Introducing the 3Dlexia paradigm
- Prize Category: Innovation
- Format: Lecture
- Country: Greece
- Languages: Streamed live in English with automated captions in Arabic, English, French, Portuguese, Spanish, Japanese, Filipino, Malay, Serbian and Hindi.
- Learn more about the Top Ten Shortlisted Schools in the Innovation category on the World’s Best School Prizes website.
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About the school
‘I love dyslexia’ EFL school, an independent institution in Athens, Greece, is unique as a highly specialised school teaching English as a Foreign Language (EFL) to dyslexic and SEN students. Seeking to challenge the notion that neurodiversity was a burden, the school went above and beyond to develop specific learning tools and an educational model to empower its students to complete their studies with considerable ease.
The origins of ‘I love dyslexia’ EFL school started with Ms. Aggeliki Pappa, a specialist in the field who has been recognised by international institutions such as the United Nations for her work. Pappa didn’t discover she was dyslexic until much later in her adult life – only after her son was diagnosed did she realise why she had struggled in her studies as a child. That epiphany placed her on the path to challenge preconceived notions that dyslexic children couldn’t thrive in English as a foreign and second language like their peers.
In Greece, help for dyslexic students in the country was limited and for dyslexic students who wanted to learn English as a foreign language, even more so.
Pappa managed to develop an entire education model that sought to accommodate the needs of neurodiverse studies by creating the 3Dlexia for English Method and 3Dlexia paradigm that utilises graphs, maps, images and transformative holistic activities to help learners understand concepts like grammar, syntax, phonemic awareness in the English language as well as develop their whole self. And very quickly, the model began to produce results, with students managing in some cases to outperform their non-dyslexic peers in the time it took to gain their qualifications.
By its 12th year, the school had succeeded in providing thousands of dyslexic students in Greece and globally the tools needed to learn English despite their neurodiversity.
Join us for an inspiring lecture on inclusion and innovation.
Moderator: Aggeliki Pappa
Aggeliki Pappa is a futurist edu-inventor, global EFL teacher-trainer, speaker, humanitarian activist in the UN/UNESCO. She is the Founder of the award-winning ‘i love dyslexia’ EFL-ESL school (Athens, Greece,2009) recognised by the British-Council-UK as the 1st school globally for EFL/ESL to students with dyslexia/SEN. Pappa is the President of 3Dlexia-Cosmos-NGO empowering transformative Pedagogy through her innovative 3Dlexia-Paradigm & Method. She is 2 times in the Top-50-Educators internationally (Global-Teacher-Prize) and Winner-of-Europe of the British-Council-UK, UK-Alumni-Awards-2018, receiving the Trust of HRH Prince-Charles-of-Wales. She has been selected as a Candidate-Citizen-Astronaut to go to space (Space-For-Humanity) with her work reaching millions in 134 countries.
Speaker 1: Paraskevi Karagiorgou
Speaker 2: Veneta Makropoulou
Speaker 3: Odysseas Dokoros
Odysseas Dokoros is a 14 years old Greek student of ‘I love dyslexia’ EFL school (ILD). He is a receiver of the Princes Diana Award and Charlemagne Youth Prize by the European Parliament 2021 for his important humanitarian work through the SOS4Love Project created by ILD students in the United Nations, acting on the UN SDGs in collaboration with thousands of students globally.