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Distance learning for children of Pserimos Island

14 January 2009 / 21:01:55  GRReporter
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According to official reports, 130 people live on Pserimos Island and during the winter, their number goes down to 25. Seven from them are children – brothers and sisters. When one of them finishes primary school and needs to get into a high school, then the real chaos starts. The closest high school is on the neighboring island – Kalimnos, which is 40 minutes away with a small ship.


Few words about Pserimos Island, which is a typical example of a remote Greek island with a small population – there is no school and a health center on the island. The area of Pserimos is 14.8 square meters and there are no roads and cars. The only village is the local port, called Avlakia. The main occupation of the locals is fishing and stock-breeding.


In order to solve the problem with the high school education, the Dodecanese authorities decided to include the local children in the distance learning program. The program is still in its first level as a project but the regional authorities are tightly co-operating with the Informatics Department of the Aegean University, which has started developing it and are going to make it successful.


The regional authorities of the Dodecanese Island have planned to execute a whole package of programs connected with the use of new technologies. The goal of these programs is for the citizens of remote islands to start using computers and the internet for their education. They should start using new technologies for their everyday needs, this way they will understand the opportunities they can seek after.


The most important achievement will be the application of those programs in the education process. The conception for distance learning is becoming more and more popular and is connected with transferring knowledge from a distance. The main priority of the distance learning for the adults is that is provides the opportunity to program the time and place from where they will learn. Distance learning in Greece is offered by the Open University and the Athenian University Kapodistrias.


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