The Victorian Premier, John Brumby (foto) has expressed his wholehearted support for the inclusion of the Greek language in the national curriculum currently being developed by the Australian Curriculum and Reporting Authority (ACARA).
The statement came on Wednesday night during the reception organised by the Victorian government at the National Gallery of Victoria attended by more than 400 people to commemorate the 189th anniversary of the Greek War of Independence.
“It is therefore my view that because of the large population and long history of the Greek community in Victoria – that the Greek language must be included as one of the eight languages of national importance,” Mr Brumby said.
The Victorian Premier noted that the indication is that there will be eight languages of national importance to be included as part of the national curriculum. “I am aware that the Greek community has commenced a major campaign to have Greek named as one of the eight languages of national importance,” he said pointing out to representations he received from the Greek community as well as from discussions with Victorian MPs Jenny Mikakos and John Pandazopoulos.
“The reality is that Melbourne has the third largest Greek population in the world – after Athens and Thessaloniki.Greek remains one of the most commonly taught languages in Victorian Government schools and is one of four languages with the highest enrolment numbers in the Victorian School of Languages,” Mr Brumby explained while making the case for the inclusion of the Greek language in the national curriculum.
Mr Brumby also talked about the importance and contribution of the Greek community in Victoria and the values that they brought with them.
(source: neos kosmos)
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