Cyprus Mail

American school raises wall with mural on tolerance

By Evie Andreou

THREE hundred environmentally friendly balloons with the words ‘Accept’ and ‘Respect’ were released in the air yesterday by students and teachers of the American International School to mark the International Day for Tolerance, while a mural has been painted on the Nicosia school’s new fence wall.

Guest speakers at the celebrations were the U.S. Ambassador Jon Koenig, Finance minister Harris Georgiades standing in for President Anastasiades and Nicosia mayor Constantinos Yiorkadjis.

“Our guests talked about the importance of tolerance in society and how this is a most important principle in one’s life,” said the school’s director Michelle Kleiss.

She added that they congratulated the school’s multi-ethnic students for getting along despite their different backgrounds, nationalities and race.

“Our school has students from 47 nationalities with 38 mother tongue languages. The event was based on the celebration of tolerance,” Kleiss said.

The school also inaugurated a mural depicting human rights painted by students on the school’s front wall.

To mark the day, the school organised an international food fair where parents prepared a wide variety of dishes from countries across the world and a dance festival with Cypriot folk dancing.

The students also participated in workshops and created their own perceptions of acceptance, tolerance and respect through art.

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