The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Center for Hellenic Studies at Simon Fraser University (SFU), in collaboration with the General Secretariat for Greeks Abroad (GGAE) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and supported by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) have launched a new online platform to enhance learning of the Greek language, mythology and culture.
The initiative, known as StaEllinika was developed after two years of intensive research and creative work by the SNF in Vancouver, Canada and aimed at encouraging young Greek expatriates in particular to be acquainted with their culture.
The platform, which can be accessed free of charge by children and families in the diaspora has already been rolled out in a beta version with daily updates. The full version to be ready by September 2020.
StaEllinika will afford quality distance learning opportunities to young children of Greek descent to improve their knowledge about their roots and heritage.
The new suite of apps, according to its website were created by “a diverse team of Greek technology, education and media specialists working in from distributed environment in both Greece, Canada and the United States.”
The app can be accessed on StaEllinika’s program website, and also iOS versions can be downloaded from the Apple Store. Android versions are planned to be released in 2021.
With the assistance of the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the General Secretariat for Greeks Abroad (GGAE), the initiative is expected to have a wide audience reach as much as possible to include all Greek communities worldwide.
By: Theresa R. Fianko