Elements of Collective Memory in Thessaloniki, Greece, as Teaching Material in Early Childhood Education: Familiarizing Children with Social Issues
The collective memory of Thessaloniki reflects the economical, social, political, and cultural advances that occurred during many centuries. Especially, referring to 19th and 20th centuries, the remaining elements of built space from that period, the historic areas of work, recreation, assemblage and social activity, the narrations and writings of the people, and the remainders of multiculturalism of the local multinational society, consist interesting features of the city's social history, which is unique in many points. The programs of infants' socialization, within the frame of education that is offered to them, envisage the development of activities, which aim at making them sensitive in social issues of everyday life, projecting the past into the present. The subject matter of this article relates to present general lack of orientation in the sectors of politics, education, and culture, towards the awakening of citizens' conscience regarding negative developments and towards the vigilance of the public view to protection of fundamental values in western societies. The decline of ideas, related to the above-mentioned problem in the adult society, affects the formation of the children, putting in line their education and the prevailing ideology of the 21st century. Observations are made on the social deficiency in educational programs. The proposals for the application of initiatives in the Early Childhood Education focus on making infants familiar with social issues, that were pending in the past, but have been invading aggressively our everyday life.
Keywords: Collective memory, Social Rights, Early Childhood Education Programmes on Social Rights
Assistant professor in Social History, Faculty of Education Department of Early Childhood Education Section of Linguistics and History , Aristotle University of Thessaloniki