“A Contract of Honor for Education”
These days the Greek – American Community honors the memory of the Three Hierarchs through quality events. Our participation in the events does not solely constitute a tribute to the memory of Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian, and John Chrysostom. It is a token of appreciation to the invaluable gift of Greek Education that we inherited as a nation.
The country that hosts us and supports cultural diversity allowed us, ever since the time of the first Greek immigrants, to not only build our own schools, but also promotes Greek Education and Language through state funded programs in schools and universities.
In this current difficult and constantly changing reality, the message of the three Hierarchs is particularly topical. Humanity and Hellenism are in need of the wisdom, ideas and values of Greek education to become a guide in overcoming the social “impasses” and acute problems we are facing. Greek education is one that offers humanitarian models and fosters ethos, conveying the basic principles and ideas for peaceful coexistence, respect to man and nature, human dignity and solidarity.
If we really wish to honor the work and contribution of the Three Hierarchs, typical celebrations will not suffice. What is most importantly required is to follow their attitude in life. Let us therefore consider the responsibility we collectively bear as the Diaspora and each of us individually, for a conscious repossession and dissemination of Greek education and the eternal values it encompasses.
Let us make an informal contract of honor for education, acknowledging the need for collective mobilization, a common objective and cooperation. Let Greek and Greek-speaking Education become the field that joins us!
With these thoughts we acknowledge and thank all benefactors of Greek Education, those who serve it, Diaspora and seconded educators, priests, parents, philhellenes, and particularly pupils and students in Greek programs.
Theodore G. Spyropoulos