Soon, a supply of board games about the 1821 Greek War of Independence will be in the hands of Greek diaspora children all over the world.
The Athens War Museum donated over 400 board games to the Foreign Ministry’s General Secretariat for Public Diplomacy & Greeks Abroad to be sent to young Greeks and children of Greek descent living around the globe.
The generous donation was made in honor of the country’s recent bicentennial of the Greek War of Independence on March 25, 2021.
Hoping to foster an interest in and admiration of Greek history amongst children of the diaspora, the Athens War Museum, in cooperation with a Greek board game manufacturer, created the games, all of which relate to key events from the Greek War of Independence.
Upon accepting the board games from the Museum’s President Anastasios Liaskos, Deputy Minister for Diaspora Greeks Kostas Vlasis was moved, stating: “With great emotion and exceptional joy, we accept the War Museum’s donation to young members of the diaspora.”
Board games help diaspora kids “study the history of the Greek War of Independence”
Reflecting on the importance of maintaining strong bonds between Greece and the diaspora, Vlassis stressed that diaspora Greeks are always welcome in the home of their ancestors.
“No matter how far away they are, they are the future of universal Hellenism, and we will always have a door and our hearts open to them,” he expressed.
He went on to thank the War Museum for its generous gift, stating that the games are fundamental in bringing “our young friends into contact with their homeland” and helping them “learn about Greek history and culture.”
Anastasios Liaskos, President of the War Museum, stated that the board games will “send the message to the Greek diaspora that Greece is always next to them, and it will also give children of the diaspora abroad the opportunity to study the depths of the history of the Greek War of Independence on the year of its bicentennial.”