AHC

Hellenic Education in Australia

Part of the Australian Hellenic Council’s remit is to promote better knowledge and understanding of Hellenic culture and civilization in Australia.

An important aspect of this is the work that the AHC does on behalf of its members to advocate for the teaching of the Hellenic language and history in Australian schools and universities.

Hellenic Language in the new National Curriculum for Australian Schools

 

In early 2008, not long after the election of the Rudd Labor government, the Deputy Prime Minister and Federal Minister for Education, the Hon Julia Gillard MP, announced the establishment of Australia’s first national curriculum, due to come into effect in January 2011. The curriculum will cover all Australian students from kindergarten to Year 12.

A draft of the national curriculum is available on the website of the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority >>.

The Australian Hellenic Council shares the Government’s concern that only 13% of Australian students study a foreign language in their final year of secondary school. The Australian Hellenic Council believes that the study of at least one foreign language should be compulsory for all Australian students from kindergarten to Year 12, and that Modern Greek should be one of the languages offered as part of the national curriculum, along with other modern European and Asian languages.

The Australian Hellenic Council has made representations to the Deputy Prime Minister on this subject (both in person and in writing) and has developed this form letter for anyone in the community who would like to support the AHC’s position to send to Ms Gillard.

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Australians and Hellenes – The teaching of a shared history in the new National Curriculum

The Australian Hellenic Council also believes that there are important aspects of history shared by Australians and Greeks which should be included as part of a national history curriculum. One example is the Battle of Crete ( Μάχη της Κρήτης ) , in which Greek and Allied soldiers, including a large contingent of Australians, fought together to defend the island against an airborne invasion by the Nazis. The battle was noteworthy for the courageous resistance put up by the civilian population on the island, many of whom lost their lives assisting the Allies. Other examples of historical events that bind Australians and Greeks and which could be considered for inclusion in the national curriculum are provided in this presentation from the AHC’s 2009 AGM -

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For information on institutions and organizations that teach the Hellenic language, history and culture in Australia, see our Hellenic Education page.