Targets * Who We Are & Contact Details
PDEDE (Regional Directorate of Primary and Secondary Education in Western Greece, PDEDE) is an education organization under the umbrella of the Greek Ministry of Education, Life-Long Learning and Religion. It is in charge of over 1300 schools of both levels of education -primary and secondary- and a number of more than 10000-12000 appointed teachers of all disciplines. It is one of the largest education organizations in Greece – responsible for schools and teachers in three Prefectures, Achaia, Etoloakarnania and Ilia. Its task is to co-ordinate, supplement, back up and implement the educational policies of the Ministry, along with supervising the implementation of various education projects, like European projects, in schools. Head of the Directorate since January 2010 is Dr. George Panagiotopoulos. One of his primary goals is to reinforce the educational process in schools under his jurisdiction; therefore his plans include the establishment of a European Project department within the Directorate. The department monitors in a more organized basis the results of already existing European projects and provides assistance to schools wishing to participate to European projects.
Postal Address: Regional Directorate of Primary and Secondary Education in Western Greece – 25A Akti Dimaion, 26222, Patras, Greece
Email: mail at pdede.sch.gr Tel: +30 2610 362 400
The European Projects Team (EU-PDEDE)
The Team of European Projects (Eu-PDEDE) aims at promoting the dissemination of the European Projects (European Projects as such, results and outcomes) at the schools within the region.
*General Responsible of the EU-PDEDE Team is the General Director Mr Konstantinos Giannopoulos
iiii–iiEU-PDEDE is coordinated by the Educational Advisors for Secondary and Primary Education, Sofia Christopoulou and Theodoros Barris.
Sofia Christopoulou was born in Patras. She graduated from the History and Archaeology Department of the University of Athens. She is a philologist, she holds a MSc in Education from the University of Patras and has special training in Culture, Aesthetic Education, Art History, Adult Education and Innovative Education Programs. She has worked on secondment at Rotterdam, Holland (1988-1994) in collaboration with the Office of Executive Education at the Hellenic Embassy in Brussels. She was the Director of School of Second Chance of Achaia from its foundation (2001) until 2003, Head of Cultural Affairs in the Division of Secondary Education of Achaia from 2005-07 and Consultant (School Advisor) of Philologists at Cephalonia and Ithaca (2007-2011). In 2011, she was appointed Consultant of Philologists in Patras.
She has participated in long-term European and research programs and she has worked as a teacher trainer, teaching at the National Center for Public Administration and Local Government. She has participated in numerous conferences in Greece and abroad and published articles in scientific journals, proceedings of scientific conferences and special publications. She has also published the following books: 1) Tastes of Achaeans, 2006, 2) Dietary Habits in Homer: A literary exploration, 2006, 3) Local History in the wider region of Achaia: Reading memory, listening space, 2006, 4) Revolution or Evolution? The environmental perspective on the language of school physical science, 2004, 5) «When we went school together …»: The image the school environment and school life during the 20th century-SPPE, 2004, 6) Evaluation of Local History programs (projects) in the period 1991-97 prefecture of Achaia, Patras, 2001 and 7) Markato : The market of yesterday, 1996.
She is currently the Head Consultant of Scientific & Educational Guidance for Secondary Education in Western Greece.
Theodore Baris was born in 1964 in Tritaia, Achaia, Greece. He graduated from the Pedagogical Academy of Tripoli and the Department of Primary Education, University of Patras. In 2001 he completed his studies at the Teachers College of Further Education, University of Patras, specializing in «Intercultural Education and Social Exclusion.» Since 2005 he holds a postgraduate degree on «Educational Policy and Social Exclusion.» From 1987 until now he has served as a teacher, Director of Education School and School Director of Primary Education.
He has published several scientific papers in Greek and international journals and has participated in papers in National and International conferences. His publications include the participation of the writing team of educational materials in the language of grade D. His professional and administrative experience includes his tenure in positions of responsibility in both local government as well as private entities and public entities (2007 – present: Councillor Municipality Tritaia & Erimanthou, 2007-2010: President of City Council Tritaia; 2009 – 2011: Board member of the center of prevention of drugs Achaia, 2008 – 2010: Member of the Prefectural Committees of Adult Education of Achaia; 2007 – 2011: Member of the Board of LUCC Achaia; 2007 – 2010: Member of the Board of the Centre for Local Development of Western Achaia – Local Development Limited Company; from 2007 to 2010: Member of the Board at KEK Educational Achaia SA of Patras Municipality, etc.).
He is currently the Head Consultant of Scientific & Educational Guidance for Primary Education in Western Greece.
