UNICEF: First meeting with the Minister of Education, Religious Affairs and Sports Mr. Kyriakos Pierrakakis to ensure quality, inclusive education for every child in Greece

Combating forms of violence, children with disabilities, upgrading the education system and the International Conference on Inclusive Education on the agenda of the meeting.

15 September 2023
Ο Υπουργός Παιδείας, Θρησκευμάτων & Αθλητισμού, Κυριάκος Πιερρακάκης και ο Διπλωμαιτκός Εκπρόσωπος του Γραφείου της UNICEF στην Ελλάδα, Δρ.Γασάν Χαλίλ.
The Minister of Education, Religious Affairs & Sports, Kyriakos Pierrakakis and UNICEF Representative in Greece, Dr. Ghassan Khalil.

ATHENS, SEPTEMBER 15, 2023 – A significantly constructive first official meeting between the Minister of Education, Religious and Sports, Mr. Kyriakos Pierrakakis and the newly appointed UNICEF Representative in Greece, Dr. Ghassan Khalil, took place on Wednesday, September 13th.

The Minister, accompanied by the Deputy Minister of Education Ms. Zetta Makri, welcomed the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) delegation in his chambers. The Representative of UNICEF was accompanied by the Deputy Representative of the Organization in Greece, Ms. Aspa Plakantonaki, the Head of Education, Ms. Despina Karamperidou and the Head of Communication, Ms. Olga Siokou - Siova.

The two agencies discussed progress and updates of ongoing joint programmes aiming to reinforce inclusive education policies and best practices. They also explored potential innovative interventions aimed to strengthen the education system in Greece, combat bullying, violence and abuse inside and outside the school units, strengthen child rights-based education, as well as ensure equal access to quality education for all children, without exception, with priority given to children with disabilities.

In addition, UNICEF proposed the organization of an International Conference on Inclusive Education applied policies and best practices, which will take place in Greece in early 2024, under the auspices of the Ministry of Education, Religious Affairs and Sports.

The two parties renewed their commitment to continue building a better future, where access to quality inclusive education continues to be a fundamental and inviolable right for every child in the country.

Media contacts

Olga Siokou - Siova
Communication Specialist
Tel: +30 211 2340 297


The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child around the world. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, and all children, everywhere.

UNICEF is financed exclusively by voluntary contributions from individuals, the private sector, foundations and UN member states, including the EU. Donor support is crucial as we create a global alliance for reaching every child without any exception.

For more information about UNICEF and its work for children in Greece, visit the UNICEF Greece website here.

Follow UNICEF Greece on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.