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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 9 February 2019
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 9 FEBRUARY 2019 21 INTERNATIONAL GREEK LANGUAGE DAY Speak Greek in March presents two new initiatives Mike Zafiropoulos AM speaks about the past, present and future of the campaign he launched to facilitate Greek language learning NIKOS FOTAKIS Five years ago, the Greek Australian community welcomed a new initiative, the campaign 'Μιλάμε Ελληνικά τον Μάρτιο... και όχι μόνο' and now that the Greek diaspora is called to celebrate the International Day for Greek Language, the campaign could not be absent from the celebration. On Saturday 9 February, 6pm, the campaign is hosting an event at the Greek Centre (168 Lonsdale Street), launching two new initiatives. During the event, Dr Georgia Nikolaidou from the Greek Consulate will deliver the official address, and two students of Greek, Anna Alexopoulou and Niki Tzempetzi will be awarded with a scholarship, which covers their 2019 tuition fees. "We would like this to be an annnual scolarship, offered to many more students and particularly those who can't afford Greek school," saidMike Zafiropoulos AM, who conceived the campaign. The second initiative of the 'Speak Greek in March' campaign will be the launch of a new application for smart phones and other devices, called Metropolis. "It is a game, for children between 6 and 12 years old, aiming not only to entertain, but also to give children the opportunity to learn things about the Greek language," Mr Zafiropoulos said, stressing that A new app created for the ‘Speak Greek in March’ campaign. the app is addressed to children not only from Australia, but from the whole of the Greek diaspora. "Usually, when we see children toying around with phones, we think badly of them, but now we will say: good on them!" The app is still under de- velopment and will continue to be updated after Saturday's launch. It is developed by one of the Greek Australian community's brightest minds, 18-year-old Fotios Tsouklas, who excels in technology and start up enterpreneurship since his early teens. Mr Zafiropoulos approached him to create an app in Greek by adapting one of his previous apps. The app will be free to download, while everyone working on it is offering their services pro bono. "We are all volunteers in this campaign," Mr Zafi- ropoulos says, "simply because we believe in this cause, to facilitate Greek language learning." Satisfied with the response the campaign has been met for the past five years, Mr Zafiropoulos describes it as a "marketing ploy" aiming to start a discussion about Greek learning, trying to motivate schools and organisations. He offers one example of his own experience, as a member of the Frontida aged care board, when it was decided that the meeting should be held in Greek, in alignment with the campaign. "While a board meeting requires using specific terminology, we managed to speak Greek," he remembers. Still, despite positive reactions, there is much room for improvement. "This kind of campaigns can stir enthusiasm, but they are not effective, unless the organisations that have to do with language take over and keep on," he admits. "We need better coordination, planning, cooperation between institutions." One solution would be to create a Greek language foundation in Australia, responsible for the coordination of the campaign, with the participation of all stakeholders involved. "We all have a responsibility, particularly the teachers, those who care about Greek language and about the preservation of our culture in Australia." Terens Quick sends message to the Diaspora, on the occasion of International day of Greek language Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Terens Quick sent a message to the Greek diaspora, on the occasion of the second celebration of International Greek language day. In his message, Mr Quick acknowledged the "innovative idea that was incepted by the Federation of Greek Communities and Brotherhoods of Italy" and made a special reference to the Greek Communities in Australia, which were "among the first to embrace this idea with their own initiatives, urging others to follow." The idea for an International Greek Language Day had been pushed through the General Secretariat for Greeks Abroad with the cooperation of several Greek Diplomatic Missions, as well as Greek Associations and Communities. The idea gained the support of the Ecumenical Patriarchate Greek Orthodox and Archdioceses around the world, along with other cultural institutions and the Greek government, resulting to UNESCO moving last year to designate 9 February - the birthday of Greece's national poet, Dionysios Solomos, as International Greek Language Day. "Today the Greek diaspora is joining us in joy, to celebrate throughout the world this day dedicated to our language, which is our own way to Initiatives for education CENSUS PROJECT FOR MODERN GREEK LITERATURE The Census project is a vast and useful bibliography of English translations of literary works in Modern Greek. It documents translations and studies published in any country, and includes material on Greek-language literary works published in Australia. Professor Dia Philippides of Boston University and a team of collaborators are now preparing a second, expanded edition, accessible online as well as in hard copy. Indexing aims to render the bibliographic collec- tion (now in MS Word files) into a machine-readable format that is searchable, extensible and accessible online as an open-access project (PDF and database). An important new feature of the census is that it fully indexes the contents of large collective volumes such as anthologies, facilitating detailed searches. The bibliographic collection is of use to students, faculty, translators, publishers, libraries, scholars and general readers everywhere in the English-speaking world who are interested in Modern Geek literature. Published writers who want their work known to interested readers anywhere in the English-speaking world are urged to get in touch with email@example.com Visit http://censusofmoderngreekliterature.org. EDUCATION FOR PALLIATIVE CARE Pronia has commenced it's three-year Greek community education program "Mazi" (Together).The programme aims to inform the Greek community about palliative care, especially carers of people that are living with a life-limiting illness. Topics discussed during the seminars are tailored to the needs and interests of Greek community members, and will be based on Greek cultural practices. Understanding the difficulties faced by carers, the programme hopes to improve their quality of life as well as the quality of life of those living with a lifethreatening illness. Pronia is now recruiting carers for the peer support groups which are commencing this month. To register, contact Pronia's Community Educators, Anton Anagnostou (Thursdays and Fridays) or Adonis Maglis (Monday) at 9388 9998, 9am – 4pm GREEK BUSINESSWOMAN FUNDS CAMBRIDGE PROGRAMME The University of Cambridge announced its new science and technology research programme to fund PhD students and early-career researchers working on meeting future energy and computational needs. It is made possible thanks to a donation by prominent businesswoman Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki, who is known for her work in parliament and was 2004 Athens Olympic President. The project will drive research over the coming decades with work on everything from the development of ultra-efficient batteries and nanotechnology to superconductivity and biologically-inspired systems. The programme will be especially beneficial for Greece, as it will actively seek to create links with Greek academic institutions and industry, thus facilitating two-way exchange through joint activities and network-building. perceive not only life itself, but also participation to our common being as ecumenical citizens," Mr Quick said. "The International Greek Language day will be one of the staples of the universal human community, a perpetual reminder that the Greek language always leads to the Greek texts, which offer testament of the Greek way of dialogue and coexistence, that is Reason, which gave birth to the universal values that still give meaning to the modern civilised world, the world of freedom and respect of human rights. "Let us not forget that the two pillars of the Western civilisation, the notions of 'dialogue' and 'democracy' are Greek."
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