2nd Primary school of Eleftherio – Kordelio, Thessaloniki.
Thessaloniki is a city with a particularly rich history since it has been a crossroad and a melting pot for ethic groups, races and religions (Greeks,Turks, Jews and more). It is a city with both cultural and natural sights.
Eleftherio – Kordelio is a suburb of Thessaloniki, situated on its west side. It was established about 100 years ago by Greek refugees from the area of Minor Asia.
In 1922 Greeks left Kordelio, a suburb of Smirni in Minor Asia and arrived here. There were only fields and open places in this area. The place where they first settled was called Harmankio.
Near Harmankio they built another settlement that reminded them of their first homeplace and that’s why they called it New Kordelio.
They gradually started building houses, shops and streets. Later Harmankio was united with New Kordelio into a new municipality named Eleftherio – Kordelio. Its inhabitants were hard-working people. They cultivated the land (cereals and grapes were the most usual crops), they were tradesmen, builders, fishermen. Most of them practiced their former jobs back in Kordelio in Smirni. After their settlement, the need for a new school was clear. So, in 1925, the first school was built in New Kordelio, made of wooden boards. However the population of our municipality started growing when more refugees from other places (Bulgaria, Pontos) started settling here. There was a severe need for a second primary school. It was then, when the 2nd Primary school, our school, was built. At first there were only 2 classes but later, after the population increased, it had six classes and nowadays there are twelve classes.
The building we are today was built in 1980. There are 12 morning classes in our school, 3 classes finishing lessons later (at 4.15 p.m.) and 1 class for pupils with special disabilities. There are 19 teachers in total (teachers, English – P.E. – music – German teachers) who try to educate us using their knowledge and their love for education. That’s why we participate in European, Cultural, Health or Environmental programs.