Mitsotakis holds teleconference with Greek-Australian children learning Greek with ‘Sta Ellinika’

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Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis participated in a video conference with Greek children all over the world, including children of Greek heritage in Australia.

The conference sealed the success of the digital learning platform ‘staellinika.com‘, which proved a valuable tool for learning the Greek language, mythology and culture.

Mitsotakis spoke with students and teachers from 16 schools located in every corner of the world: From Buenos Aires or Argentina to Los Angeles, USA and Vancouver, Canada, and from Europe and Balkans to Kinshasa in Congo and Australia.

StaEllinika, which is an initiative of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Center for Hellenic Studies at Simon Fraser University, is a collaboration with the General Secretariat for Greeks Abroad at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, also supported by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF).

“Some people that attend this video conference may remember my visit to Simon Fraser University, it must have been eight years ago, if I remember correctly, that I had visited the headquarters and (there was then there) a great man – unfortunately he is not here with us today – who also put his own stamp on the running of this project,” Mitsotakis said.

“It is very important for me, Your Excellency, to be able to have a tool for learning the Greek language, which uses the internet, possesses a digital infrastructure, is easy to use, but also exploits the richness of Greek history and mythology to make the learning of Greek language exciting and enjoyable.”

Prime Minister Mitsotakis invited all the children who participated in the teleconference to visit Greece for two weeks in the summer of 2021, to give them an immersive experience into Greek language and culture.

“Today we have many more possibilities through technology to be able to make this contact with the Greek language more accessible for children all over the world, whether they are in America or in Kinshasa in Africa or in Australia, whether they are in Asia or whether they are children who have Greek roots or children who do not have Greek roots but are interested in learning the Greek language, to be able to take their first steps and become acquainted with the beauty and richness of our language,” Mitsotakis added.

Having begun our own #KeepItGreek campaign, The Greek Herald encouraged all our readers to download the app to ensure our Greek language and culture is maintained during this uncertain time.

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