Founded in 1992 under the name of “Society for the Development and Creative Occupation of Children (EADAP)”, the society specializes in the study, promotion and dissemination of educational innovations aimed at developing the potential of ALL preschool and elementary-school age children.
In a first stage (1992-1994), our scientific team researched preschool education, collected scientific data and created an in-school training methodology, named ‘Synergy’. Over the next three years (1995-1998), based on the above method, we implemented and evaluated pilot educational programs school in nurseries and kindergartens.
From 1999-2004 we propagated ‘Synergy’ methodology through:
• programs in numerous state kindergartens both within and outside Attica municipality
• engaging members of the institutions involved in the projects
• staffing programs with certified trainers-mediators
• publishing scientific papers
• presentations at conferences and workshops
• conducting surveys in Greece
• participation in research programs abroad
Since 2004 and after completing the program evaluation, we designed new programs with the following criteria:
• promote intercultural education ( ‘Aesopos’ program)
• focus on specific topics, such as health education, environmental education, evaluation etc.
• meet training needs in the periphery through distance education
• emphasis on the needs of education managers (school counselors, training managers, school principlas etc)
• implement educational experiential nature programs for schools and nurseries.
From 2005 to 2011 we designed seminars of various thematic and duration addressed to the needs and interests of teachers, parents, students, educational staff and social partners. In parallel, we carried out the program “Steki”, focusing on creative extracurricular activities for children.
From 1992 to the present time, we continue to:
• conduct scientific research
• publish scientific articles
• carry out training programs
• specialize in service training
• organize innovative educational activities for young children
• encourage cooperation between parents, teachers, public and private bodies
• carry out programs that promote respect for diversity
• create and publish educational material (printed and audiovisual)
• organize meetings, conferences, festivals and educational trips
• support educational networks
* participate in European programs and networks
Since 2006, we extended our mission in services related to migrant populations, children with disabilities, volunteers and cultural programs. We also widened our target group by including adolescents, young people and their families.