Charis Charalambous
Ambassador, Academy, Advisory

Charis Charalambous

Nicosia, Cyprus

A Psychologist, Trainer and Learning Design Consultant that combines her expertise with creativity, unconventionality and global awareness, to deliver meaningful support and learning experiences to individuals, groups and organizations.

I began my professional career in Counseling Psychology in 2002. For the first few years, my connection to the field of Education was primarily through the delivery of presentations to groups of parents and teachers (in school settings) on topics relevant to child raising and student management. 

My attendance to a EU-funded training course on active learning methods in late 2007 opened my eyes to the wonderful world of Non-Formal Education, especially in relation to developing personal and social competences. It was love at first sight - ever since, I cannot imagine myself developing and delivering any educational project (be it a workshop, training course, SEL school curriculum) without partial or full use of experiential learning methods.

My background in Psychology enhances my skills as Trainer/Facilitator and together those support my capacity in consulting individuals and organizations in designing their learning and networking programs in a way that engages the end user in an impactful and meaningful way.

Why do you want to be a part of the HundrED Community?

There are many persons and organizations involved in educational contexts around the world that have brilliant ideas to propose or are currently implementing significant projects that are moving education forward. These are a source of inspiration and good practices; being part of the HundrED Community gives me access to the good practices shared by others and allows me to share my own ideas which can help other professionals in their work.

How can education support students to flourish?

First of all, by giving them a voice on what happens in schools and other educational settings! Most of the time, students understand what will help them flourish and if/when given an opportunity, they tell us!

For example, in experiential workshops that took place in Cyprus a few years ago, when asked how they want education to be like, the students (aged 14-18) responded:

1.    Utilization of a variety of teaching styles so that various intelligences are enhanced
2.    More opportunities to students with lower grades for distinction and success, through various in-school activities
3.    Encouragement towards all students for developing their skills and talents, through more time for Art, Physical Education, Music, school clubs
4.    Change in the relationship between teachers and students through less pressure to cover class material and more time and dialogue together
5.    Freedom, opportunity and time for the students to express their opinion and themselves in class and school in general
6.    More interactive learning, through experiential methods, dialogical discussions, use of modern technology, video screenings, creativity, challenge and motivation
7.    More classes for developing the students’ knowledge and critical thinking skills about current news
8.    Democracy and respect for human rights in school, without prejudice
9.    Involvement of the students in establishing the school rules so that they are more acceptable and respected
10.    Selecting the teachers based on specific criteria so that it is ensured they have the necessary training and skills before they assume their duties
11.    Use of various ways of evaluating the students
12.    Evaluation of the school and the teachers from the students through anonymous questionnaires and discussions
13.    The subject content should be based on the students’ needs
14.    Reducing the subject content to improve real knowledge and deeper understanding
15.    No school uniform
16.    More time for the development of social skills and human values
17.    Education based on the principle “every student matters”
18.    More productive learning and equal treatment of “good” and “bad” students
19.    Young teachers with love for their work and their students
20.    Continuous training of teachers so that they update and upgrade their skills