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«Ivan Kanidis» School inauguration

Exactly six years since the extremist attack on the Beslan School at the Russian Republic of North Ossetia in Caucassus, a new school was launched, under the responsibility of the Greek and Norwegian Ministries of Foreign Affairs and the local Greek community.

In an especially overwhelming ceremony, burdened by the grave memory of the hostage taking of hundreds of people, which resulted in the death of 336 of them, among which there were 196 children, the memory of the victims was honored and especially the heroic Physical Education teacher, Ivan Kannidis, who faced a tragic death by the Islamic terrorists, defending his students and refusing until the very end to abandon them, even though he was offered to leave.

In honor of the 74 year-old Greek teacher whose name became a legend and a role model in Russia, the new school was named after him and his son Constantine was appointed as its first director.

The inauguration ceremony of the school, which started to operate this year, was the President of the Republic of N. Ossetia, Taimuraz Mamsurov, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Norway, Espen Eide and the Ambassador of Greece in Russia, Michalis Spinnelis, whilst a dance group comprised of Greeks of the local community performed traditional dances from Pontus and sang Greek songs.

Greece and Norway funded the construction of the school, offering 2.5 million Euros through the U.N. Program for development. Up to 200 prospective athletes will attend the school, emphasizing on football.

Source: ANA-MPA

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Hellenes Abroad / Greece

Voices & visions Melbourne, 09.02.2012