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Visiting ’The School of Friendship’

Banca Intesa and the Spanish Embassy were hosts to this year’s ‘The School of Friendship’ which was traditionally organized by ’Naša Srbija’ (’Our Serbia’) for the ninth consecutive year, on the Tara mountain, in the period between 15th July and 6th August. One of the school’s numerous activities was marking ’The Day of Spain’ which was held on 5th August and attended by Spanish Ambassador to Serbia, H.E. Ignacio de Palacio España, Serbian President, Boris Tadić, the chairwoman of Banca Intesa’s Executive Board, Draginja Đurić, the Chinese and Cypriot Ambassadors to Serbia, H.E. Wei Jinghua and H.E. Homer Mavrommatis respectively and the Serbian national water polo team.

Serbian President, Boris Tadić said on the occasion that he was happy with the fact that ’The School of Friendship’ had been active for almost ten years, and that each year, the school gained new friends and supporters.

“We were all thrilled with the success that our national water polo team has achieved. They are the proof that you can achieve any goals that you set your mind to just by being persistent, diligent and dedicated. Let these athletes be your role models, because some of you might become champions or state presidents one day. Not everybody can be a champion, but whatever you achieve in life, you have achieved it not only for yourself, but for your country as well” – Serbian President, Boris Tadić said.
„We recognize just how important universal values like mutual respect, fostering diversity, love and understanding are important to our youngsters. Banca Intesa is more than willing to join projects that aim at helping children who don’t live in “standard” families.

Through playing, learning and working, we are trying to convey to this children a value system that is based on good principles, since that is the only way to make sure that our society’s future and progress are in safe hands”, Banca Intesa’s President of Executive Board, Draginja Đurić said.

Celebrating ’The Day of Spain’ also marked the end of this year’s ’The School of Friendship’, that has brought together 400 children, mostly from the Serbian enclaves in Kosovo and Metohija and from the Republic of Srpska.