Thousands of young Greek users of the www.staellinika.com platform from around the world, as well as children of different nationalities who learn Greek, will be able to use the full version of the application with its additional content and courses to the already existing learning tools for the Greek language and culture.
In the current edition the parents, teachers and learners will yield the new learning units on Greek language and culture that are addressed to learners of different age groups. These courses include Beginners Greek for Ages 4+, Beginners Greek for Ages 6+, Beginners Greek for Ages 9+, Beginners Greek for Teens and Adults (Ages 13+), History and Greek Mythology. The mobile apps are available for iOS and Android devices (phones and tablets).
Greek Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Costas Vlasis said, “The Greek language is one of the basic elements that unite Greeks from around the world and we can make a contribution to the preservation, dissemination and promotion from www.staellinika.com.”
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The full version of the application which has been loved and embraced by Greeks everywhere, with 13,000 registered users from 110 countries since the pilot program kicked off. There are currently 13,000 subscribers from 110 countries signed onto the platform.
Mr Vlasis said that the pandemic has restricted our travel, however “young people of the Greek diaspora have the opportunity to travel for free from their home computer, mobile phone or their tablet to the wonderful world of the Greek language, Greek mythology and culture is even more valuable”.
Announcing the full version of the platform www.staellinika.com, the Secretary General for Public Diplomacy and Greeks Abroad of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ioannis Chrysoulakis, referred to the huge impact the platform has already had. “We are confident that it will continue to be enriched with new modules and applications and that it will be a reference point for other similar initiatives that will be addressed to Greeks and philhellenes around the world,” he said.
Dr Dimitris Krallis, Director of the SNF Centre for Hellenic Studies at Simon Fraser University, said “the team at the SNF New Media Lab at SFU and our partners around Greece and across the world, feel grateful for the opportunity afforded us by the generosity of the SNF, to embark upon a rewarding creative journey. With the Foundation’s assistance we were able to bring together Canadian and Greek expertise in ways that bridged continents and constituted a team, whose creativity and innovation makes Staellinika a tool ideally suited for learning in this early part of the 21st century. We are proud to be able to serve Greek communities around the world, both in conditions of social distancing, but also in what should be a brighter and more optimistic era to follow. We see Staellinika as an illustration of the creativity and generosity of a global Hellenism that works across borders in the service of both Hellenes and our friends the world over.”
The platform www.staellinika.com is used as a core tool for teaching and learning the Modern Greek language, mythology and elements of Greek culture throughout the Greek Diaspora. In May 2020, the platform was made available as a pilot in select schools of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, in collaboration with the Hellenic Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs, and the SNF Centre for Hellenic Studies at SFU.