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Deputy Minister of Education Gennimata Pens Letter to Federal Minister of Education Concerning Greek

A letter for closer cooperation on educational matters was sent by the Deputy Minister of Education to the Australian Federal Minister of Education Peter Garett.  The letter was within the framework of the promoted policy of the Ministry of Education for the support of Greek language. As it is stated in a relevant announcement made by the Ministry of Education, Ms. Gennimata expressed interest for: “the support of Greek language in Australia and its selection and integration among the 11 formal languages to be included in the National Educational Curriculum, currently under formation, which is also a request of the Greek community towards the Australian Authority for the ACARA program”.
Ms. Gennimata acknowledged the ongoing campaign by Greeks and Australians for the inclusion of Greek in the national curriculum.  The campaign received over 30,000 signatures.
The Deputy Minister also requested the Australian Minister’s support on this issue.  The Minister highlighted the substantial and ongoing support of Greece towards Greek language bodies and infrastructures, through the allocation of funds, detached teaching staff, the development of teaching materials, teacher training programs and student exchange programs.
Greek is one of the five spoken leading languages, apart from English.  More than 350,000 Australians are Greek in origin.

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