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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 04 November 2017
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 4 NOVEMBER 2017 23 GREECE behaviour and human needs must include social considerations. He also investigated the merits of various kinds of political systems, describing their different virtues and vices. His classification system of monarchies, oligarchies, tyrannies, democracies, and republics is still used today. It is evident from all this that the miracle of Athens literally ran through the backbone of European philosophy and to this day influences the world. Nevertheless, these are not the only contributions that Greeks offered humanity. According to Professor Tsianikas, the second miracle of Athens, which to this day cannot be fully comprehended or explained by historians or researchers, is reflected in science and art which also made their appearance in ancient times. "Ancient Greeks took their entertainment very seriously and created theatre and arts, an intriguing, mystical path which guided them into discovering what it really meant to be human and live in organised societies," explains Tsianikas. School of Athens Plato and to speak more specifically by questioning and looking at things from an objective standpoint and it is no coincidence that both spring up after the long period of the Middle Ages and his ideas are the first great lights of regeneration pouring in throughout Europe. Aristotle also explored the nature of ethical conduct, arguing that an ethical life involves achieving happiness and that happiness is best achieved through rational thought and contemplation. With regards to politics, Aristotle argued that humans are, by nature, political animals. This means that humans are also social animals and that any understanding of human "The three genres of drama were comedy, satyr plays, and the most important of all, tragedy. Ancient Greeks gave to the rest of the world the opportunity to explore and create more art which flourished and flooded Europe, giving people the opportunity to indulge into what Aristotle once described as a soul cleansing experience, which he aptly named Catharsis. "This proves once again the significant contribution the Ancient Greeks have made and raises questions such as: ‘Where would English theatre and Shakespeare be in the absence of Greek drama?’. "We must always stop, reflect and appreciate the immense amount of work our ancestors bestowed upon us so that everyone today can express themselves freely and realise that the contribution of Greece to Western philosophy, is Western philosophy itself. "It is our duty as Greeks to acknowledge and promote our ancestors, accomplishments that shaped the world we live in today and remember to bow to the legacy they have left behind for the whole world to enjoy," concludes Tsianikas. GOCMV president visits the Hellenic American Educational Foundation in Athens Bill Papastergiadis, president of the Greek Community of Melbourne, and Georgia Charpantidou who is responsible for the Historical Archives of the Greek Community of Melbourne, visited Psychico College in Athens on Tuesday 10 October. The visit took place as a result of the collaboration between HAEF (Psychico College) and the Greek Community of Melbourne's Language and Culture Schools and the commencement of the Melbourne - Athens: A Journey of Friendship educational program. The program, which has been nominated for Victoria's Multicultural Awards for Excellence 2017, was designed and implemented as part of an inititive of sociologist and Psychico College teacher Maria-Filio Tridimas. It will be offered in the new academic year with the latest communication technologies. Obliterating the distance between Melbourne and Athens, the Journey of Friendship foresaw the mentorship role for for year 10 Psychico College students, so as to improve their year nine peers, the students of the Greek Community schools of Melbourne's Language and Culture Schools. At the same time, the program provided the opportunity for Psyhico students to become acquainted with the culture of Australia, in particular the way of life and living conditions and achievements of Greeks in Melbourne through their communication with their second or third generation peers in Australia. Mr Papastergiadis and Ms Charpantidou met with college president Richard Jackson and the head of the Scholarship Trust Fund Dimitris Karamanos, alonside Apostolos Athanasopoulos, the coordinator the Psychico College schools and the director of Psychico College High School Alexandra Papazoglou. Dimitris Tsigkros, the director of the HAEF Libraries and the official who is responsible for the development and supervision of HAEF Schools' e-learning program, was also present. Following the meeting, the GOCMV officials were given a tour of the College's premises and visited the Choremi Auditorium where Mr Papastergiadis met and spoke with students who will participate in the program, and and the club's teacher-advisor Ioanna Tsiligianni. The GOCMV president was impressed by the high standard at HAEF and stressed the importance of the program for our respective student communities as well as for our school's overall relationship with Hellenism in Melbourne. "What impressed me even more were the school facilities. We are used to schools in Melbourne having state-of-the-art facilities but it seemed to me that this school rivalled, if not exceeded, those of our best private schools. "The school has an outward-looking focus. It is open to the world and in exploring opportunities globally for its students. Its subject offerings are first class," he continued. "Equally, the school assists many students with tuition fees in the difficult economic times that Greece is encountering. I see that it takes a very responsible approach. “In terms of school grounds, i must say that I have never seen such a beautiful campus. It is aesthetically pleasing, it is well set out and has amazing views. The students here sare hosted in the best possible environment." Mr Papastergiadis also had the opportunity to address all the students who participated as mentors in the program between the GCM schools and the college. He explained the importance of student engagement with peers around the world and the significance of this interaction in terms of further developing empathy and selfesteem. "It is is a great honour for GCM to collaborate with Psychico College, via the contribution and input of Ms Tridimas," he said, proudly adding that "this year the number of students participating in the program has doubled."
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