Young people acting as European Parliament ambassadors convey the message that “we need to be active citizens”, said Andreas Kettis, the Head of the European Parliament office in Cyprus.
He was addressing an event, on Friday, to award four schools in the Limassol District the title School – Ambassador of the European Parliament.
In his address, Kettis said the program was introduced for the first time in Cyprus, after its pilot implementation in five EU member states last year.
The aim, he said, was to familiarize pupils and their teachers with what it means to be an active citizen, to participate in political life, vote or stand as a candidate in elections.
He also said that in two years there will be elections for the new members of the European Parliament and noted that as ambassadors of the EP, pupils have to spread the message across friends and family.
Limassol Mayor Nicos Nicolaides congratulated the schools that are taking part in this program, noting that the EP invests in young people. It is a great honour for all young Cypriots and especially those that were chosen to become ambassadors, for the EP stands for democracy, solidarity and respect for each other, the Mayor noted.
The four schools are Apostles Peter and Paul Lyceum, Mitsis Commercial School in Lemythou, Apostle Lucas regional Lyceum in Kolossi and the St. Antonios Lyceum. They were chosen among 15 schools in Cyprus.
Source: Cyprus News Agency