06-19 20:15

The awards were presented to the students by the Minister of Culture and Sports Lina Mendoni, who in her greeting said, among other things: “Today is an important day, as with the celebration of World Environment Day we honor Nature, we must think about how we have treated Nature and the Environment. The Museum of Natural History, when founded by Niki and Angelos Goulandris realizing their great vision, was far ahead for that time, had a pioneering and pioneering role, not only in matters of Environmental protection, but also in the major issue of Environment. Education.

Today, with great pleasure, we award children, young elementary school students from all over Greece who took part in the pan-Hellenic painting competition, organized by the Museum in memory of Niki Goulandris, on the theme of Greek wildflowers. The initiative of the Museum is particularly important, because it raises the awareness of very young people on the issues of nature protection and the environment. We have to look to the past and realize how we have behaved in Nature, to wonder if we have respected the Environment. It is a turn in the past that can ensure a better future for these children. We dishonored the land, as Pikionis used to say. And we have to correct this immediately, so that there will be a next day. The fact that 1600 children from all grades of primary school from all parts of our country participated in the competition is very encouraging. Indicates the sensitivity of children, but also of their families. And they deserve congratulations to the young students who through their brushes and paints us

they brought to mind the phrase of Hugo τε you love flowers, because it is the secret gospel of nature  ̄.

The purpose of the competition was for the students to get to know the wildflowers of our country, with special goals, to locate the wildflowers of the area where they live and to capture the beauty of the Greek nature, to observe their special characteristics, to get acquainted and watch the changes in the flora, depending on the season and finally, to discover the biodiversity of Greek wildflowers.

In the event dedicated to the memory of the co-founder of the Museum, Niki Goulandris, a total of twelve talented primary school students were awarded – four children from three age categories (A’-B ‘, C’-D’ and E’-S ‘Elementary), from schools of Attica, Thessaloniki, Boeotia, Lesvos, Santorini and Lefkada. The winners received gifts from the Goulandris Museum of Natural History and the Ministry of Culture and Sports, as well as a free entry card to the Museum until they reach adulthood.

The Panhellenic Competition is now instituted by the Goulandris Museum of Natural History and will be repeated every school year.

Nancy Angelopoulou