The city of Kavala is the second stop of HELMEPA’s “Educational Community and Public Awareness Campaign on the Marine Environment, Shipping and Sciences”, which continues across Greece with the financial support of Lloyd’s Register Foundation (LRF)*.
Besides raising awareness among the school and the wider community on the themes of the Campaign, the aim of this initiative is to inspire children in the Greek periphery to learn more about science, engineering and technology in the service of society and the environment, and give them access to information and facilities that they otherwise may not have had.
The Campaign in Kavala is placed under the auspices of the local Municipality and began on Tuesday 21 April 2015 with the inauguration of the Exhibition for primary and secondary education schoolchildren, at the headquarters of the Kavala Prefectural Authority.
The Mayor of Kavala, Mrs. Dimitra Tsanaka, the Vice Prefect of Kavala, Mr. Theodoros Markopoulos, staff of the Primary and Secondary Education Departments of Kavala, representatives of the Kavala Port Authority and other local entities, as well as 30 schoolchildren from the 16th Primary School of Kavala accompanied by their teachers and the School Master honored the event with their presence.
In his address on behalf of HELMEPA’s Board, the General Secretary, Mr. Dimitris Lemonidis, gave a brief account of history and objectives of the Association, which continuously expands its activities rendering it as “a synonym of responsibility for the protection of coasts and seas”. He also highlighted the importance of the creation of HELMEPA Junior, which is based on the idea that nurturing an environmental consciousness is primarily an issue of education.
Following, the Vice Prefect of Kavala, Mr. Th. Markopoulos, expressed his particular joy that the city of Kavala is hosting HELMEPA’s exhibition, stressing the fact that the marine environment, besides providing the basis for recreational activities, also offers significant fisheries, which we must protect.
The Mayor of Kavala, Mrs. D. Tsanaka, welcomed HELMEPA’s Exhibition in Kavala, the city with the most ancient port across the entire region of Macedonia, as she specifically noted, and highlighted the Municipality’s efforts for the protection and elevation of the marine environment through a significant number of projects. The aim is to establish Kavala as a hub for sustainable development and knowledge transfer on Coastal Zone Management and Marine Policy issues. Concluding, the Mayor expressed her certainty for the beginning of a new fruitful cooperation between the Municipality of Kavala and HELMEPA.
Finally, HELMEPA’ s Executive Coordinator, Mrs. Christiana Prekezes, read out a brief address by Mrs. Maria Dokopoulou, representative of the Institute of Educational Policy of the Ministry of Culture, Education and Religious Affairs.
The Exhibition will remain in Kavala until 30 April and will be visited by 800 primary and high school pupils. On Wednesday 29 April, HELMEPA will run a “Train-the Trainer’ Seminar for Teachers titled “Seas and Humans: Ensuring a Sustainable Future”.
The Campaign will continue across a further 12 continental and island areas of Greece until November 2017.
*Lloyd’s Register Foundation helps to protect life and property by supporting engineering-related education, public engagement and the application of research.