Visit to 2 nd Primary School and
Hienet Organization in Neo Faliro, Piraeus, .
During my project I also
visited a primary school from our neighborhood. I wanted to
know what the children aged between 7 and 12 know about the history and
the mythology of their country. Therefore, I participated in some history and
mythology lessons where we worked with different stories and found out
which ones were the kids' favorite ones. The answer of the group was very
positive and I managed to gather a lot of valuable information that helped
me through the creation of this website.
Of course, for children it is
always an exciting event to have someone different with them in the
lesson. It motivates them a lot and they want to show all they know. I was
impressed, some of them knew really a lot about the stories and the
adventures of the different mythological characters.
One of the activities was also to
read together some stories from their schoolbooks, which brought me closer
to the idea that Greeks have about their own mythology. It is a good way to see
the different points of view compared to other cultures, to see which things they emphasize
or they try to avoid mentioning. In general one can see that
Greek people are pretty proud of their ancient history, something quite
I also got the opportunity to
talk with some youngsters of my age from Hienet, a Non Governmental and
Non Profit Organization in Neo Faliro that offers computer lessons to the
people of the neighborhood and that helped me all way long during the
realization of this project. Through these meetings I was able to collect
very useful information about the structure of my website, about how to
make it more nice and user-friendly for the young people that are (or
might be) interested in this subject.
Now I can say I met very
different people. On the one hand, people who are really interested in
this subject, who have even linked their future plans with it. The
conversations I had with them
really fruitful and gave me the answer to many questions I had
about mythology and ancient history.
On the other hand, I met also the
opposite kind of people: youngsters of my age who do not care that much
about history and the adventures told in all the mythological stories.
These talks were even more interesting for me, since I tried to understand
what they did not like about these subjects. I got many typical comments
such as "history and mythology are boring, computer games are much
better!" and so on. To the question about if they had had any contact with
mythology before, most of the answers were "no".
However, this will always
surprise me, the fact that people are not interested at all in their own
history. I know this from other people and other countries, and even from
myself. For instance, I could tell you not even one myth from Germany,
neither something about its early history (I will change this soon, don't
worry). Mostly people have a general idea about their history because it
is their own and they have heard a lot about it, because every day they
get confronted with it somehow, but if you try to ask deeper, you will not
get more than a few key dates.
All in all, these talks and lessons have taught me a lot and I hope that
all this process will get more people interested in mythology and history,
even if it is just a little. Otherwise, one day these people will find
themselves facing history and mythology without not knowing so much about
it and then they will start to be interested in this subject by their own
initiative. This is something about what I am pretty sure, since the
history and the knowledge from our ancestors help us to explain many
things from today. Hopefully this website will be a way of going
through all these easier.
Finally, for my visits to the school I
would like to thank Dimitris Psoras and Olympia Milona, both teachers of
the school. They made possible my contact with the children and supported
me all the way during the lessons.