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About US

Why we do what we do

We at Roes Coop have a common neurosis towards innovative non-formal education approaches. This drive became our compass while setting the vision and the mission of our company. 

Our vision is to create an open world where everyone has learning opportunities to develop and grow. In simple words, more educational approaches, more options for people to grow.

Our mission is to redefine experiential learning by offering fresh and professional learning programs through customized methods and approaches.

Our PILLARS

Personal Growth

Namely for Personal Growth we create learning activities from different spectrum of methods (streams) and work-forms that are allowing the development of personal fulfillment, interpersonal skills, well-being and healthy lifestyle.

Professional Development

Namely for Professional development we equip through learning activities from interdisciplinary sectors skills that enhance: Entrepreneurship skills, employability skills, teamwork and communication skills and experiences.

Social Inclusion

Namely for Social inclusion we ensure that the learning streams we stimulate an inclusive and solidarity society open to everyone working beyond gender, social, racial, health, political, or religious boxes.

Sustainability

Namely for Sustainability we ensure that we work in our learning streams with the idea of protecting the environment, the economy and the people around us. We strive for the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and mostly for ensuring quality education (SDG4) to everyone. We work towards zero waste projects, office, fair remunerations and healthy relationships.

OUR STREAMS

Gamification

When it gets to learning we enjoy creating experiential learning processes that stimulate healthy competition. We gamify through games, challenges, rιddles, treasure hunts, assignments, group missions, LARP activities, and others.

STEAM

STEAM Education is an approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics as access points for guiding student inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking. Using STEAM education results in students who take thoughtful risks, engage in experiential learning, persist in problem-solving, embrace collaboration, and work through the creative process.

 

STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Mathematics. In Roes we like to transform complicated topics to fun and meaningful learning experiences.

How would it sound if we tell you that you can learn maths by dancing? Or even do your homework automatically by writing your own code.

CRAFTING

Crafting is defined as skillfully creating something. One of the streams that have joined Roes Cooperativa is “The Crafty Mongoose” (https://www.facebook.com/thecraftymongoose/). The Crafty Mongoose is a home-based social business of fabric creations, such as bags and dolls, made of old textiles, vintage buttons, second-hand clothes, and any other kind of thrifted materials. Through this brand, the Roes team puts the 5 “R’s” in practice in their learning processes.

 

In Roes Coop we see the POTENTIAL both in people AND in materials. Everything can be useful and be transformed into whatever we have in our minds. Vintage fabrics, old furniture, broken parts of machinery can be repurposed with a pinch of creativity and a pair of crafty hands. Eco-sewing, upcycling, revamping, zero-waste solutions are only a few of the words we have in our everyday DIY dictionary.

Environment

The environment stream is connected with the holistic idea to protect the environment and empower the people around to be more sustainable and environmentally friendly in practice. We use different aspects of environmental non-formal education and elements such as zero waste, climate change, circular economy, sustainable tourism, urban sustainability to engage youth and adults to be more connected, resilient and empowered to protect the environment.

 

We as Roes, see the environment stream as a holistic idea to protect the environment and empower the people around it to be more sustainable and environmentally friendly in practice. We use different methods and approaches such as the zero waste philosophy & circular economy, climate change, sustainable tourism, urban sustainability etc. We would like to see through our work youth and adults engage to be more connected, resilient and empowered to protect the environment.

Outdoors

Outdoor learning is a stream that Roes Cooperativa values a lot. The main reason is because the outdoors is the greatest context for non-formal learning. Roes associates while endorsing technology the most, in the meantime they believe that disconnection from technology and reconnection with nature is a must in the 21st century. In addition, they see nature-based education as a very powerful approach for personal development and social change and they use it as a tool to connect to nature, oneself, and others. 

 

Outdoors is the most inclusive playground for non-formal and informal learning. Utilising outdoor context and nature is one of our strong cards. We know very well that under a starry or a rainy sky, after a long hike, around a bonfire to protect us from the cold, we are all equal. Can you imagine a more inclusive context for learning?

Challenge by Choice

Challenge by Choice is a learning stream, which we have created and we have been using during the last 5 years in our training sessions. It includes the creation and use of social, cultural or geographical challenges for learning purposes. Specifically, in this method, we are not interested and it is not our issue, whether the participants accept the challenge or not. It is important for us to know that their experience depends on the choice they make or not. These challenges are applied to a variety of environments and certainly involve interaction with society to complete them.

Today we present to you a learning stream, which we have created and we have been using during the last 5 years in our trainings, that includes the creation and use of social, cultural or geographical challenges for learning purposes. Specifically, in this method, we are not interested and it is not our issue, whether the participants accept the challenge or not. It is important for us to know that their experience depends on the choice they make or not. These challenges are applied to a variety of environments and certainly involve interaction with society to complete them

Embodiment

Embodied learning refers to pedagogical approaches that focus on the non-mental factors involved in learning, and that signal the importance of the body and feelings. Based on the simple, yet fundamental belief that body, mind and soul are one, we create learning experiences that engage the participants in a holistic way.

How do we experience the world and engage with our environment through our bodies? This is the main focal point of embodiment, α very dominant stream included in most of the Roes Cooperativa projects. Based on the simple, yet fundamental belief that body, mind and soul are one, we create learning experiences that engage the participants in a holistic way. What does it look like? Well, it’s basically any type of body movement, from breathing to dancing, from walking to practising martial arts. We like to move it, move it!

Hands-on

Hands-on learning stream is an educational method that directly involves the learner, by actively encouraging them to do something in order to learn about it. In short, it is ‘learning by involvement”. Being an experiential learning organization we give a lot of focus in creating first hand learning experiences through handpicked volunteering, internship, traineeship and apprenticeship options we offer.

