The landscape of our future

The landscape of our future

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On Thursday, February 29th, the educational activity titled “The Landscape of Our Future” by MedINA was successfully completed! The activity took place in two different phases and was hosted in the wonderful space of Eliopoulos Museum in Filiatra with the collaboration of the “Captain Vassilis and Carmen Constantakopoulos” Foundation and the support of the teachers from Gargaliani high school.

We had 19 students from the Gargaliani high school with us, who with their ideas, imagination, and creativity achieved to elevate the activity!

Our goal was acquaintance, understanding, and creative processing of concepts related to the landscape through a role-playing game that was the focus of the educational process. Using tools from the art of theater and creative play, the children “entered” into the roles of a science fiction scenario, traveled through time machines to the past and future of the landscape, and took initiatives for interventions in the present, guided by how they want their landscape to be.

On Thursday, February 22nd, the first day of implementation, we started with an introduction to the concept of landscape change, both according to our subjective perception and experiences, and over time. In order to approach experientially these parameters that affect the landscape, we created a map of the area, with painting as the main tool. The map did not resemble the maps we know, but accurately reflected the relationship and perception of the children with the landscape as well as the whole theoretical framework that was placed at the center of the session.

Following this action, the children learned about the history of the landscape from the MedINA team and from our guest Antonis Paraskevopoulos, Director of the director of the Regional Department of Agricultural Economy of Trifyllia. Then, we explored Filiatra and the area of Moraina, searching for traces of the landscape’s history and personal narratives. Mrs. Bosinaki welcomed us to her mansion in Filiatra, allowing us to see what the houses were like during the era of the raisin boom. The Stasinopoulos brothers awaited us in their greenhouse with treats and stories about how they have experienced the changes in the landscape and the way they have participated in these changes through their choices.

Thursday, February 29th, the second day of the activity, was dedicated to the future! Equipped with what we processed and learned in the first day, we traveled to 2046 to change the landscape! Through the role-playing game, the children had the opportunity not only to delve into the knowledge of the educational program but also to take brave initiatives for their place! The creative questions, ideas, and creativity of the children’s team filled the spaces of the Panos and Elias Heliopoulos Museum, and the program was completed with great joy!

We warmly thank the educators of the Gargaliani high school who supported and embraced the program, the Panos and Ilias Iliopoulos Museum for the warm hospitality, the CVF, which collaborated with MedINA for the implementation of the activity, the guests who enriched the separated phases with their narratives, and above all, we thank the children who elevated the “Landscape of Our Future” with their participation, initiatives, and sensitivity!

The project “Landscape Public Participation Tools – LPPT” is being implemented under the Active citizens fund in Greece by MedINA in collaboration with Captain Vassilis and Carmen Constantakopoulos Foundation.

The Active citizens fund in Greece is supported through a €15 m grant from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway as part of the EEA Grants 2014 – 2021. The programme aims to develop the sustainability and capacity of the civil society sector in Greece, and to strengthen its role in promoting and safeguarding democratic procedures, active citizenship and human rights. The Fund Operator for the Active citizens fund in Greece is Bodossaki Foundation in consortium with SolidarityNow. More information: www.activecitizensfund.gr/en/.