Greece’s Education Ministry in collaboration with the Tourism Ministry and the Hellenic Chamber of Hotels (HCH) announced the launch this week of a hospitality educational program aimed at grade school students.
Dubbed “Philoxenia Mou” (My Hospitality), the program is part of a wider skills workshop scheme under the “Create and Innovate” category and can be taught to grades 2 and 3 of primary school over a five- to seven-week period for two hours a week. It is now available to all schools in Greece.
The innovative program aims to introduce students to the concepts of hospitality, diversity, entrepreneurship, inclusiveness, innovative and environmentally-friendly business development in hospitality as well as to hospitality-related professions and careers.
“For the first time, the young students of Greece will have the opportunity to get to know the world of Greek hospitality, sector professions and career opportunities, learn how to recognize the principles of sustainability in tourism, and finally, to develop their own ideas and suggestions,” said Deputy Tourism Minister Sofia Zacharaki on Tuesday during a special event for the presentation of the “My Hospitality” educational program.
Speaking during the event, HCH President Alexandros Vassilikos said hospitality was intrinsically linked to the future of Greece.
“Through hospitality, which is undoubtedly our strongest development advantage, we must be able to see today the new Greece we want for tomorrow,” he said adding that it was vital in this direction to “cultivate tourism awareness and to develop a new culture of hospitality on healthy foundations”.
“In order for this to be done correctly, we have to start from where it all begins: from elementary school, from the generations which, with the care and effort of our teachers, are preparing to take the future of Greece into their own hands,” he said.