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

February 27, 2016

Hon John Pandazopoulos

Former Victorian Minister for Tourism & Major Events and the Chair of Phillip Island Regional Tourism Board, John Pandazopoulos, supporting the Speak Greek In March Campaign.
February 28, 2016

Australian Ambassador (2016)

It is with great pleasure that I am taking part in the Speak Greek in March campaign from the country where everyone speaks Greek! Having reached […]
March 10, 2016

Australian Embassy Support

March 18, 2016

George Calombaris

April 2, 2016

Do you Speak Greek ?

This video was produced by VOULA – MELBOURNE Building Bridges across Continents Electronic School Twinning ”Building Bridges across Continents”
February 28, 2019

2019 Campaign

Welcome to Speak Greek in March our campaign for 2019 is starting once again! Metropolis is our new application for this season try it ! Καλωσήρθατε […]
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