At the Hellenic Union in Romania we learned more about the cultural activity of the organization, its intracommunity and interethnic activities, about the neogreek language education of the children in the community, as well as about the neogreek language international Olympiad, taking place in September in Bucharest. Last but not least, we were delighted with a Greek dance show.
Ms. Maria – Ekaterini Papachristopoulou – Tzitzikosta, the president of the Hellenic National Commission for UNESCO, received a plaque from the hosts, as a sign of friendship and welcome to Romania. She presented the UNESCO Center for Women and Peace in the Balkans, which is based in Thessaloniki. The beginnings of the organization were mentioned, just after the fall of the Iron Curtain, when women in northern Greece mobilized to carry out humanitarian activities in the former communist countries of the Balkans. After nearly 25 years of work under the auspices of UNESCO, the center can now boast activities in various fields – youth, culture, education, entrepreneurship.
Ms. Tzitzikosta proposed that the upcoming edition of UNESCO’s Academy of Young Women be held next year in Thessaloniki, a proposal saluted by all those present.