The web radio sation called, “European School Radio” (ESR) http://www.europeanschoolradio.eu/, is a school radio for all school levels and is implemented by a large network of associated schools, now more than 160 schools and 40 students applied independently in Greece and 8 in Europe. It is on air 24 hours 365 days a year with schedulled music and broadcasts programme (eg. 2013-14).
It is hosted on the streaming media platform of the Pan-Hellenic School Network (P.S.D.) (www.sch.gr), which was created for this exact reason, in video-streaming services, educational Channels. Yet, ESR with the Educational Radio-TV and the platform of “i-create” and the creation of a central radio service through P.S.D.
The web radio station has a history back to 2009 when it operated as a web radio of a few schools. It started as an initiative of four High school teachers (Kampanis senior and junior High School, Kilkis, Greece). After a succesful period, it was immediately supported by P.S.D. and the Ministry of Education in Greece. Now, is a network of hundreds of schools that implements it. The production of the broadcasted programme is created by the school community and within the limits of school procedures and, it is on the basis of volunteerism. It serves educational and entertainment targets for students aged 4 to 18. It is also absolutely, a non-for-profit radio station. Now, it is under the management of the Non Profit Scientific Society with the distinct name “European School Radio”.
The ESR is an original initiative which is placed in a wider educational philosophy and wants the student to look at school as a place of creativity and expression. The ESR shows the ideas, the creations, the concerns of the school community. It answers to the quests for a more dynamic and direct way of contact and education of children with the wider environment, taking into consideration the great interests toward new technologies.
The involvement of students, is spread to all the stages of development of the Radio as they participate in groups either of technical support or production of a broadcasting programme. School students have created the LOGO and the SPOTS, and they renew the Radio Website with news and issues, they produce music playlists with their own voices included, they take interviews and they tell various news that concerns students.
ESR urges school pupils to view school as a place of participation, expression and creativity and it can contribute to :
Connecting School to local and wider Community
Connecting Schools to each other in a network of contact and cooperation
Promoting a positive climate to the school environment.
The participation in the radio is a developing process. Through this team-activity children can among other things:
Develop a co-operative and communication skills in order to improve their contact with other people
Develop a critical thinking so that they are going to be able to judge the information they receive.
In fact, ESR is an idea that was born in 2008 by the School Innovation Network (Δίκτυο Σχολικής Καινοτομίας) and Ekali High School and in Fall 2009 Kampanis Senior and Junior High School has joined them. Since November 2010, Kampanis High School undertook the co-ordination of all activities for the renewed European School Radio and addressed an open invitation to schools, teachers and pupils in order to participate with their own productions.
The nature of our Web radio station is recreational and educational. The recreational section includes a selection of music, from all kinds of he Greek and Foreign music industry. In the educational section, programmes which promote and elevate environmental sensitivity, fondness of reading, artistic and social actions, as well as, the schools’ activities, will be broadcasted. The informative programmes may also include thematic approaches and material, news concerning Arts, Science, technology, Sports, Education as theme, tributes and interviews of respectable and reputable people.
The nature of the broadcasts has been formed as a result of a survey among the students via questionnaires which were publicised online.
The radio station is organised withing the boundaries of school activities, and it is addressed not only to the Pan-Hellenic School Network but also to the European one.
The participation of every member of the Pan-Hellenic School Network, especially that of the students is available to state and private institutions/schools , not only Greek, Greek speaking but also to European ones.
Although, the official language of the radio station is Greek, it promotes the idea of multiculturalism and multilingual participation.
It has been realised as a result of the collaboration among the members of the school community, primarily, of the students and teachers in the domains of organisation, production technical support and communication. The coordination of the radio groups for each school, is assigned to the teacher in charge. The producers are solely responsible for each broadcast and they are obligated to supervise their content before it is broadcasted. The producers’ opinions and views do not necessarily coincide with those of the radio station. The Coordinator school is Kampanis Junior and Senior high school, it is not operating as a director or censor whilst the Panhellenic School Network should not be held responsible, in any case, for ESR content on its blog/web site, since the Internet radio station is solely accommodate on its technical platform.
Freedom of expression and communication are the primary objectives of the radio station. The producers and broadcasters, though, are obligated to express themselves in an non-offensive manner. Taking advantage of their status, in order to answer purposes other than those above, is also unacceptable. The Coordinating Team for European School Radio (ESR)
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