EarlyBirds

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EarlyBirds: Educational Sustainability

Athens, GreeceAthens, Greece
Year Founded:
2014
Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
Project Stage:
Idea
Budget: 
$1,000 - $10,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

EarlyBirds focuses on encouranging and stimulating tomorrow's thinkers and leaders that will invest in responsible and active citizenship.This project is here to bring progressive learning in educational system that will enhance empathy and cooperation in family,school and society.

About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

As a society, we are in the middle of a great shift in the socioeconomic system. The ecosystem that we live in is insufficient to provide people and especially children with the appropriate tools and skills that they need to adapt to the rapid changes of the world.As the educational system is this, that shapes the character and the composition of humans at their early age, is the fact that has to shift and corresponds to the needs of the society.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

Humans, at their early age, are characterized by flexibility and early adaption to educational changes and learning solutions. This is what EarlyBirds wants to use and encourages tomorrow's scientists,thinkers,activists,leaders and shapes a community of learners that will lead to interaction in family,school and society.EarlyBirds wants to teach emotional and social skiils that will lead to progressive education.We focus on enhancing cooperation,assertion,responsibility, self-control and empathy through organizing non-formal,experiential, educational projects for children from the age of 5 to the age of 15.We aim at the primary and secondary education shift that will actually lead to the socioeconomic change in our world.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Imagine a pupil at the last class of the high school,or an adult who is unhappy in his/her job and feels completely unprepared not only for the job market but for the "life market" too.The educational system through formal learning did not give them the necessary tools for personal and social enrichment.They did not have the chance to develop responsible and active citizenship and implement this into the society they live in and the work they dream to acquire.This means that they did not develop their empowerment and decision-making skills so as to impact society and form better-living conditions for themselves and the future generations.EarlyBirds aims at changing this and form intependent thinkers,lifelong learners and productive citizens

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

EarlyBirds is a project that encourages a dynamic community of learners that will enhance emotional and social skills.It will offer cooperation, assertion,academic and empathy enrichment.This project will promote emotional intelligence, make positive contribution to society and form lifelong learners and responsible members of the world.It will offer commitment to the school-wide community,service learning and inclusive practices that will engage experiential learners to empower the communities.All these will be achieved through non-formal and lifelong education that will stimulate children, shape the "living together" spirit and motivate them to become involved by raising awareness about current values,equal opporunities,social inclusion and cultural diversity. Through our project we aim at the empowerment and the importance of personal development.

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

Through partnerships with public/private schools, NGOs, educational institutes,parents and teachers communities, we aim at the expansion of the project throughout Greece but also throughout the world.As the skills development and educational empowerment are some of the European policy strategies, we believe that this project could have a great scale, except from the initial niche implementation in Greece and could change and reform the international concept about the educational systems and formulate a dynamic and nascent community of learners.
Sustainability

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

For this project to be sustainable, we need to cooperate with teachers/parents school communities of public/private schools.This project will be sold as a one year course for pupils from the age of 5 to the age of 15,so the incomes will come from an annual subscription from the pupils. The second plan is that the project could be a part of a learning course in an educational institute or a NGO,so the incomes could be a subsidize from each sector.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

Our marketplace consists of stakeholders form the public and social sector such as NGOs,private/public Schools,Educational Institutes,national/local municipalities that will invest into the commitment to the educational-wide community and the service-learning practices.Furthermore,through the project,by engaging learners to empower society and become productive members of it, we aim at the reduction of the unemployment rates and at the personal skills development.
Team

Founding Story

The EarlyBirds team was formulated in an entrepreneurial workshop,as a part of a competition.Four people with different backgrounds met each other accidentally and through the workshop they ended up that the major problem in our societies is the lack of "pedia" in the educational systems. As "pedia" we considered the fact of values that a child should shape in the school,the interaction it should have with the environment that encompasses it and the skills it should enhnce so as to get prepared for the challenges in life.So we decided to change the underling situation and formulate the progressive education,the education we were dreaming of when we were pupils, an education that consists of interaction and empathy.

Team

Our team consists of John Foundis:Marketing Director, Odysseas Megalooikonomou,Zoe Mitsiou:Product Managers, Eleftheria Papamichali:Project Manager(With educational experience), Konstantina Ntogka:Project Manager-Youth worker(with experience in non-formal,experiential education methods).When the project grows we plan a partnership with an eduacational NGO with expertized staff about educational and psycological children oriented background.
About You
Organization:
EarlyBirds
About You
First Name

Konstantina

Last Name

Ntogka

About Your Project
Organization Name

EarlyBirds

How long has your organization been operating?

Project
Organization Country

, Athens

Country where this project is creating social impact

, Athens

What awards or honors has the project received?
Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Friends and family, Individuals, Foundations, NGOs, Customers.

Supplemental
Partnerships: Tell us about your partnerships.

Hellenic Youth Participation

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