Israeli Initiative “Young Ambassadors” Brings Greek and Israeli Youth Together

The ”Young Ambassadors” at the home of Ambassador of Israel to Greece Irit Ben Abba.  Photo by Youth For Israel Twitter page

Students from schools in Israel and Greece met on Wednesday in Athens as part of the “Young Ambassadors” initiative from Israel’s “Young Leadership Center.”

Pausanias Papageorgiou, the Secretary General for Lifelong Learning of the Greek Ministry of Education, praised the eighty young people from two Greek and five Israeli schools who met together at the Athens Concert Hall.

Speaking with state-run AMNA news agency, the education official said that the group of teenagers “strove to come up with answers to crucial questions, but also to debunk stereotypes.”

The Israeli students had the opportunity to visit many Athenian sites, including the Parliament, SKAI TV Headquarters and the Greek Foreign Ministry.

Sawsan Hasson, Deputy Mission Chief of the Embassy of Israel, said that this was the third time the “Young Ambassador” program brought Israeli students to Greece. However, she added, it was the first time that the Young Ambassadors have had the chance to meet local students.

“The fact that the children were quick in starting up conversations, and that they discovered they have common interests and concerns is very important,” Hasson stated.

The nations of Greece and Israel have strengthened their cooperation in a wide variety of fields over the last several years, forming a strategic relationship in the fields of diplomacy, the economy, energy, the military and many other areas of common interest.