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Life Long Learning

General information:

The adult education system in Greece. (main providers, main programmes, popularity and financing)

PAN-EUROPEAN NETWORK FOR EDUCATION OF THE ELDERLY (PEFETE)
"Actual Trends in Senior Citizens´ Education"
Country Report: GREECE

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Practical information:

For those speaking and reading Greek there are many courses available. For those who only feel comfortable in English there are still a number of sources for educational courses.

FREE GREEK LESSONS FOR IMMIGRANTS   *NEW*

The Pan Hellenic Organization Elliniki Estia is organizing a Free Greek Language course totally 80 hrs. The course is based on Greek language training, Greek culture and also lessons about learning Greek through various form of culture such as: Greek music, dance and theatre. The  courses will take place in small groups and will be time flexible. Morning and afternoon classes 2-3 times/week (three hrs each course).

All services are free of charge.

For more information call Monday-Friday between 10-16.00 at 210-7646717, 210-7646713 or 6978696257.

The course will start next days and the location is Adamantiou Korai st, Nr 24, Virona(Αδαμαντίου Κοραή 24,Βύρωνας, 15 min walk from Pangrati Sq). You can go there by trolleybus 11 or bus 203 Station Dimarxeio(3rd after Pagrati Sq).

 
LEARN ROMANIAN LANGUAGE    *NEW*

The Romanian School of Athens offers free programs ( the only cost for students are photocopies) to adult foreigners of every nationality who want to learn Romanian language, to improve it or to perfect their knowledge of the language.

The school operates in Metaxourgeio area, 22 Kodratou st, behind Peroke Theatre.
 
Here is your chance to learn to speak Romanian. These classes are taught by a Romanian professor and cover beginning, and intermediate levels.
To mention as well that the classes are on Saturday noon, 1 hr for intermediate from 11-12, and 1 hr for beginners12-13.00.
For more information reply here or call at 6978696257(what's up).

Open University in the UK

Many of you will be aware of the Open University in the UK, but the Open Universityalso offers courses and support in Greece. See http://www3.open.ac.uk/near-you/worldwide/countries/Greece.shtm.

ATHENS CENTRE

An education centre in Athens with a variety of interesting courses is the Athens Centre, see http://www.athenscentre.gr/

DEREE COLLEGE

Deree College, in Athens, is also worth approaching since they run periodic courses in English for adults.

NELE_ Local Authorities often provide courses and opportunities through their Popular Education Centres. The web site is not in English but since some courses can be enjoyed without knowing Greek . They mention courses and  topics like Arts and Culture, the Social Economy and seld employmnt, citizenship education and special programmes for the disabled, but often there are gymnastic courses for older people. The only solution is to find out what is happening – through your local citizen centre or town hall. 
http://www.gsae.edu.gr/organ_nele.asp

Private courses.

A number of  private education centres offer courses in a wide variety of subjects. One significant provider of courses for older learners where language tends not to be a problem and where advice can be given about if you can do the course without knowing Greek, is the Athens College. Again a wide variety of courses e.g. languages, social sciences, arts, business studies, computer, athletics and exercise. Phone 210 6748160/153 or 210 678191. Web site (in Greek) www.haef.gr. The location of the college is in Psychico, Athens.

Also see the various National Cultural institutes such as the Goethe Institute, the French Institute, and the British Council which are all known for regularly offering interesting courses, musical events and talks for adults. (Athens, Thessaloniki), http://www.britishcouncil.org/greece-arts-and-culture.htm

Bridge Game

There are Bridge Clubs all over Greece- see http://www.hellasbridge.org/index.php?id=74,0,0,1,0,0

There are a number of centres that teach this stimulating card game.
Lessons are given regularly to Greek speakers and you should make enquiries at your local club to see if you could follow a lesson series. Duplicate Bridge does not require much Greek as it is played by indicating your calls and not speaking. In addition many players know a lot of English.
The Greek Federation of Bridge provides lessons and can advise on the possibility of learning with English instruction. Try 210 7480400. Located at Feidippidou 30 11527 Athens, their web site is http://www.hellasbridge.org/epikinonia
English speaking bridge clubs should let us  know if they seek members or offer lessons.

Other suggestions are very welcome.

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