Visual Media

Visual Media can be used in almost any discipline to enhance learning. Roes Cooperativa inherits Break The Couch informal group members, experience and history as an educational stream (https://www.facebook.com/BreakTheCouch/). Break The Couch has a long experience in media education and new technologies. Video making, photography, comics, vlogging are only a few examples of the ways that we use to create engaging and meaningful learning experiences.

 

In a multimedia world, it is not possible to focus exclusively on the spoken or written elements, there are more dimensions humans can express. When an image expresses 1000 words, imagine how powerful can be utilizing thousands of unspoken words through Visual Media in a non formal education context. In Roes Coop, we enjoy a lot utilising visual media and namely video making, photography and comics-making in order to enhance deeper learning. The creation of visual media as a learning process gives the learner the possibility to observe, compare, plan, be creative, prioritise and express themselves through them.

Arts

Arts in education is a method of learning through arts experiences. Arts is one of the Roes Cooperativa members’ favourite non verbal communication approaches, that they mainly use to build activities on projects. 

More specifically: 

  • Performing arts (theater, dance, music) to create connections and build trust in groups for adults and children. Using craft arts for personal expression and development. 
  • Improv theatre and physical theatre to explore participants’ expressions in order to build trust and common base into groups. Especially for team bonding and team building sessions. 
  • Embodied arts (body work, theater, music, circus, martial arts) as a tool for personal development, body and emotional awareness, self-expression and social engagement.  
  • Performance as a tool for social change and expression for target groups such as teenagers and kids with or without mental deficiencies.

Roes Cooperativa has an artistic stream with experience in contemporary dance (dancer), performance (actor) and filmmaking (movie and documentary designer).

 

“Learn the art and do it, so that you don’t get hungry.” Art is undoubtedly a way of expression that softens our soul. It also creates aesthetic effects in art spaces or event venues. For Roes Coop, it’s not just that or a hobby like a theater or dance class, but it also expresses how we work. It is a learning element that we use in our training and we have it in our quiver as our favorite force to develop our means of expression. How would you like to develop aspects of your personality through the art of theater, dance, performing arts, and more generally through art elements? Come with us to an educational process and play your part.

New technologies

New Technologies is a fresh stream that introduces the use of tools like social media, web conferencing, blogging, apps and other gifts of modern technology in education. Roes Cooperativa team understands the importance of the digital footprint as a way to create impact. Its members have experience in using digital platforms, educating individuals and organizations on how to use and how not to use digital means of communication. In this way, they like to utilise and use technology in the building of their learning programmes.

 

technology is all around us and by trying to avoid it we only learn about how important it is to us. For this reason in Roes Coop we see technology as a tool and we combine it with non-formal learning. Specifically we utilise ICT tools for learning and for supporting learning. We equip teachers on how to use technology in their classroom, we provide learning processes through or with the support of apps and digital tools to youngsters, we offer self-brading learning processes to individuals, aspiring artists and branding services to projects, startups, NGOs, coops and companies.

Coaching

Coaching is a form of development in which an experienced person, called a coach, supports a learner in achieving a specific personal or professional goal by providing training and guidance. Coaching is one of the methods that Roes are using in order to support personal and professional development  in most of their projects.

Its members are certified NLP Master practitioners with experience in delivering coaching trainings using several approaches: NLP, Ontological Coaching, Systemic Work, Embodied coaching, Non-Violent communication. 

 

You have to be present here and now, be able to see behind the words, observe the nods, the pictures, the movement, the symbols. And then, ask the proper question and move in the right moment. Coaching can be a simple question that can change your whole worldviews if you accept it properly. Coaching is there to remind you that you don’t know what you think you know. We, at Roes Cooperativa, use coaching as a dynamic tool which combines all of the streams together.

Basic synergy

Synergy is the creation of a whole that is greater than the simple sum of its parts. The term synergy comes from the Attic Greek word “συνέργεια” “synergia” from “συνεργός” “synergos”, meaning “working together”.

The method “Basic Synergy” is a personal development training concept that equips people with tools and techniques that increase their abilities to achieve personal and professional success while enjoying life. In the training, learners are the creators of their own experience. This training is about learning new skills, and one can set their own limits regarding how far they want to go.

Within the above-mentioned streams, we develop learning experiences for our beneficiaries such as: training programmes, internship placements, workshops, volunteering opportunities & other learning projects.

This one is rather specific and it is coming from our personal experience as participants, organizers and trainers. The method is called “Basic Synergy” and it is a personal development training concept that equips people with tools and techniques that increase their abilities to achieve personal and professional success while enjoying life. In the training, you are the creator of your own experience. This training is about learning new skills, and you can set your own limits regarding how far you want to go.

ROES TEAM

Stella Nasiakou

Stella Nasiakou

Educator & Artist

Katerina Mitrakou

Katerina Mitrakou

DIYer

Panagiotis Mamouzakis

Panagiotis Mamouzakis

Trainer

Ilias Giannopoulos

Ilias Giannopoulos

Project manager & Tech Master

Yiorgos Vagiakis

Yiorgos Vagiakis

(Non) formal Educator

Athanasia Karamerou

Athanasia Karamerou

Eco-educator

Despoina Rafailidou

Despoina Rafailidou

Project Manager

Our values

Meraki

We do something with soul, creativity, or love. We put something of ourselves into our work.

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Cooperation

We unite our strengths and expertise, therefore we bring a variety.

Sustainability

We are committed to supporting the environment, the human resources, and the economy around us.

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Effectivity

We make simple actions with a significant impact.

Creativity

We are turning new and imaginative ideas into reality.

Initiatives they support

The organisations and initiatives that Roes are committed to support and back them up when needed.

our supporters

The organisations and people behind them that Roes are grateful have them on their side.

our partners

The organisations and people behind them that we join forces and grow together.

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