01 JUNE 2017 / Event in celebration of the two-year anniversary since the launch of the “Open Schools” program

On Wednesday, May 31st, the program “Open Schools” of the Municipality of Athens held an open event at the Open School of Petralona (76th Primary School) to celebrate the two years since the start of its implementation.

The school opened its doors to host a large celebration, entitled “Stories from the Open Schools of the Municipality of Athens”, bringing together friends and supporters of the program.

The “Open Schools” program was piloted in 2015, and since then has expanded to 25 municipal public schools in Athens. Under the “Open Schools” program, school buildings of the Municipality of Athens stay open after the official hours of operation, as well as during the weekends, hosting a series of open activities of creative learning, education, entertainment and sports for all age groups. In its two short years of operation, the residents of local communities, both children and adults, have embraced this initiative, thus transforming Open Schools into meeting points for all ages and sustainable spaces for education, creative expression and social service.

The “Open Schools” program is implemented through the exclusive support of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF), as part of the €10 million grant that has been allocated to the Municipality of Athens, in the context of the SNF’s Initiative Against the Greek Crisis, aiming to address the immediate needs of citizens of the urban center.

In addition to the activities that took place during the celebratory event, which included, among others, a photography exhibition, screenings and theatrical games, the participants were offered the opportunity to learn more about the program’s summer activities, as well as to share ideas for activities or categories of activities to be implemented at the Open Schools of their neighborhoods.

Speech by Kostas Liveris, SNF Deputy Chief Technical Officer