The 2nd Lyceum of Kos is a state school with 350 students and 35 teachers that is situated in the border island of Kos. Kos is located in the south-eastern Aegean Sea.
Our school possesses library, ICT lab, physics and chemistry labs, gym etc. and has adopted initiatives that have to do with teaching such as cross-curricular approaches.
The students of our school come from different social backgrounds. Some are immigrants from countries of East Europe, we have students with different religions, most of our students are Christian but we also have a minority of Muslim students.
We are a Secondary Education School in a suburban island area with a growing, mixed-community population. Although our students have the opportunity to communicate and contact with people from others countries (Kos is a tourist resort) we feel it is very important for students in this mixed community to begin to see themselves as citizens of tomorrow's Europe, and to see Greece in the wider context of diversity within a common European heritage.
Our pupils are well-motivated and high-achieving but it is a central policy in our school that pupils must develop good knowledge of foreign languages, linked with key competences for employability such as ICT skills, creativity and team-work, in order not only to increase their chances of finding good jobs in the future but also to acquire a base of knowledge common to educated persons and the capacity to expand that base over their lifetime so that they develop an integrated personality. We have foreign language lessons of English, French, Italian, German and Spanish.
We will be an associate partner, though we are also willing to take over the coordinating role in the project if necessary.
We hope that this Comenius project will provide a framework for teachers to further help students develop the essential skills and attitudes.