could I take your classmates the Greeks, when will you come back to your homes, and there to see you’re rebuilding your own home”… With these words he closed the President of the Republic, Prokopis Pavlopoulos greeting, in tonight’s event for children – refugees in the city hall, took place. An event dedicated exclusively to the children who were forced because of war to leave their homelands and get to know from very little bitter face of exile.
Theme of the event the aim of which was the updating, integration and social inclusion of refugee children in the Greek educational system, was “The dialogue of cultures starts with children” and as pointed out by the President of the Republic: “the children are better actors of this dialogue. From these starts the dialogue. Why? But because these kids are the ones which feel much more than their elders what it means war. Because it’s not only the uprooting from their homes. Is the fact that the war and the consequences of blocking the future, destroy the hope, which we the Peoples of the West, with the responsibilities that bring about these wars, we need to restore”.
Mr. Pavlopoulos said that “the dialogue of cultures is the best way to deal with the war and defend the peace,” explaining that: “Because the dialogue of cultures helps before all not only to stop the wars, it helps to not have wars. Because when it explodes the war and from there the consequences are often irreversible, as is unfortunately happening today”
“The dialogue of cultures continued, the President of the Republic – can do all this why every real culture has to defend the Man and Peace”.
“Culture, mr Mayor,” said mr. Pavlopoulos, addressing himself to the mayor of Chaidari, Michael Î£ÎµÎ»ÎÎºÎ¿, “host” of tonight’s event, “that is not in the centre of these two concepts is not culture. To this end, this dialogue can lead to the result we talked about”.
In closing, and addressed the children ? refugees, the President of the Republic pointed out: “Children who are in Greece, you should know that our country is the birthplace and cradle of one of the civilization that had the good fortune, however, is the basis of the culture of Europe and the West. And this is due to the fact that this culture is based on Humans, based on Peace, based on Democracy based on Justice. And through these principles we welcome you”.
In the event of the municipality of Haidari attended even the minister of Education, Research and Religious affairs Konstantinos Î“Î±Î²ÏÏŒÎ³Î»Î¿Ï…, the Governor of the Attica region Rena Î”Î¿ÏÏÎ¿Ï…, the deputy minister of National Defence Dimitris Vitsa, Spyros merkouri hall, etc.