The first Greek school of Monastiri was founded on 1830 from N. Varnavas. This school initially consisted of 8 grades, 5 of primary school and 3 of Greek. The first graduates were teachers in other educational institutions in the mid 19th c. like in the central Primary school, in 2nd Primary school in the quarter of Meshar Mahala and in the 3rd Primary school in Arnaut Mahala.
In 1851 came into operation the private school of the known geographer/historian Margarites Dimitsas, having 80 students. Some of the teachers were Anastasion Piheon, Serafeim Matlis and N Chalkiopoulos. In 1865 its operation stopped due to many other Greek schools in the area of Monastiri. During 1869, Monastiri had in total 7 Greek schools with 1080 students. 3 years later we had 1200 students.
In the greek primary schools of Monastiri, lessons were, linguistics, old and new Testament, Mathematics, Greek History, Patridognosia, Geography, Calligraphy. In gymnasium lessons includedancient Greek writers (Lysias, Xenofon, Lykourgos, Isocrates, Thukidides, Demosthenes, Homer, Herodotus, Plato and Sophocles, Old and new Testament, Latin writers, French, Turkish, Mathemaics, History (global), Philosophy, Physics, Botany, zoology, gymnastics.
In krusovo we have the first “allilodidaktiko” school founded in 1835, having as teachers Papias from Siatista and chistors Papaioannou from Zagori of Epirus. From 1860, it is founded a gymnasium in Krusovo and during 1865 there are 4 Greek schools with 655 students. In Megarovo it is founded in 1800 a Greek school having as teacher Oikonomos Papadimitriou. During 1845 it is founded another school due to the efforts of N. Nicocles from kozae and in 1860 a girl’s school having as first teacher Katerina Venizelou. In 1873, the educational-loving fraternity ” Elpis” founded Megarovo’s infant school with 100 infants. Same happened to the rest of towns of Pelagonia like Tyrnovo, Gopesi, Milovista, Nizopolis and Resna.
“The cultural identity of Greeks in Pelagonia (1912-1930)” By Nikolaos Anast. Vasileiadis
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