Thessaloniki.- Deputy Foreign Minister Panayiotis Skandalakis on Friday visited the camp of the General Secretariat for Greek Expatriates (GGAE) near Thessaloniki where 170 children from Europe and Canada are staying.
Skandalakis was pleased with the facilities and spoke with many of the children, who are visiting from France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands and Canada.
He asked to learn about their lives in their adopted countries and emphasised that they should be proud of their Greek origin, history and civilisation.
Skandalakis said that one of the programme’s objectives is to strengthen ties between young expats and Greece.
The programme is realised in cooperation with the Ministry of the Interior, Public Administration and Decentralisation throughout the country from July 15 through September 10. More than 4,000 children will be participating.
The 11th seminar period on training for secondary education professors from European Union countries in Ancient Greek will begin at the Convention Centre of the European Cultural Centre of Delfi on July 25. The seminars will last until August 6.
This year’s programme is for secondary education professors and scholars from Sweden, Norway and Iceland who will be taught by Greek university classical studies professors, as well as from universities in Stockholm, Oslo and Reykjavik.
The European Cultural Centre of Delfi is organising these training programmes with the purpose of activating scholars and literary societies to sensitise public opinion and the political leaderships of various countries on the huge significance and contribution of classical heritage to the development of modern culture.