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Natalia Kidalova

Headmaster of the Methodology Department of the City Council Melitopol, Ukraine.
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Kidalova is Headmaster of the Methodology Department of the City Council in Melitopol, Ukraine, and a teacher of Ukrainian at Specialized school No23. She is a graduate of the Melitopol State Pedagogical Institute where she studied Ukrainian language and literature at the Department of English language and foreign literature. Kidalova coordinates the process of establishing and implementing projects and workshops on the topic of active citizenship, development of social competence and EDC/HRE competence and intercultural education. Ms. Kidlova participated at the Regional Summer Academy “Democracy at School” in Poland, 2012 and was co-trainer at the 2015 School for Democracy in Ukraine.

EWC involvement: School for Democracy (Ukraine)

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Michalis Kakos

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Michalis is a senior lecturer, researcher and teacher trainer at Leeds Beckett University (UK). His research interests span in the areas of citizenship, Human rights and inclusive education with a particular focus on the school capacity to accommodate democratic pedagogies and inclusive practices.

Michalis has designed and led teacher training and postgraduate courses on Citizenship and Inclusive education and has held research fellowships at the Centre for Citizenship and Human Rights Education (CCHRE), University of Leeds and at the Centre for Research in Inclusion and Diversity (CREID) University of Edinburgh.

In his current research Michalis is studying the inclusion of refugee students into formal education and the use of dialogue in the classroom, particularly for the exploration of controversial issues.

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Peter Krapf

Citizenship and history history teacher Schubart-Gymnasium in Ulm, Germany
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Peter Krapf was born in Oxford and was educated in the UK and Germany. He teaches citizenship and history at the Schubart-Gymnasium in Ulm, Germany, and trains teachers in citizenship education at the training college in Weingarten, Germany. Since 1996, he has been engaged in EDC/HRE teacher training projects, mainly in South Eastern Europe. He is co-editor of the series Living in Democracy.

EWC Activities: Democratic Governance of Schools in Ukraine (2014)

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Melinda Mula

Educational Consultant
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Melinda Mula works at Kosova Education Center for more than 15 years as an educational expert and at the University of Prishtina, Mathematics Department for more than 20 years. She manages different in-service teacher trainer programs that are focused on professional development of teachers for implementing new methodologies in teaching and learning process and in integrating different human values, like anticorruption issues, democracy principles in various parts of the curriculum. She participated at the South East Europe Regional Summer Academy, "Human Rights in Action” in Montenegro, 2013 and the ToT EDC/HRE programme in Budapest 2016. As a co-trainer, she facilitated the Kosovo Academy for EDC/HRE in 2015. She is certified as a trainer for many in-service teacher training programs, such as: Reading and Writing for Critical Thinking, Mathematics and Teaching of Mathematics, Education against Corruption, EDC/HRE, etc. She graduated in Mathematics and holds a master degree in Mathematics, too.

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Filip Car

English teacher, Primary School Čakovec, Croatia
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Filip Car works as an English teacher at the 3rd Primary School Čakovec in Croatia. He participated at the South East Europe Regional Summer Academy, "Human Rights in Action” in Montenegro, 2013. He was also a member of the Croatian team in the Council of Europe pilot project Travel pass to democracy: supporting teachers for active citizenship. He is currently working on a project on peaceful conflict resolution together with partners from Slovenia. He has led several workshops on EDC/HRE cross-curricular implementation for English teachers and will be a co-trainer at the 2015 South East Europe Regional Summer Academy

EWC involvement: Regional Summer Academy Programme

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Iro Potamousi

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Iro Potamousi is a graduate of the Department of Sociology of the Panteion University in Athens. She completed her postgraduate studies on Drama/Theater in Education at the University of Warwick in the UK, where she focused her research on TiE programmes. She is currently a PhD candidate at the University of the Aegean on the field of Pedagogy. As a trainer and theatre  practitioner, she has participated in educational projects that address social issues in collaboration with various organisations in Greece (University of Athens, NGO Ance, TENet-GR, UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Action Aid, NGO Ance ect.) and abroad (Liverpool Institute of the Performing Arts, University of Warwick, UCL, Pedagogical University of Zurich, Council of Europe).

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Ruben Krikyan

Civil Society and Education Program Coordinator, Jinishian Memorial Foundation (JMF), Armenia
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Mr. Krrikyan is a Civil Society and Education Program Coordinator of Jinishian Memorial Foundation (JMF). His primary tasks include research, development, implementation, and management of the projects related to civil society/ education sector. He is actively involved as a trainer/ facilitator in EDC/HRE projects of JMF in schools and universities. He is a founder and a Board Member of Avedissian “Green” private school in Yerevan. Mr. Krrikyan, as a country coordinator and HRE training facilitator/ trainer was involved in EQUITAS’ (international human rights training organization, Canada) HRE regional program in Ukraine.

EWC Activities: Regional Summer Academy Programme

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Veton Sylhasi

Programme officer Kosova Education Center (KEC)
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Veton Sylhasi is working as a program officer in a program for teacher professional development. He has been involved in various programs for professional development of teachers, school heads and other education stakeholders both at national and international level. His main area of expertise is EDC/HRE, development planning, education policies and research. He is also a human rights educator with young people and children and is a Director of Kosovar Association for Human and Children's Rights (KAHCR).

EWC involvement: Regional Summer Academy Programme

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Marios Koukounaras-Liagkis

Assistant Professor
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Marios studied Theology (ΒΑ, ΜΑ, PhD) Greek Literature (BA), and Social Pedagogy (PostDoc). He is an Assistant Professor of Religious Education at National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA). He worked as a Religious Education teacher and as a Consultant to the Minister of Education and Religious Affairs.

His research interests focuse on Religious Education (learning and teaching), Curriculum, Teacher’s professional development, Human Rights, Inclusive Education and Drama/Theatre in Education. His publications include 6 books and numerous articles.
He is currently working as a coordinator on an Erasmus+ (KA2) project on teaching of Competencies of Democratic Culture and as director of the Continuing Education and Lifelong Learning Entity of the NKUA.
Marios is part of the core trainer team of the EWC project “Integration of Refugee Children in Greek Schools”.

EWC involvement: Integration of Refugee Children in Greek Schools

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