Mousiko Scholio Trikalon, Grecia

The Music School of Trikala is one of 49 currently operating in Greece. It is based in Trikala, seat of the county of Trikala, and accepts students from all over the county. Currently, it has 310 students and employs 85 teachers of which 50 are General Education teachers and 35 teach music studies. The students are selected via entry exams and they study in our school for all six years of high school. Upon finishing school students can participate in exams for entrance to the university, both on music studies and any other subject they want.

The school was founded in 1997 and has been operating continuously for 21 years. The students study European and Byzantine music, both vocal and instrumental. The school runs courses for students across all grades for traditional, assorted, symphonic, byzantine and electronic music as well as jazz music. Students present their work at the end of each year to our town as well as other music schools with which we collaborate. We have participated at competitions with distinction, gaining first prizes for piano, guitar and choir. Our students have taken part and gained first prize at competitions of varying subjects such as the French language, photography, musical setting and orchestration and a world competition of fairy tales in Spanish; they have also gained distinctions in short film production on solidarity and racism. Some of our talented students have continued their music studies at Universities abroad and are building a career on the subject. Some of our students have returned to our school as teachers which demonstrate their association and comprehensive presence at our school. At the same time, many of our students continue to take part in oratory events organised by another high school of our town as well as a poet’s symposium for students and staff, also organised by a high school of our town. Our school has also collaborated with the Department of Music of the University of Arta in a concert of traditional music with our choir and orchestra. We participate in the European exchange programme of Erasmus+ as well as the music festivals of Xanthi and Kavala; we are frequently visited by other music schools from Alimos, Karditsa


I.I.S.S. “Carlo Maria Carafa” Mazzarino, Italy

The school, located in Mazzarino, is a three-storey modern building, there are 33 school classes,1 gym, 3 IT labs, 1 language lab. School classes are large, comfortable and sunny most of the time. Mazzarino is a very ancient town, its origin can be traced back to the XIII century. Lifestyle is very quiet and even a bit boring for young people, there are few pubs, and no cinemas, theatres, or discos, there are just one swimming pool and a few playing fields. Agriculture is the main economic activity.

The school year starts mid- September and finishes in early June, we have a fortnight holiday at Christmas and 5 days at Easter. Lessons start at 08.00 and end at 14.00.

In school there are four types of courses:

1) Liceo Classico where Latin and Greek are the most important subjects;

2) Liceo delle Scienze umane in which students are concerned mainly with Social Studies;

3) Tecnico Commerciale (Accountancy and Business)

4) Tecnico Geometri (Topography and Constructions)

5) High School (predominant disciplines biology, science, chemistry, etc.)

6) Hotel Institute address where students are formed for catering and facilities albeghiere

7) Textiles Institute address where students are formed in the field of fashion and tailoring.

Pupils attending fall in Bucket 14/19 and the total pupils 1320

Common subjects for all courses are: Italian, History, Mathematics, English.  Students are not only from Mazzarino but also from Riesi and Butera, near towns. The social environment is friendly and relaxed, there are no acts of vandalism or bullying. Students are involved in most decisions concerning them.


Istanbul Avrupa Arastirmalari Dernegi, IAAD,Turquía

İstanbul Avrupa Araştırmaları Derneği (IAAD) is established under the form of not for profit Civil Society Organisation (CSO). Its main activities are organised in three spheres: Education and Training, Societal Challenges, and innovation and technology. IAAD plan and implement an average of 20 activities per year on a regular basis. Target groups – Youth (15-29 years old) and Youth Workers essentially, juveniles (10-13 years old), and adults, more particularly people with Special Education Needs (SEN), NEET, people with fewer opportunities or at risk of marginalization. The main aim of IAAD's engagement in SSH initiatives are to raise-awareness on innovations as key drivers to strengthen social cohesion and lower social inequalities. Migrants/refugees inclusion, cultural heritage and traditions – IAAD promotes specific inclusion programmes targeting the migrant population. Initiatives aim at assisting local and regional communities to increase employability with tailored learning programmes, innovative community development models (community cooperatives), promoting and supporting the capitalization of experiences from elderly generations, linking them with Youth and the ICT sphere.

Agrupamento de Escolas de Paredes de Coura, Portugal

Agrupamento de Escolas de Paredes de Coura is a non-profit public elementary, basic and secondary aggregation of schools located in Paredes de Coura. It is located in Northern Portugal, a municipality with about 9500 inhabitants and is the only public school in the county. It is a rural area but in the last years some factories have been established locally enriching the area, bringing more employment. It comprises 3 schools, one of which is a Kindergarten, the second is a primary school and the Secondary School from the 5th to the 12th grade. 50% of its 852 of students are subsidised by the local council and the state and the vast majority reside in the parishes outside the village. 6% are special needs students. The AEPC is part of a municipality with a medium-low economic development index and only 2% of the parents have higher education. Therefore, the school seeks to provide diversified cultural, scientific, sports and civic responses to its students. There are different projects in the context of digital skills and ICT, education for health and sexuality, financial literacy, environment (there is a protected area near the school), recycling and animal protection. It has different clubs such as: Sports, Arts, Theatre, Photography and Book club. There is also a digital newspaper. It is regularly assessed, both internally (by an independent team of teachers, school assistants, students, parents) and externally (by state educational supervisors). We work closely with our community, that is, parents, local council and all local institutions. Our priority is to ensure that our students have all the opportunities students in big cities have. And we consider of the upmost importance to give them the opportunity to learn with students from other countries and cultures.

Music School of Kavala, Greece – Coordinator

Music School of l Kavala is a public Greek School which was established in 1996. Located in the city of Kavala, a city 2500 years old situated right next to northern coasts of deep blue and crystal clear the Aegean Sea, opposite the emerald island of Thasos. The school belongs to the secondary stage of education and involves high school and lyceum levels, ages of students from 13 to 18 years old. Its potential numbers 50 teachers of general and music education and 210 students. The aim of the Music School of Kavala is the preparation and training of young people who wish to invest in a career in the music field and at the same time not to be deficient in general education in a case that finally decides to choose another academic or professional field.

Apart from general knowledge subjects like maths, language, history etc are taught in addition, music and art classes. In Music Education courses students study on an equal basis Greek Traditional Music, European (classical and contemporary) music and also History of Art &Theater. The purpose of the establishment of the Music School of Kavala is the aesthetic culture of pupils through music education, without lagging behind in general education. This objective is being achieved by teaching music and art lessons, along with general courses as well as and in taking part in various events such as Ensembles, Theatre, Music Contests & others. The objectives of the school, in general, is well-education, cultivating a democratic culture, cooperation between members of the school community, self-motivation, and initiative. In particular, at the Music School of Kavala, we believe that these objectives can be achieved through the combination of classical educational knowledge, culture and artistic culture of music. In addition, the Music School of Kavala helps to develop creativity, to highlight the talents and cultivation of the sensitivity of each student.

In more details, the school provides educational opportunities to young people who intend to expand their knowledge and skills on the music field and to receive also a lyceum degree certificate.

The school beyond its educational activities has a significant presence in the cultural and social life of the city through the participation of its musical schemes in performances and musical shows. It has received many awards in Art competitions for students both in regional and National level. It has also collaborated and worked with distinguished artists as well as with many schools both in Greece and abroad.

At the same time, every year implements numerous programs of School Activities on Environmental Education, Health Education, Cultural Affairs and Education Career. In order to carry out all the previously mentioned activities, every year collaborates with most of the institutions and groups not only of our city but from the whole region.