“In this current difficult and constantly changing reality, the message of the three Hierarchs is particularly topical”, mentions SAE U.S.A. Region coordinator Theodore Spyropoulos, on occasion of the celebration of Greek Letters and the Feast of the Three Hierarchs.
Mr. Spyropoulos points out that “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.”
Subsequently, the Coordinator of SAE U.S.A. Region notes; “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.”
In conclusion, he invites all Diaspora Greeks to make “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 are working for it, Diaspora and seconded educators, priests, parents, philhellenes, and particularly pupils and students in Greek programs.”
Certificates of Attainment in Greek presented in Washington
Like every year, the Embassy of Greece in Washington, on occasion of the Feast of the Three Hierarchs and Greek Letters, honored the students who successfully passed the examinations for the Certificate of Attainment in Greek, in May 2011.
At the ceremony, held in the Embassy of Greece in Washington, Coordinator of Education, Dr. Antonios Marmarinos, presented the Certificates of Attainment in Greek to those who succeeded in the examinations. The event was attended by parents and relatives of the students, teachers and school directors, Consul Ioanna Kriebaridi and the President of “The Hellenic Society Prometheas” Eleftherios Karmiris, as well as the associates of the Education Coordinator’s Office, which is responsible for organizing the examinations in Washington and the states of Delaware, Maryland and Virginia.
In addition to the award ceremony, the event also included song performances with musical accompaniment by Spyros Koliovassilis. Also, students had the opportunity to express what Greek language means to each of them, in their own special and particularly moving way. It is worth noting that, especially older students stressed that the struggle for the conquest of Greek language walks hand-in-hand with their effort to preserve their Greek identity, which makes them proud.
Source: ANA – MPA