THE SYMPOSIUM

IS ORGANIZED BY THE HELLENIC CULTURAL AND EDUCATIONAL CLUB FOR UNESCO SUPPORTED BY THE HELLENIC NATIONAL COMMISSION FOR UNESCO

The Annual World Cultural Heritage Youth Symposium is being held on the occasion of the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development. The Symposium is a contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals promoting “Education 2030” focused on SDG 4.7 as well as SDG17. It is also supported by the United Nations Regional Information Centre (UNRIC) and the UNESCO Chair in Intercultural Policy for an Active Citizenship and Solidarity – University of Macedonia, Greece..  The official language of the Symposium is English.

THE AIM

The symposium aims to bring together students and teachers from all over the world in order to raise cultural awareness, develop mutual respect and contribute to the creation of a new generation of world citizens that feel united in diversity and are willing to shape a sustainable future for everyone. This is being achieved through knowledge and experience exchange, interaction and collaboration on a common goal related to the world cultural heritage.

ARTS AND CULTURAL HERITAGE

Artifacts, sculptures, and other forms of Αrt can tell the story of a Culture and its History, helping to ensure that it is not lost to time. By preserving Cultural Heritage through Art, we can ensure that our history and traditions are not forgotten, and that future generations can appreciate and learn from them.

The 6th World Cultural Heritage Youth Symposium 2025 focuses on the role of Arts in Culture and invites students and teachers to engage in the topic by participating into various activities

THE OBJECTIVES

  • Students will be given the opportunity to present a part of the heritage of their country, expose their ideas and turn cultural diversity into a power for peace, security, and development for all.
  • Students will interact with the other delegations to understand different cultures and acknowledge the importance of the World Cultural Heritage on global, regional, and national level.
  • Teachers will be given a leading role in shaping the future generation through collaborating with colleagues from all over the world.
  • Participants will also have the opportunity to come in contact with the ancient Greek culture and civilization.

PARTICIPANTS

In the Symposium are welcome to participate teachers and students older than 12 years old of schools, universities and/or educational or cultural organizations and associations from all around the world. Minor students should be accompanied by at least 1 adult. All participants will receive a participation certificate signed by the organizers.

The Aims

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To give students the chance to present their countries’ culture (the tangible and intangible heritage aspects), expose their ideas and turn cultural diversity into a power for peace, security and development for all

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To help students meet and understand different cultures and acknowledge the importance of World Cultural Heritage

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To bring students from all over the world in contact with the ancient Greek culture and civilization

THE DATES: 26-30 March 2025

The duration of the Symposium is 5 days. The Organizing Committee will welcome the delegations on the 26th March. Οn the 27th March all delegations will depart to Ramanda Loutraki Poseidon Resort and they will return to Athens on the 30th March 2025.

REGISTRATION

UNTIL 10 DECEMBER 2024

The deadline for the submission of the participation form is the 10th December 2024. However, since the number of participants is limited, the should the participants have reached the total number of 350 earlier than the 10th December 2024, no further applications will be accepted. Priority will be given to International Delegations.

THE OPENING CEREMONY

The Opening Ceremony of the Symposium 2024 is hosted by Pierce – The American College of Greece. The ceremony will take place at Pierce Theater, which is the venue of choice for exceptional and large-scale performances. The theater is equipped with exquisite soundproof panels and multiple surround sound monitors. For the needs of the Ceremony special equipment such as a large videowall, robotic stage lights, visual effect machines etc. will be added. The Opening Ceremony is scheduled to take place on Wednesday 17 April 2024 at 18.30 and its duration will be 100 min (est.). According to the Program, a variety of musical and dance acts performed by the students will take place during the Opening Ceremony.

Ramanda Loutraki Poseidon Resort 5*

Activities

Transportation

Accomodation

Participation Info

ACCOMMODATION

Accommodation in Athens

On the 26th March the international and non-Athenian delegations will be accommodated at President Hotel (www.president.gr) .The Hotel is conveniently located at the boundaries of city’s center, offering great access to Athens historical landmarks. Panormou Metro Station is just 700 meters away from our hotel, while Ampelokipoi Metro Station is only 750 meters away. Both stations provide easy access to Syntagma Square.

Loutraki

Loutraki is a popular resort in the prefecture of Corinth, famous for its natural mineral springs and thermal waters. Stretching in the coastline of the Corinthian Gulf it is 84 km away from Athens. Above the town stand the Gerania Mountains. In ancient times in place of Loutraki was the ancient Thermes or Thermae, famous for its thermal springs. Thermia Artemida was its protector. The first written reference to Loutraki water was in «Hellenica» of the Athenian historian Xenophon (431-351 BC).

Accommodation in Loutraki

Delegations will be hosted at Ramanda Loutraki Poseidon Resort 5*: (https://www.ramadaloutraki.com).

  • Teachers are to be accommodated in single suites. It is possible that teachers of the same delegation and gender will be accommodated in twin suites.
  • Students will be mostly accommodated in 3- and 4- beds suites. Some students will be accommodated in twin rooms. Due to safety reasons students are not allowed to be accommodated in single suites.
  • In case a delegation consists only of one teacher and one student, they will share a twin suite.

The final choice about the accommodation of the participants will be made based on organizational criteria and cannot be changed in any way and under any circumstances.

Wyndham & Ramada Loutraki Poseidon Resort 5*

THE DECLARATION

Before the end of the Symposium the participants will sign a resolution on the protection of the World Cultural Heritage.
The Declaration will condemn any assaults and crimes committed against World Heritage sites and focus on the fight against any attack on cultural diversity.
The Declaration will be forwarded by the organizers to:

  • UNESCO’s Education Sector
  • UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre

THE MEDICAL TEAM

IASO Children’s Hospital will support the World Cultural Heritage Youth Symposium 2023. The medical team of the hospital will be present during the Symposium in the premises of the I.O.A. in Ancient Olympia.

IASO Children’s Hospital is the biggest private pediatric hospital in Greece, operates since 2008 and offers complete healthcare services according to the standards of world-class pediatric hospitals. For further information: https://www.iaso.gr/en/pediatric-clinic

TRANSPORTATION

EXCLUDING DELEGATIONS FROM ATHENS

1. Arrival at the Athens International Airport
After their arrival at the Athens International Airport on the 26th March, delegations will be transferred by bus to President Hotel.
2. Departure from Athens International Airport
Athens and the “Eleutherios Venizelos” Athens International Airport are 2 hours’ drive away from Loutraki. The buses will depart from Ramanda Loutraki Poseidon Club at 09.00 a.m. (estimated arrival at the airport 11.00 a.m.).
It is highly recommended to plan your departure from Athens on the 30th March 2025 after 13.00 (local time). If, due to the flight program of the airlines this is not possible, a private transfer from Loutraki to the airport is possible. In this case the private transfer will be paid by the delegation directly to the travel agency without any interference of the Organizing Committee. It is highly recommended to inform the Organizing Committee in this regard by sending an email to worldyouthsymposium@gmail.com.

Meet the Speakers

Panagiotis
Tsolias
PRESENTER

Director of Communication at ERT S.A.
HELLENIC BROADCASTING CORPORATION

Vasilis
Papalyberis
Organizer

Member of the Board of the European Center for Open Innovation, Science and Culture

Aikaterini
Tzitzikosta
UNESCO HELLAS

President of the Hellenic National Commission for UNESCO

Euthymios
Kotzas
PRESENTER

Mayor of the municipality
of Ancient Olympia

DIMITRIOS
FATOUROS
UNRIC

Desk Officer, Greece & Cyprus

Vera
Dilari
ASPnet HELLAS

National ASPnet Coordinator – Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs

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