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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-11-22

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  • [01] Education minister on World Day for Children's Rights
  • [02] Willem Dafoe in Thessaloniki

  • [01] Education minister on World Day for Children's Rights

    Education Minister Evripides Stylianidis on Saturday addressed an event held on the occasion of the World Day of Children's Rights on Nov. 20.

    "We are trying to sensitise the Greek society and the State on the provision of children's' rights," he noted, adding: "We are reactivating the Children's Observatory, which focuses initially on briefing youth, activating society and the state to taking the mandatory initiatives in order to protect these rights in action."

    In response to press questions about the issue of classes in public schools teaching religion, and about charges claiming that some teachers request the reasons children want to be excluded from the lessons, the minister said the issue has been permanently resolved by the curricula the ministry has sent to all public schools, adding that the ministry's circulars must be followed.

    [02] Willem Dafoe in Thessaloniki

    The 49th annual Thessaloniki film festival will conclude with a screening of films on Saturday evening, in tandem with the international debut of Greek director Theo Angelopoulos' new film "The Dust of Time".

    The international awards will be bestowed to the winners on Sunday evening, while the ceremony for national productions comes on Monday.

    Noted Hollywood actor Willem Dafoe, who appeared in Angelopoulos' film, also spoke at a master class session on Saturday, where he stressed that he was happy to participate in the latest Angelopoulos production, dismissing concerns of how big or small a role is for the actor. He also expressed his respect of the noted filmmaker's work.

    Caption:US actor Willem Dafoe during a masterclass, at the 49th film festival in Thessaloniki, Greece, 22 November 2008. Dafoe spoke about his relationship with Greek director Theodoros Angelopoulos and presented the film of Danish director Lars von Trier 'Antichrist', where he acts. EPA/NIKOS ARVANITIDIS

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