Study visit in Larissa- Greece in the frame of SEYW project!

Art Square ASBL travelled to Larissa in Greece from february 11 to 13, 2020 for a study visit in the context of the SEYW Erasmus+ project on“The added value of social entrepreneurship in youth work” co-funded by the Erasmus+ Program of the European Union.

 

We were welcomed by our host iED – Institute of Entrepreneurship Development, a research organisation committed to the promotion of innovation and the enhancement of the entrepreneurial spirit. iED also develop research and provide innovative solutions that facilitate the growth of healthy entrepreneuship and promote employment.

Located on the banks of Pineios river, the city of Larissa has contantly been inhabited since the prehistoric times. The town was the heart of commercial life during the ottoman occupation and this tradition was preserved over the years while the city and its market continued to expand towards the valley.


We had the privilege to visit different cases of social entrepreneurship from education to culture, art and women entrepreneurship.

Our first visit starts with the Social Care Partnership Horripos, a Center for Education, Diagnostics, Sport and Therapy which offers comprehensive support and services to children in particular financially vulnerable groups and with the aim of integrating children with disabilities. As we learnt from the beautiful work performed by the people within this organisation, we also understand that they surely need more support from the state.

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PHOTO-2020-02-17-10-58-28The second visit at Exandas, a Social Cooperative Enterprise born out of the need of educators to create the conditions that will allow children to work with dignity, imagination and a creative spirit, distancing from any form of competition that promotes both market and degree.

Recognizing the difficulties that the modern school, which is systematically disrupted, with ever-changing systems, has to deal with, they come to support the students at all stages from elementary to high school.

We were very impressed by the devotion and the passion of the educators for the kids and the creativity spirit around the work space from robotics, computer to art and writting.

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Early in the evening of the second visit’s day, we were impregnated within the great history of Larissa during our visit at the Museum of the Mil of Pappas.

The exhibition displays the stages of the technological progress of the Mill, the secrets of the industrial processing of wheat as well as the people who created an important flour milling industry in the heart of Thessaly region. We were guided by a representative ofNoon Egno, a Social Cooperative Enterprise founded by a group of young people who design and implement cultural, tourist and educational activities. The aim is to create a fruitful dialogue with young and old, through historical paths, alternatives and experiences.

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Our final visit ended wonderfully in Gonnoi one hour from Larissa, within Agricultural Women Association of Gonnoi, a cooperative, which produces and sell traditional products and food. We are able to witness that empowering women entrepreneurship can only lead to success. The women cooked for us traditional dishes and deserts of Greece.

We also had the pleasure to visit the Folklore Museum of Gonnoi, which presents collections of over 7,000 items of considerable value and of particular interest.

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The visit in Larissa was deeply instructive and inspirational. All the social entreprises visited have successes but more challenges as we can’t expect less from social entreprises.

However there are definitely common points between all such as determination, unity and altruism.

Many thanks to Institute of Entrepreneurship Development for hosting and organising this inspirational visit!

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1 Comment

  1. komoda
    September 8, 2020 at 5:47 pm — Reply

    Very interesting. thank you for this blog.

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