As part of its drive to promote social wellbeing and reduce inequality, the Foundation provides help to projects that aim at improving the quality of life for people with social and financial problems, promoting their equal presence in education, culture and the labour market as well as raising society’s awareness.
Our most important contribution is our support to the Efstathia J. Costopoulos Foundation as regards the running of Yiayia’s Garden, the model kindergarten and nursery school established by the Costopoulos family in Kalamata in 1994. Every year, Yiayia’s Garden provides free tuition to approximately 60 children, mostly from families of limited means and/or with mental and social problems. To this day, some 1,000 children have graduated. The school provides model pre-school education to young children and sets the foundations on which their personality will grow. In addition to the cognitive aspect, Yiayia’s Garden gives special emphasis to child-centred teaching and applies a state-of-the-art curriculum via experiential learning, whose benefits are key to the further development of children’s skills and abilities.