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One Young World Scholarship-One Young World Way Of Life

In Scholarships and Mobility on September 24, 2013 at 9:31 am

One Young World Scholarship-One Young World Way Of Life

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I find myself these last days in a position of trying to explain what is that conference I am about to attend. Explain the reason I have been awarded with a scholarship to go up to South Africa in order to participate. And then, after a lot of thinking I decided to sit down and try to find the right words to explain what is that. Something that unexpected , during my lunch time in the European Parliament, came to become part of my life from that evening on. Let me begin with some facts. It is the biggest event for the youth worldwide. Literally collects ambassadors from 183 countries of the United Nations. This year in Johannesburg, these countries will be represented of some of the most prestigious leaders, who will combine their power in order to address issues like youth unemployment, lack of education and sustainable development. This year’s representatives overcome the one thousand again. The opportunities given in these people are many until the week of the summit arrives. I will begin with the 100 scholarships that are given to 100 people of under- represented countries.Greece , stroked by a huge economic crisis is one of them. This is how I applied for a scholarship among many other Greeks and I got selected to represent our country. Since that time I am preparing to do my best. After you get selected and you are a recognized participant the opportunities continue. And what follow are my personal advices and observations that will help the future participants of the years to come. So keep your senses alarmed! You would like to discuss about urgent global issues with a personality like Kofi Annan? You are given this opportunity . You love photography? You can take part on the Instagram competition and advertise the beautiful places of the country you represent . This is like doing a mini tourism campaign through your own point of view. Are you a rising star when it comes to entrepreneurship ? You can get concrete advices from personalities like the founder of Twitter himself. But one of the most important opportunities you are been given is the one of becoming a delegate speaker and address the summit in one of the scheduled plenary sessions. Almost 40 get the opportunity to raise awareness on a specific issue and elaborate on it with people that are willing to accept what they hear and are ready to help combat the problem in any way possible. And this is where magically we get a way of life. The people you will meet, the information uninvited come to you and change you, make you see clearly. The powerful feeling of knowing someone in every corner of this small world.This is the lost important thing we get out of this conference. And I can’t help but thank these two people that not only though but also had the courage to bring this conference to life. Not only for the above mentioned but mostly because of this hope and this great feeling of power I get.Something priceless for a young Greek that doesn’t give up and keeps fighting. And I will keep fighting. And I will change this country. And I will always seek for help from all of you. And we shall not stop before we see the first results. And I do promise you that.


The 70 Critical Days

In Books and Knowledge on September 8, 2013 at 9:01 am

The 70 Critical Days

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Dear Dots,
This column of the blog is brand new. I was nourishing the idea in my mind for a long time now. And since I proudly identify myself as a bookworm, I would like through this column to initiate a talk about books, suggest, hear your opinions and give some food for thought. In the end of the day, knowledge is power, and however clichéd this sounds it depicts the clear truth.
The book I recommend today is « The seventy critical days». It parleys the chronicle of the Cyprus tragedy of 1974. The reader must have a critical eye while going through its pages but generally it can be received as a fairly comprehend textbook that presents the order of the incidents that took place and the sharing of power in the global political scene. Today, with the security that only the time distance gives to history, we need to start getting accustomed with our past so that we can be sure about the future, so that we can avoid the same mistakes. War is not that far away. We should not stay passive on what is going on at North Africa and the Middle East. We leave in an interconnected world. The better educated we are the easiest we can handle any crisis as a whole.