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Literature marathon dedicated to the Greek Literacy Day

The history of writing is interconnected with human history. The development of writing skills defined which tribe would turn into a civilization and which one would fail to pass its culture to the descendants and vanish into the depths of history. The ability to write became one of the most essential, fundamental skills in the evolution of humankind.

A literature marathon by Little Odysseus, “A Child Made of Books”, took place in the Limassol Municipal University Library. It was held on the 30th of January – Greek Literacy Day also celebrated as The Day of Three Saints. According to the Scripture, these three men dedicated their lives to promoting literacy among all people regardless of their origin and status.

The marathon was a full-day celebration. Participants and guests alike had a chance to immerse themselves deep in the world of the written word. Children from different cities of all ages were taken on an interactive storytelling journey by the authors Penelope Waskes Hadjilira, Maria Loisidou, and Christoforos Christoforou. Over 80 children and their parents, guided by Alice in Wonderland and The Mad Hatter, engaged in an adventurous treasure hunt around the library premises, art and handicrafts workshops full of discoveries, learning and creation. Eager story-seekers got acquainted with the world of fairy-tale adventures and participated in all activities with great interest.

The marathon was held along with the exhibition dedicated to Smyrna Catastrophe. Angela Chalkiopoulou gave a special presentation dedicated to supporting and highlighting this initiative. On this significant for the Republic of Cyprus day, we were pleased to welcome our supporter and reliable partner, the mayor of Limassol, Mr. Nicos Nicolaides, who visited the event.

Education and cultural enrichment of the younger generation have always been one of the priorities of the Andrey and Julia Dashin Foundation, so we readily support initiatives that promote educational, personal, and moral development.