A few words
about us and our goals

 

This initiative started in 2015 by individuals and representatives of literary and cultural organisations within the Greek community. The organising Committee’s policy is to encourage the various stakeholders to initiate, develop and implement activities appropriate to their own fields of endeavour, which promote the Greek language. For example, schools which teach Greek may organise during March (but also throughout the year) competitions, celebrations, debates lectures and special projects related to the Greek language. “We believe that learning another language enhances one’s competence in his/her primary language. As language and culture are interrelated, retaining our mother tongue will strengthen our ability to maintain our cultural identity in multicultural Australia. It will also benefit Australia, as multilingualism in our globalised world is acknowledged to have cultural, educational and trade advantages” Mr Mike Zafiropoulos AM, the convener of the SGM Committee said.

 

What we Do

Our approach to the campaign is to stimulate interest amongst the community, the school system and government to give greater priority to the teaching, learning and speaking of the Greek language. The Committee’s policy is to encourage the various stakeholders to initiate, develop and implement activities, appropriate to their own fields of endeavour. For instance, schools that teach Greek may organise competitions, celebrations, debates, lectures and special projects related to the Greek language. They may also engage during March with parents to seek feedback and ideas with the aim of improving the effectiveness of the school’s approach.


 

Why we Do it


We believe that learning another language enhances one’s competence in his/her primary language. As language and culture are interrelated, retaining our mother tongue will strengthen our ability to maintain our cultural identity. The retention of our language in the Diaspora needs constant support, or otherwise it will eventually succumb to the pressures of globalisation and the tendency in some cases to assimilate to the dominant culture. There are many reasons for this, including the prevalence of inter-marriage and the preference and ease for one to speak the language of his/her birthplace. Furthermore, our school system that supports Greek as a second language, needs new ideas and modern marketing tools in order to make the learning of Greek attractive to our youth.

 

Where


While the campaign originated in Melbourne, it quickly spread to other parts of Australia and overseas. The aspiration of the organising Committee is that the campaign is embraced by the Hellenic Diaspora, but also by other minority communities in Australia.

 

When


The month of March was chosen for the campaign for a number of reasons, including the fact that this month incorporates a plethora of cultural activities in the Greek community, is at the beginning of the school year and includes the celebration of the Greek National Day. Of course, choosing one month only is a marketing technique because the objective of the campaign is to encourage and promote the speaking and learning of Greek throughout the year

January 1, 2014

Founding Committee

The “Speak Greek in March” initiative was conceived in Melbourne Australia in 2014 by Mike Zafiropoulos AM, JP in his efforts to encourage (grand)parents to play […]
February 21, 2014

Consul General’s Speech (2014)

The file is in Greek only. SGM-Consul-General
March 1, 2014

Gough Whitlam

One of the most noteworthy Phil-Hellenes was a great humanist, the precursor of multiculturalism in Australia and one of the most influential political figures in the […]
March 1, 2015

“We speak Greek in March”

The Speak Greek in March (SGM) campaign was conceived in order to stimulate the Greek community, the school system and government to give greater priority to […]
March 2, 2015

Initial Campaign Strategies

Strategy 1 Convene a group of representatives of organisations within the Greek community with an interest in the objects of the campaign, to be responsible for developing an […]
March 8, 2015

Steve Dimopoulos MP

I would like to raise a matter with the Minister for Multicultural Affairs. I seek that the Minister meet with Mike Zafiropoulos – former General Manager […]
April 1, 2015

Speak Greek next March | Neos Kosmos

Following the success of this year’s inaugural Speak Greek in March (SGM) campaign, the initiative encouraging use of the Greek language at home is set to […]
February 10, 2016

Speaking Greek the key to preserving Cultural Identity | Philip Dalidakis MP

Minister for Multicultural Affairs Robin Scott today announced the Andrews Labor Government will provide $20,000 towards the Speak Greek in March campaign. Now in its second […]
February 22, 2016

Greek Ambassador in Australia (2016)

Canberra 22 Feb 2016 Ambassador Letter   (Greek only)  
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