PROJECT CONNECT participated in Posidonia 2022
June 24, 2022
Elnavi – 2023 July/August – Best ESG Maritime Educational Program
June 29, 2023

Teachers' Zoom Meeting, on Nov 23, 2022

The team of PROJECT CONNECT had the pleasure of bringing together the participating teachers and shipping companies, as well as their members, on Wednesday, November 23rd, to discuss the progress and development of “Adopt a Ship”. 75 teachers from elementary, junior high, and vocational schools (EPAL) nationwide participated in the virtual zoom meeting.

The course of Seamanship is now being routed through our schools!

Notable conclusions/results:

  1. The Program has attracted significant attention all over Greece. The teachers themselves have strongly embraced it, showing endless love and support. It was noted that the Program would have been better expanded if more school principals had promoted it.
  2. Since the beginning of the school year, 122 classes from 64 schools from all educational levels as well as 89 vessels from 40 shipping companies have joined the Program.
  3. So far, 7300 children have participated in and benefited from “Adopt a Ship”. The importance of Seamanship and maritime economy is finally getting wider recognition while according to a recent survey, 85% of the participated students expressed their desire to join the maritime industry.
  4. The majority of teachers showed great enthusiasm for the “1st Virtual 3D Shipping Company Tour” which constitutes the first digital shipping office offering students the opportunity to get a "first taste" of working in a real-life shipping company.
  5. It was noted that students can now visit vessels’ bridge simulators for a live experience, thanks to Metropolitan College and Minerva Marine.
  6. Maritime vocational school students are now given the privilege to register -free of charge- on PROJECT CONNECT ONLINE CV PLATFORM which will enhance their possibilities to be selected by shipping companies for Office Visit, Internship as well as future working experience.
  7. Adopt a Ship” has won the 1st School Project Award in the Panhellenic Competition of the Women's Literary Society, an initiative of Ms. Mousiou - Mylona, a teacher at the 6th primary school in Florina.
  8. The Program was presented as an educational scenario at the 8th Educational Innovation Conference by Ms. Melli, a teacher at the 8th primary school in Volos.
  9. Educators from vocational schools spoke about their experience during their service on vessels and shipping companies participating in the Program. In particular, teachers from EPAL of Andros emphasized “we have been waiting for too long for such an initiative in Greece, which is to bring Shipping students closer to the vessel’s reality”.
  10. Ms. Margeti, a teacher at Geitonas School, created the "Little Nautilus", a junior high students’ group participating in the Program, aiming to familiarize them with the world of Maritime and the Sea which are inextricably connected with the present and the future of Greece.

Next meeting date has been set for the virtual celebration
where an even larger participation is anticipated!