Valya Stergioti talks about NERAKI | A Children’s Workshop

Valya Stergioti

I have always enjoyed working with children, trying to look at the world through their eyes and re-discovering its secrets and its magic with them.

This is why I chose the field of environmental interpretation: to create games and workshops that will become a pretext for young ones to learn more about the environment, to re-invent a forgotten relationship among man and nature where respect and enjoyment will replace of the well-established exploitation and ignorance. In doing so, I had the opportunity to co-operate with environmental NGOs and other agencies.

Furthermore, during the last decade I have written a series of articles for children’s and educator’s magazines as well as published my first book for children.

This year, besides co-operating with MELD on Νερό project, I am preparing two more workshops about Evros’ Delta, conducting research about environmental interpretation in Greece and writing.

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Working with Alexander was an unexpected pleasure! Meeting someone from another country, and collaborating in distance could be tricky, and I was aware of that when I first got aboard MELD.

But, even from our first meeting, it became obvious that although we come from different fields, our way of thinking about how this workshop should be organized was very similar! I am really looking forward in the implementation of Νερακι, not only because I believe it will be a success, but also because I am certain that we will have great fun while doing it.

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Meeting a class of students for 4 hours and interacting with them about a subject as complex as the Kifissos is not easy. I certainly do not believe that we will change their attitude in one-day: it takes years and continuous effort to do so. But I do hope that this workshop will be a small fragment of a wider puzzle that will eventually help these children comprehend that Kifissos is not a “closed case” and that things can be different.

As I always think before starting a workshop, if we manage to inspire even just one kid and help him/her get a vision about how our world could be, then this would be a huge success.

Valya Stergioti is an Environmental Interpretor and one of the minds beyond the children’s workshop Neraki.

I have always enjoyed working with children, trying to look at the world through their eyes and re-discovering its secrets and its magic with them.

This is why I chose the field of environmental interpretation: to create games and workshops that will become a pretext for young ones to learn more about the environment, to re-invent a forgotten relationship among man and nature where respect and enjoyment will replace of the well-established exploitation and ignorance. In doing so, I had the opportunity to co-operate with environmental NGOs and other agencies.

Furthermore, during the last decade I have written a series of articles for children’s and educator’s magazines as well as published my first book for children.

This year, besides co-operating with MELD on Νερό project, I am preparing two more workshops about Evros’ Delta, conducting research about environmental interpretation in Greece and writing.

………….

Working with Alexander was an unexpected pleasure! Meeting someone from another country, and collaborating in distance could be tricky, and I was aware of that when I first got aboard MELD.

But, even from our first meeting, it became obvious that although we come from different fields, our way of thinking about how this workshop should be organized was very similar! I am really looking forward in the implementation of Νερακι, not only because I believe it will be a success, but also because I am certain that we will have great fun while doing it.

……

Meeting a class of students for 4 hours and interacting with them about a subject as complex as the Kifissos is not easy. I certainly do not believe that we will change their attitude in one-day: it takes years and continuous effort to do so. But I do hope that this workshop will be a small fragment of a wider puzzle that will eventually help these children comprehend that Kifissos is not a “closed case” and that things can be different.

As I always think before starting a workshop, if we manage to inspire even just one kid and help him/her get a vision about how our world could be, then this would be a huge success.

Valya Stergioti is an Environmental Interpretor and one of the minds beyond the children’s workshop Neraki.