The Schools of Early Childhood Studies and Special Education of Metropolitan College, Thessaloniki campus participated in the International Conference of the World Organisation for Early Childhood Education (O.M.E.P.) at Canterbury Christ Church University in the United Kingdom between May 5-7 2016.
In particular, a symposium entitled ‘Enabling children to reach their full potential: An integrated approach for professionals in education’ was held in collaboration with Dr Lindley-Baker, Dr Efstratopoulou from the School of Social Sciences, Bishop Grosseteste University, UK and Dr Vassiliki Pliogkou, Programme Leader of the specific School of Metropolitan College, Thessaloniki campus and President of OMEP Thessaloniki.
Moreover, a proposal entitled ‘Emotional intelligence and the interaction between teacher and student: a case study of a student with Asperger’s Syndrome’ was presented by the tutors Ms Kalliopi Tsaraktsoudi and Dr Vassiliki Pliogkou, along with two posters entitled:
• ‘Playing in the Museum: An interactive museum project about toys’, in collaboration with Ms Pliampa and Ms Delliou from the Children’s Museum of Thessaloniki, a placement site, students of the Schools of Early Childhood Studies and Special Education of Metropolitan College, Thessaloniki campus Charoula and Theodora Dimopoulou, the Placement Coordinator Ms Malliou and Dr Pliogkou.
• ‘I am ready! I am not afraid of the earthquake!: A project for early childhood about the physical phenomenon of earthquake’, which was designed and conducted by Ms Kountouroudi and Ms Kamperidou from the collaborating placement site ‘Infant Garden’, the students of the Schools of Early Childhood Studies and Special Education of Metropolitan College, Thessaloniki campus, Alexandra Konstantinidou and Maria Saltari as well as Ms Malliou and Dr Pliogkou.
The conference was attended by students of the undergraduate programmes of Early Childhood Studies and Special Education of Metropolitan College, Thessaloniki campus and delegates from Early Childhood and Human Sciences Schools from around the world. Among them, the President of the International Committee of the World Organisation for Early Childhood Education and Deputy President of UNICEF, Hong-Kong, Dr Maggie Koong, the President of the European OMEP Dr Nektarios Stellakis, the President of the African OMEP Ms Abimbola Are, as well as members of the Boards of National Committees of OMEP and their Annexes from countries all around the world.