We are delighted to have Aggelos Patsias among our speakers. Aggelos, born in 1985, is an educator who has been the teacher and director of a primary school with only four teachers to cover the needs of six classes located in the mountainside of Crete, in a remote, rural village named Fourfoura, for the last two years.
Unknown to most, Fourfoura became known in educational circles through Aggelos Patsias’s revolutionary choice to view the difficult circumstances he encountered there as an opportunity. Patsias’s aim is “to launch various innovative activities that will help create a new educational system that will meet the specific needs of each and every place”.
He initiated the “School of Nature and Colours” project, an educational role model of creative self-management, in which pupils are taught beyond the curriculum – among other things – how to sing and dance, stage theatrical plays, raise funds for their school through a vegetable garden and make their activities and campaigns known to the public through their blog and online channel.
Aggelos was born in Athens and grew up in Drama. After completing his studies in Primary Level Education in Alexandroupoli, he moved to Rethymno, Crete. He is also an MA candidate at the Faculty of Sociology at the University of Crete and he lives with his wife Maria in a village in the suburbs of Rethymno.
To learn more about Aggelos Patsias’s project you can visit the school’s page onFacebook.