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Schools throughout Greece

Never Such Innocence Competition 2020–21 Winners

Thank you to all the students and schools that participated in this year’s Never Such Innocence competition, supporting it with their enthusiasm, imagination and creativity.

This year, there was a total of 3,179 entries from 99 countries, territories and dependencies around the world.

Congratulations to all the students from Greece who are among this year’s winners: Ioannis, Zacharias, Eleni, Antionios Panagiotis, Stavroula and Elisavet – we are proud of your success!

  • Ioannis Zekios, 23rd Primary School of Kalamaria, Thessaloniki, 1st Place Speech (Ages 9–11): «Η Δύναμη της Φωνής» (Τhe Power of the Voice)
  • Zacharias Desdanakis, Crete, Covid-19 Special Recognition – Reflections on Covid-19, Song (Ages 11–14): Tough Times
  • Eleni Sanozidou, 3rd Primary School of Pefka, Thessaloniki, 2nd Place Speech (Ages 11–14): A Really Old Story
  • Antonios Panagiotis Atzemis, Stavroula Alexiou and Elisavet Kaltsou, Arsakeio Gymnasium of Thessaloniki, 2nd Place Song (Ages 14–16): Let Me Fly Away

Watch the congratulatory message from Lady Lucy French, OBE, Founder and CEO of Never Such Innocence on YouTube.

Never Such Innocence Competition 2020–21

Following the success of our Salonika Remembers and Greece Remembers programmes, and the winning entries submitted by students in Greece in the respective competitions of 2017–18 and 2019–20, we are delighted to announce our new collaboration with Never Such Innocence, the British Embassy and the Museum for Macedonian Struggle – with the educational programme entitled Seeking the Legacy of the Greek War of Independence in 19th Century Macedonia – and invite students throughout Greece to take part in Never Such Innocence’s new international competition.

The theme of this year’s competition is The Unheard Voices of Conflict: Stories from Around the World, which we are dedicating to the bicentenary anniversary of the Greek Revolution of 1821.

To enter the competition, share your reflections on conflict or give a voice to those who may not have one. For inspiration, consider the questions below to explore the theme:

  • Who? This could be a conflict that has affected you/your family, or you could bring to light someone else’s story.
  • What? Conflict comes in many forms. What conflict affects you?
  • When? You can look at a historical or current conflict. On the occasion of the bicentenary of the Greek Revolution of 1821, we invite you to be inspired by this important milestone in the history of Greece.
  • Why? New voices and perspectives are important if we are to understand the true impact of conflict.

The competition is open to young people aged 9–18 and has four categories: Poetry, Art, Speech and Song.

Every single participant will receive a special personalised Certificate of Commendation.

Download the Competition Presentation (PDF, 3 mb).

Educational programme: Seeking the Legacy of the Greek War of Independence in 19th Century Macedonia

The Museum for Macedonian Struggle’s educational programme, which will be implemented in the 2021–22 academic year by the Museum, is aimed at primary school students (5th and 6th grade), high school students and students in the first two grades of Lyceum.

Using exhibits and relics from the Museum as tools, the programme aims to highlight concepts such as heroism, self-denial, the suffering of civilians, the social and cultural heritage of the Greeks of Macedonia and, last but not least, the management of the memory of an event that has changed the course of Greek history and has also profoundly influenced national movements in the Balkans. Find out more.

Online event: Presentation of the competition and the educational programme

Date Tuesday 9 February 2021, 18.00
Programme Invitation and Programme (PDF, 189 kb)
Competition Competition Presentation (PDF, 3 mb)


For further information, please contact Chrysoula Melidou:

Email Chrysoula.Melidou@britishcouncil.gr
Telephone 2310 378 314

The competition is taking place under the auspices of the Region of Central Macedonia, Regional Unit of Thessaloniki.