teaching process.
Participants are asked to create a simple activity (teaching or other) and upload in on our working platform. In this way, produced material can be shared among the group and thus, enrich their pedagogical activities obtained.
To ensure optimum enjoyment of the course, we communicate the next day´s briefing and we create a group communication tool in order to avoid changes or unexpected situations. Our goal is to enhance the exprerience and to construct relationships among the participants and our trainers that can lead to future partnerships and collaborations.
We take our participants' personal development seriously and consequently, we offer a Certificate of Attendance that is in line with the specifications of Erasmus Quality Standards for Mobilities. The Certificate states the number of hours of the course (30), the place and date of the course and the participant's name. Our participants usually need to produce a simple activity/product which will be uploaded in our working platform. Upon the completion of this task, the participants can receive the certificate.
We also certify and sign the Mobility Agreement, Quality Commitment and Europass Mobility or any other document our participants wish to obtain in order to comply with Erasmus+ and/or their personal development.