European Projects Team
Official Disseminator of European programs of the Regional Directorate of Primary and Secondary Education of Western Greece. She was born in Patras and she works as administrative clerk in the Regional Directorate of Education in Western Greece with prior ten-year teaching experience in Primary and Secondary Education as a physical educator. She holds a degree in Physical Education, she holds a Msc in the “Organization and Management of Sports Organizations and Enterprises” and she is a candidate doctor of philosophy in the University of Peloponnese in “Sports Management and Marketing”. She was selected to work as an educator by the Higher Selection Council of Human Resources by scoring 92% in pedagogy and teaching methodology. She is an active scientific researcher with rich scientific work published on national and international level. She holds the Proficiency of Cambridge and Michigan (English) and is a fluent user of the French language. She is also certified in (by the Greek Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs and ECDL) in New Technologies. Elena Sarli is also an active volleyball and beach volleyball player ( she is a professional athlete competing for the past 15 years in first and second national division of the national volleyball championship, and the last 5 years is in the top 8 couples of the professional national Greek beach volleyball championship) and holds specialties in her basic degree the first one is volleyball coaching and the second is grass-roots activities.
Korina Tolia Official Subtitute Disseminator of European programs of the Regional Directorate of Primary and Secondary Education of Western Greece. (cv to be published)
Thomas Boulieris has graduated the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and has been working as an English Teacher for the past 10 years. He has participated as a coordinator in e-Twinning projects, in British Councils’ “Schools Online” and Teachers for Europe programme. In 2013 – 2014 and in coordination with the 29th Primary School of Patra he has created a ‘Case Card’, a way to register all bullying incidents of the school and try to mediate in these case studies.
Despina Plota was born in Patras. She graduated from the Department of Mathematics, School of Science, University of Patras, specializing in the field of Statistics and Entrepreneurial Research (18-11-1999). She also holds a post-graduate degree in “Computational and Resolution Mathematics” from the University of Patras (Department of Mathematics and Information Technology) (12-09-2010).
She has special training in matters of Special Needs Education and she holds certificates in Braille – the tactile writing and reading system used by the blind and the visually impaired– as well as in sign language (first and second level).
She holds a first-level certificate in Information and Communications Technologies (ICT), she is a proficient user of the English language (CPE–University of Gambridge1998/C, Proficiency in English-University of Michigan 1998) and a basic user of the Russian language.
She has been employed in Junior High Schools, Senior High Schools, Vocational Education Schools, Special Needs Schools, Vocational Training Institutes (IEK) and Second Chance Schools in the three Regional Units of Aetolia-Acarnania, Achaia and Ilia.
She has attended several conferences and day seminars in her study field as well as in educational matters.
She is a member of the scientific group of the Regional Directorate of Education in Western Greece, which is responsible for the realization of scientific research about the recording and study of the phenomenon of school violence in the schools of western Greece.
Ilias – Panagiotis Kourtesis He was born in Patras. He has been employed as an English language teacher for Primary and Secondary Education schools in Western Greece. He is currently employed on secondment as administrative clerk at the Regional Directorate of Education in Western Greece. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English Language and Philology from the University of Athens and he is a post – graduate student in the Sciences of Education at the University of Patras. He holds a B2 level certificate in the French Language.
Papadimitropoulou Panagoula is an Early Childhood Education teacher having a second faculty as a language teacher. Graduate of Department of Philosophy, Education & Psychology, specializing in Psychology and Early Childhood Education Department of the Faculty of Education Sciences. She holds a European Master Decree of Research in Education Sciences of the University Of Rouen, France and is a PhD student under the title “Career Development and Counseling”, University of Patras, Greece. She has been a partner in national and European projects (Leonardo Da Vinci, Operational Programme for Education and Initial Vocational Training). She is an excellent user of French and English and she is qualified (by the Greek Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs) in New Technologies.
Email: eu.pdede at gmail.com – Τel.: +30 2610 362 406
Evangelia is an administrator at PDEDE. She graduated from the Faculty of Agricultural Technology, TEI of Thessaloniki and has a Master’s Degree in Quality Assurance from the Greek Open University. She is certified for the English language (Proficiency) and the ICT use. She has worked at the Organisation of Vocational Education and Training (OEEK), Section CSF related to design, monitoring and coordination of implementation of OEEK projects co-financed by the Community Support Framework. She was also an administrator at the Greek Ministry of Education, Life Long Learning and Religious Affairs in Western Greece. Currently, she is working for the Ministry of Education, Life Long Learning and Religious Affairs in Western Greece, in the field of Primary Education and European Educational Projects.
Evangelia is responsible for the EU-PDEDE administrative support.