Full Name: Anna MARTINOU (Angelos Bistolas' wife)
Year of Birth: 1954
Place of birth: Athens, Greece
Family Status: Married, mother of Asimina Bistola (legal counsel) and grandmother of George D. Polychronopoulos, son of Asimina and Dimitris G. Polychronopoulos (legal counsel).
Studies. Anna Martinou has a degree in English and Greek Language and Literature from the University of Athens. She also has a diploma on the teaching of English as a Foreign Language. She has done extended studies and in service training in a number of European and American Colleges and Universities, also as a Fulbright scholar (1993). She has attended summer schools in England, France, Spain, Austria, Italy, Bosnia, Belgium, Portugal, Finland, Cyprus and America. The thematic areas she has covered, include among others : “ Development Education”, “Environmental Education”, “Drama in Education”, “Peer mediation”, “Teaching children with special skills”, “Inclusive education” “Peace Education”, “Cross cultural education”, “Teenage addictions”, “Sexual education” etc. She is competent in English, French and German.
She has served as Greek High School Head and has participated in a number of Examination Committees both as chair person, examiner, co-examiner and/or member of the board. She is dedicated to innovation in Education and has initiated a considerable number of European projects for the school communities in her area. Her focus was children’s well being and Excellence in State School Education through belongingness and participation. She has a special interest in Development Education. She has been appointed by the Greek Ministry of Education as SOCRATES promoter and EURIDICE link. She has represented Greece in a large number of European and International Educational Fora.
She has participated as member of organizing Committees and speaker in international seminars and workshops with sociolinguistic and cross cultural educational content and has written over 250 articles in scientific magazines, journals and periodicals. She is the author and co-author in a number of educational fairy tales and high school books and has served as editor of the scientific journal “ASPECTS” for a number of years. She loves poetry, short stories fairy tales and story-telling and has published a long list of short narratives and poems both in Greek and English.
She has been a member elect of municipal board of directors both in Greece and in Luxembourg, where she lived and worked the last nine years of her career as counselor of education.
She has worked as a volunteer for Non Governmental Organizations in the framework of Development Education focusing on children’s rights, fair trade, solidarity, equity etc. and has served as member of NGOs Boards of Directors, as materials developer and scientific advisor.
Some of her pieces of written work include:
- “Task way”, a series for Greek state high school students. Member of the research and feedback team
- “Fun way”, a series for Greek state Elementary school children. Co author
- “A hug full of smiles” A research on environmental education in Greek state schools. co author
- “How to make writers”. A proposition for the improvement of students’ writing skills in Greek and English schools, author
- “Students, work, environment”. A proposition for raising working students’ environmental awareness, author.
- “The bright side of the moon” A proposition for the development of working students’ language skills, author
- “The three beautiful butterflies” an anti racist play for Primary school students. author
- “Us and them, the whole earth” a play for raising High School students’ awareness on the abolishment of racism and social discriminations, author
- “Save the lofty trees” a play for raising environmental conscience
- “I brought you water with my hands” A project on the need to bring water to Tengela, a remote African village in Burkina Fasso, author.
- Lots of other projects for Elementary and High School students, adults and teachers of other disciplines.
For a sample of her publications in scientific journals and periodicals, click on the links below
- development education in schools