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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 16 January 2016
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 16 JANUARY 2016 7 NEWS Greek culture a vital part of South Australia Education minister says all students currently learning Greek will be able to continue to do so in her state THEODORA MAIOS "All students currently learning Greek will be able to continue learning Greek," according to South Australia Education and Child Development Minister Susan Close. Following the news announced last month regarding the removal of Greek as a target language from the First Language Maintenance and Development (FLMD) program from 2016 in SA public schools, Neos Kosmos received an official statement portant second language in Australia". from Dr Close regarding the matter that has raised major concerns within the Greek community in South Australia. According to the Education and Child Development Minister, "Modern Greek is in the Australian curriculum and is taught as a second language in 19 South Australian government schools”. “Around 3,800 students in South Australia learn Greek as part of the curriculum. This will not change - Greek is a very im- She says that in addition to learning Greek through the curriculum, children can also learn Greek language and culture at Greek Ethnic Schools. There are 12 Greek Ethnic Schools in South Australia and in 2015, 976 students studied in one of these schools. Support for Greek Ethnic Schools remains unchanged. On top of these offerings, Greek has been taught to children of Greek background through a school program designed to support the maintenance of the background language that children speak at home. In 2015, 647 students with Greek background participated in this program. The program is called the First Language Mainte- nance and Development Program (also known as ‘Mother Tongue’) and generally offers an hour a week, with children taken out of mainstream classes to maintain their first language. Dr Close says that as migration patterns change, other languages have a claim for this support. Generally these languages are not taught through the Australian curriculum, as Greek is, and are the first language of the children. Most of these languages do not yet have ethnic schools. From 2016 the First Language Program will support these new languages. "The First Language Program will continue to support students of Greek background for the next three years, and over that time the School of Languages will establish classes No Exceptions, No Excuses campaign - never leave kids in cars Jenny Mikakos campaigns to highlight the dangers of leaving kids in cars The Andrews Labor government and Kidsafe are working together to increase parents' and carers' awareness of the dangers of leaving children in parked cars with the No Exceptions, No Excuses campaign. Despite recent heat warnings, severe penalties and record-breaking summer temperatures, children are still being left unattended in parked cars, putting them at risk of serious heat-related injury or death. Since releasing annual figures in December, Ambulance Victoria has revealed that Victorian paramedics were called to 225 cases of children left in cars during December 2015 - up from 161 the year before. On one of the busiest days - which saw the temperature reach 37 degrees - Victorian paramedics responded to South Australia Education and Child Development Minister Susan Close. in Greek. The School of Languages gives kids an opportunity to learn a language that is not taught in their school. “Greek is a wonderful language and Greek culture is a vital part of South Australian culture. I will do everything I can to maintain and strengthen Greek in our education system," concluded Dr Close. Transterritorial Hellenism: a journey through some sites La Trobe University's Modern Greek Studies Department, in association with the Greek Centre for Contemporary Culture of the Greek Community of Melbourne, is offering an interesting summer course on Transterritorial Hellenism. The course lasts six weeks and involves six hours teaching a week, starting on 12 January and ending on 11 February. Acting Premier James Merlino today joined Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos and campaign ambassador Rebecca Judd at The Glen shopping centre in Glen Waverley to highlight the dangers of leaving kids in cars. 13 call-outs to children left in cars. Acting Premier James Merlino joined Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos and campaign ambassador Rebecca Judd at The Glen shopping centre in Glen Waverley to highlight the dangers of leaving kids in cars. This year's campaign reminds parents how easy it is to vastly underestimate the time it can take to run a quick errand or duck into a shop. Within minutes, a car's temperature can more than double. On a typical Australian summer day, the inside of a parked car can be 20 to 30 degrees hotter than outside. With a young child's body temperature rising three to five times faster than an adult's, they are at greater risk of life-threatening heatstroke, dehydration and organ damage. In extreme circumstances, children have had to be rescued by fire officers as well as treated by Ambulance Victoria paramedics. There is no safe period of time to leave a child alone in a car. The campaign includes radio and online advertising as well as billboards around shopping centres and social media messages. Local community events at shopping centres, posters in early childhood services like kindergartens, early childhood centres, GPs and hospitals and maternal and child health nurses will also help spread the message. In Victoria, it is against the law to leave children unattended in a car. Parents or carers could face fines of nearly $3,700 or up to six months' jail, or both. In this subject students explore issues in the modern construction of ethno-national, civic, multiple and other identities. The evolution of the concept of ‘Hellenism’ and the diversity of its manifestations in various parts of the modern world will be examined by way of an imaginary journey through the cities of Istanbul, Izmir, Thessaloniki, London, Nicosia, New York, and Melbourne. The course will also explore the life of Greeks as Ottoman subjects, students and scholars, victims of genocide, political exiles, guest workers, Europeans, and citizens of multicultural states, as well as the impact of the Greek Orthodox Church, Greek irredentism, political conflict and modernisation on Greek identity. Competing visions of Hellenism that developed in these cities will be juxtaposed to the realities of Greece today. * See What’s On on pg 18 for full course details. GCM general secretary Mr Costas Markos with the coordinator of the LaTrobe University Program, Mr Dimitris Gonis.
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