Press release on the final day and account on the work of the Observatory (2020-2023)

The final day of the work of the Observatory of Social Inclusion of the South Aegean, for the period 2020-2023, took place in Syros, on Tuesday, September 19, in the conference room of the Chamber of Cyclades. The event was attended – live but also online – by agencies, partners from Managing Authorities and Ministries, executives of the Social services and Community Centers of the Municipalities of the South Aegean and managers of social cohesion, integration and support structures.


During the event, greetings were addressed by Mr. Georgios Karamanolis, Co-Founder & CTO/CIO, Crowdpolicy, Ms. Kyriaki Kyritsi, Project Manager and Head of the Social Support Department of Cyclades, Mr. Georgios Leontaritis, Deputy Regional Governor of Cyclades, Ms. Natasa Deligianni, Deputy Regional Governor of Public Health, Social Care and Social Groceries of Cyclades, Ms. Angeliki Printezi, Municipal Councilor for issues of Social Protection, President of the Equality Committee and Deputy Mayor of Cleanliness of the Municipality of Syros-Ermoupoli, Louizanna Vakondiou, Secretary General of the Chamber of Cyclades, and Vangelis Aragiannis, Head of Unit A’ of the Special Management Service of the South Aegean.


Then, began the first session on the topic: “Social Inclusion policies in Local Government. The findings of the Observatory of Social Inclusion on the South Aegean and the prospects for development in society”. The Team of Researchers of the Observatory (Georgia Tseva, Konstantina Kourkoumari and Katerina Hatzipapa) presented the findings and indicators of well-being for the South Aegean as documented in the “Regional Income and Living Conditions Survey for 2022” as well as the qualitative features of the Cyclades and Dodecanese Municipalities according to the interviews held during the Field Surveys of 2023. The session was concluded with a proposal for the participation of civil society in social issues developed by Mr. Antonis Skarpelis (Caritas Hellas).


During the second session on the topic “Social inclusion through good practices. The role of cooperation and networking”, Mr. Stavros Drakidis, Educator at the Community Center with a Roma Annex of the Municipality of Kos, spoke about the social inclusion and education of Roma children in the Municipality of Kos, while Mr. Andreas Georgiou from the Social Cooperative of Limited Liability in the Mental Health sector of Leros presented the course and work of the Cooperative through 20 years of Social Entrepreneurship in the service of Mental Health.


Good practices from the Cyclades were presented by Arogi – Association of Visually Impaired People of the Prefecture of Cyclades represented by Ms. Anna Maria Foskolou who spoke about “10 years of work and actions of AROGI and perspective for the future”. In addition, a group of Secondary Education students (Sofia and Panagiotis Zervos) along with their teacher, Mr. Manolis Argyros, presented “Enneas”: A board game suitable for people with mobility problems, from the Generation Next Digital Skills Development educational program, and they also showed how the application with voice commands works.


The event concluded with an open discussion on active inclusion through skills development and innovation policies by participants, the association AROGI, the Association of Social Workers of Greece (Regional Department of the South Aegean), the Community Centers of Paros and Thira and the Observatory Project Team.


The Observatory continues its work as a monitoring mechanism for social inclusion at local and regional level and develops the tools it has created for this purpose in accordance with the priorities for a more social Europe (European Pillar of Social Rights) as well as the objectives set by the National Strategy for Social Inclusion.


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Here you can watch the comprehensive video of the event