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Greek to be an option at South African schools September 29, 2006

Posted by grhomeboy in Hellenic Light Africa, Learn To Speak Greek.

Greek will be introduced as an optional matric subject in South Africa from next year.

This is according to the Greek Ambassador in South Africa, Aristidis Sandis, who was on his first official visit to Durban. Sandis had discussions with the Premier of KwaZulu-Natal, S’bu Ndebele, and the Mayor of Durban, Obed Mlaba, as well as attending several other functions. 

Sandis said the Greek community in South Africa, and especially personnel at the Saheti School in Johannesburg, had worked hard to get the language on the matric subject list.

“We are all thrilled that the Department of Education has agreed to it. Greek will be offered as an optional matric subject from 2007 with the first matric examination being written in 2009. There are about 40 teachers throughout South Africa who are qualified to teach Greek at matric level. If that is not sufficient we will investigate bringing in more tutors from Greece.”

There are about 60 000 people of Greek extraction living in South Africa.

Sandis, who was the Greek Consul in Cape Town about 20 years ago and took up his present post last year after a stint as ambassador in Austria, who said South Africa and Greece enjoyed “warm relations”.

Hellenic Aid in Greece was funding a R6 million development programme in South Africa to assist in the fight against Aids and to provide training in a variety of fields. Sandis encouraged South African authorities to have faith in their capabilities to produce an outstanding soccer World Cup tournament in 2010. “They must stick to their plans and work hard, just like Greece did with the last Olympics, and show the world what they are capable of.”  

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