The Independent Social Support Agency “a bequest” to each subsequent First Lady, Andri Anastasiades says (Repeat)

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The Independent Social Support Body (ISSB), has supported more than 3,000 students to pursue and complete their higher education studies during the seven years of its existence, Cyprus’ First Lady, Andri Anastasiades, said.

In her speech on Thursday evening at a charity dinner held by the ISSB, at the Presidential Palace, Anastasiades said that, since its establishment in 2015 to-date, the total amount of €3.6 million was collected and allocated to 3,100 students, who were able to continue and complete their studies. Through the operation of the agency, she said, they were given the opportunity to solve other problems that young people were facing.

The First Lady said that the Independent Social Support Body “was my own vision of contribution, to the most valuable part of our society, our young people, the future of our country, tomorrow’s leaders”. She said that, as she steps down as First Lady, at the end of February next year, her vision of “no student without a degree,” has become a reality.

The First Lady also said that it makes her “especially happy,” that the success of the ISSB’s institutionalisation “allows us to bequeath the contribution that we recorded with my colleagues” to each First Lady that will follow, with the hope that it will be embraced with the same love and commitment.

Anastasiades thanked the agency’s committee – the permanent secretaries of the Ministries of Labour, Education and Health and the Accountant General – chaired by the First Lady.

She also thanked all those who stood by the agency’s side, strengthening the effort with their small or large financial support and specifically mentioned the former Archbishop of America, Demetrios, whose financial support in the first steps of the ISSB, was decisive, as she said, for its successful course.

Source: Cyprus News Agency