Schools who wish to participate in the bi-annual “Student Olympiad” at the ancient Greek city of Amphipolis, known as “Mathitiada” have been urged to apply by 7 February 2020. This educational event assembles Junior High School students from all prefectures of Greece and the world every two years.
During these five days they take part in all the Olympic and Paralympic sports as well as in several cultural, environmental and scientific activities.
The main purpose of Mathitiada is to activate students so that they struggle and this way they are turned from passive recipients into protagonists. Via sports and culture and through personal experience Mathitiada aims at helping children overcome their fear of whatever is new and accept the differences. The message that Mathitiada conveys is its central motto:
“free from the fear of failure and the pressure to win”
All the activities will take place at the facilities in Proti, Serres and in the seaside area of Kariani, Kavala.
There are 16 paralympic sports that take place with demonstrations from paralympic champions and with students and visitors’ participation. The purpose of all these is the acceptance of and familiarization with something different. The activities take place in the especially formed ‘Paralympic Park’, where the students get to know the paralympic sports and ‘play’ in the especially designed educational programs.
There are also 38 activities concerning the arts that takes place in the ‘Cultural Village’. Students participate in cultural workshops, exhibitions, and performances.
The torch relay of Mathitiada begins in Proti, Serres, and travels throughout Greece carrying its message. On foot, by fishing boats, rowing boats, bicycles and whatever means of transport available, the torch of Mathitiada has travelled from Alexandroupoli to Igoumenitsa and from Florina to Crete.
Nearly 1,000 medals are awarded to the sports winners in every Mathitiada, rewarding the students who tried and achieved to put into action the motto for effort and participation ‘free from the fear of failure and the pressure of win’. All participants are given Certificates of Participation.
For more information and application form visit: mathitiada.gr