Where is Ypsipyli hiding? Chapter ΙΙΙ

Cultural education in the schools of Lemnos

Where is Ypsipyli hiding? Chapter ΙΙΙ

With the mythical queen Ypsipyli as a guide, the program “Where is Ypsipyli hiding?” is an educational journey through the history, heritage and the unique landscapes of Lemnos, featuring experiential, creative and innovative activities.

Ypsipyli’s companions are students from primary, secondary and high schools, who study the emblematic landmarks of Lemnos and contribute, through various narrative means, to the promotion of the island’s present identity.

MedINA has been collaborating with the NGO Places and Traces, which has designed and coordinates the programme “Where is Ypsipyli hiding?”, based on a memorandum of understanding, for the implementation of Chapter III during the school year 2023-2024 and more broadly for the joint promotion of culture and education on Lemnos.

The programme is being implemented for the third consecutive school year on Lemnos in collaboration with local primary and secondary schools. The programme’s actions are under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture and the Municipality of Lemnos, while being supported by an interdisciplinary team of experts and the Department of Archaeology and History of Art of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.

The approach is cross-thematic and incorporates methods of place-based learning. Chapter III focuses on antiquity and prehistoric times, and students will have at their disposal means of expression such as creative writing and its digital processing, as well as visual arts. In this context, a series of educational activities will be carried out for the students of the collaborating schools, along with dissemination activities where students will take the lead, highlighting different themes and raising awareness in the local community and among visitors.

Beyond the co-organization of Chapter III, MedINA will also contribute to the development of topics related to the Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) of Lemnos. Targeted actions will emphasize the importance of ICH and the role of local varieties in Lemnos’ present food system.

More specifically, two webinars will be held for the safeguarding of Lemnos’ ICH by its natural heirs, the children, and its valorisation for the sustainable development of the island’s food system. Moreover, ICH will be one of the major touchpoints during walks around Lemnos’ landmarks. At the final event of this year’s program, ICH will be presented to a wider public with talks and discussions, highlight its role in today’s context.

Last year, MedINA participated as a knowledge provider in Chapter II of the programme, organising a visit to the Kastrinos’ mandra in Fakos for an experiential presentation of the mandra’s agro-ecosystem.

10 schools on Lemnos are participating in Chapter III of the program: the 1st and 3rd Primary Schools of Myrina, the Primary School of Nea Koutali, the Special Primary School of Kallithea, the High Schools of Livadochori, Moudros and Myrina, the Senior High Schools of Myrina and Moudros and the Special Vocational Education Laboratory of Repanidi.