Modern Greek in Australian Schools Curriculum

A Federal Member for Calwell, Maria Vamvakinou and for Hindmarsh, Steve Georganas welcomed the decision of the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority’s (ACARA) to include Modern Greek in the National School Curriculum as a Second Language instead of being taught only to those students who already have an understanding of the language.

Vamvakinou noted that the decision was a significant milestone for Philhellenes and Australians of Greek background, who in June 2010 launched a pan-Australian campaign to put Modern Greek into the schools as an elective language course.

“The Labor Government’s historic decision to include Modern Greek and other languages is as testimony and endorsement of the success of Australia’s unique brand of multiculturalism” said Vamvakinou, according to Greek Community Tribune Australia.

Vamvakinou and Georganas congratulated all the schools, universities, communities, individuals and the Greek media for their efforts and determination and underlined that this decision proves the strong basis of the Greek language, with some 250,000 Australians stating in the 2006 Census that they spoke Greek at home.