Structured Course: 
“Take the future in your hands


Erasmus + programme. Key Action 101 and Key Action 104


Take the Future in your Hands is a new approach to the uncertain and changing future. We are now facing the most rapid change in the last 20 years more rapid than 300 years before. These enormous changes and megatrends are a big challenge to us: how to handle them and how to teach and process them at school with the students. We don’t know what the future will be but we can make a foresight about it. In future studies scientists produce different scenarios which work as basic material for decision makers. That is something we can also do! Today’s students will take the response in a few years and they must learn new skills and learn to open their minds and acquire the ability to see variable future images. In most cases the participants of this course will be pioneers in their schools and they are supposed to bring these future ideas in their schools.

The course Take the Future in your Hands is structured on three different modules:

A. An introduction to Futures Studies as a science, megatrends, weak signals and black swans;

B. Future’s skills and how to introduce them to students;

C. Most interesting and practical ways to handle the future at school.

EU is suggesting that schools should adopt the European Development Plan, which means a quality development plan for each school. It is one of the priorities of all policy makers and educational authorities in Europe. Our course aims at answering the questions of how to take the future approach in the European Development Plan.

The course provides the knowledge, methodology, insights and skills needed to achieve this goal. During the course the trainees will be introduced to methods which will enable them to organize the learning process and to enrich the development plan of the school.

For more details look at the web page


This course employs a variety of teaching-learning approaches and methods. There is a mix of workshops, with presentations and lectures, self and team reflection, pair work, small group activities, peer teaching sessions, simulations, problem solving activities and case studies. Different role games and creative card’s games play an important role. The field work will also influence the overall outcome of the course. We have our histories, we live today and we have our futures. Greece is a suitable place to experience them all together.


The participants will receive suggestions to prepare for the course well in advance, using learning materials we suggest. The participants will, also, be asked to fill in a special questionnaire about their training needs and expectations before the course. They will also be asked to prepare a presentation about their school’s operation and their country.


By the end of the course participants are asked to reflect on their learning experience and report accordingly. They will also be asked to fill in an evaluation questionnaire about the fulfillment of their expectations..


The courses take place in Athens (Piraeus), Greece


The course is organised by Aeiforuman NGO, specialized in the Sustainable School/Outdoor Education and Environmental Education. The trainers have a broad experience in teaching and learning methods, quality management and change management.



$1·       Future’s Education

$1·       Education for Sustainable Development/Sustainability

$1·       Environmental Education

$1·       Outdoor education

$1·       The school as a learning organisation

$1·       Pedagogy and didactics

$1·       Combating failure at school

$1·       European dimension

$1·       Active Citizenship


$1·       English

$1·       Greek


$1·       Primary Education

$1·       Lower and Upper General Secondary Education

$1·       Vocational/Technical Secondary Education

$1·       Special Education


$1·       Teachers (Pre-Primary to VET)

$1·       Teacher trainers

$1·       Head teachers/School Principals

$1·       Education advisors

$1·       Inspectors

$1·       Parents’ associations’ members

$1·       Local Government officials


Minimum 10 Maximum 20 participants.



50% of the tuition fee for cancelation at any time


The tuition fee is € 450 (5 days of tuition)

Contact your National agency to apply for funding.

We will help you with the application procedure to obtain this funding. See the web page 'Support and Funding'


The course is supported by a web site providing ample information. You can always consult this websites to obtain more detailed information on the course.

E-mail for communication: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Gounari 21-23, 18547 Piraeus-Greece

Tel. +306948292381

Fax. +302104134960


Feel free to contact the course director Dr Dimitrios Kalaitzidis, should you need more information on the content and the organization of the course (
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .   We can provide support during the process, give some help and provide tips for the application documents, advise you on the European Staff Development Plan (part of the application) or your professional plan and help you with the practical arrangements after the approval (e.g. information on travel and accommodation).

Tuovi Ronkainen is an experienced finish educator. Originally a biologist and geographer, she has been working as a teacher, a project leader and a principal in many different educational levels. Her main issues have been in the fields of sustainable development and international co-operation. Now the most important field is Futures Studies and she is making her studies in the University of Turku in Finland.

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