Speak Greek in March presents two new initiatives

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram 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 hosts 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,” says Mr Mike 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 year old, aiming not only to entertain, but also to give children the opportunity to learn things about Greek language,” Mr Zafiropoulos explains, stressing that 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 development 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. “I approached him to do an application in Greek and what we do is adapt one of his previous applications to Greek, and to what we wanted its content to be,” Mr Zafiropoulos says.The app will be free to dowonload, while everyone working on it is offering their services pro bono. “We are all volunteers in this campaign,” Mr Zafiropoulos 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.”last_img read more

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Senate to probe Tolentinos novel legal theories

first_imgSenate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreements Angara: Investigate DOH’s ‘constipated’ medicine distribution system The tourism department has already asked the US Agency for International Development (USAid) to conduct a resurvey in Cebu and Bohol after Yolanda brought in new issues of concern in the industry.MORE STORIESnewsinfoFake cop accosts real cops, is arrested in PaterosnewsinfoAngara: Investigate DOH’s ‘constipated’ medicine distribution systemnewsinfoQuake disturbs Itbayat, Batanes anewMORE STORIESnewsinfoFake cop accosts real cops, is arrested in PaterosnewsinfoAngara: Investigate DOH’s ‘constipated’ medicine distribution systemnewsinfoQuake disturbs Itbayat, Batanes anew“We have asked them (USAid) to help map out a plan of recovery for Cebu and Bohol. They are re-surveying now because of Yolanda. In Bohol, the problem on power is critical and in Cebu, Malapascua and Bantayan were badly hit by Yolanda,” she said.Other international organizations that have already committed to help the Philippine tourism industry include the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Pacific Asia Travel Association (Pata) and the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC).Montecillo said that these organizations have committed to help encourage the different tourism players around the world to still come to the country especially to Cebu and Bohol.“They’re going to help us promote our destinations. They are calling on all their member organizations to visit the Philippines now more than ever because this is the time we need them most.”ADVERTISEMENT SMC bags Bulacan airport project Montecillo said she is expecting a slight drop in the tourism turnout in Central Visayas in the fourth quarter compared to the same period last year because of the two recent major calamities that hit these areas.Traditionally, the fourth quarter is a peak season for the tourism industry in the region, however, the two recent major calamities have created a “cloud of apprehension” from the global tourism market, she said.FEATURED STORIESNEWSINFOSenate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreementsNEWSINFOLocsin wants to drop ‘visas upon arrival’ privilegeNEWSINFOPalace open to make Dengvaxia usable again as dengue cases spikeSTARTING OVER“Since the earthquake in October, some foreign tourist markets or even domestic travellers were already thinking twice about coming here. We did our part to revive tourism especially in Bohol by quickly coming out with alternative routes for tourists. Traffic seemed to revive until Yolanda came and we had to start over again,” said Montecillo. Fake cop accosts real cops, is arrested in Pateros Tolentino: No more debate with Drilon on China deal PCSO to focus on improving transparency of gaming activities PLAY LIST 03:26PCSO to focus on improving transparency of gaming activities01:39Sotto open to discuss, listen to pros and cons of divorce bill06:02Senate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreements01:50Palace open to make Dengvaxia usable again as dengue cases spike01:49House seeks probe on ‘massive corruption’ in PCSO01:37PCSO estimates P250M in Lotto revenue loss due to suspension The tourism department is seeking the help of international organizations to help Cebu and Bohol recover from the aftermath of the 7.2-magnitude earthquake in October and supertyphoon Yolanda in November.These are challenging times and we will need the help of international tourism communities to make people aware that there is still tourism in the region, said Tourism regional director Rowena Montecillo yesterday.ADVERTISEMENT Quake disturbs Itbayat, Batanes anew Montecillo said that most of the international tourists think that the entire country has been devastated by Yolanda because of the news and videos they see over the internet and from international news broadcasts.“It is important that they will know it’s not the entire Cebu, Bohol or the country that was devastated. I’m glad that these organizations gave their support.”UNWTO, the leading international organization in the field of tourism which is the United Nations’ agency responsible for the promotion of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism, wrote in their website that they are ready to support the Philippines in any tourism-related recovery program for the affected areas.“Pata on the other hand has been in contact with local and national tourism officials in the Philippines to offer moral support and practical help. It has set up an online appeal to raise funds for the Philippines and earmarked US$10,000 (subject to normal approval) for the Philippine disaster relief fund,” said a DOT statement.Pata has also briefed the Asian Wall Street Journal on the need to maintain business confidence in the Philippine tourism sector and its essential role in economic development.Read Next LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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