Summer holidays are here and as a farewell, the teachers and pupils of the 4th Primary School of Kalampaka prepared a wonderful event to honor Meteora’s rarest resident: the Egyptian vulture!
The third and the fourth grade (that had implemented the Hellenic Ornithological Society’s Environmental Education Programme for the Egyptian vulture) dedicated their performance to this threatened vulture, making a journey back in time, to the period when the Egyptian vulture, the “Ikarus of our hearts” as they call him, left Egypt to nest on the rocks of Meteora. It crossed the Mediterranean sea, travelling for thousands of kilometers only to find poachers, poison baits and many other threats, but fortunately, also people that fight for its protection.
Everybody was there: the ancient Egyptians, the Pharaoh that made the laws for its protection, the Spring with its flowers and swallows, the three remaining Egyptian vulture pairs of Meteora along with their chicks, Kuki – the special trained dog for the detection of poison baits, the Hellenic Ornithological Society and many more!
Everybody´s role was related to the life of the Egyptian Vulture; Natasha Papachristos (third grade teacher) and Hercules Malakasiotis (fourth grade teacher) wrote the wonderful script and directed the theatrical play that was performed by the pupils.
We set our next appointment for the next school year, as we wait for the iconic bird of the rocks of Meteora to return home again!
Below are some of the verses of the pupils’ play:
"Why, oh why you reckless people, use poisoned baits?
What do you want to achieve?
Don’t you know that we are all connected through the same chain?
If one the links gets poisoned,
the poison will soon reach the next
and the one next to it
only to end
where it all started from!
That means you, you mindless man!”