The Staellinika initiative seeks to engage young people in the Greek diaspora in learning about Greek language and culture through story-driven and game-based courses.
Staellinika is a collaborative effort of the SNF Center for Hellenic Studies at Simon Fraser University (SFU) and the General Secretariat for Greeks Abroad at the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
A suite of clever apps for preschoolers, elementary students, and young adults, meant to be used either at home or as part of a school curriculum, form the basis of the initiative. These were developed through Rebooting the Greek Language, a project of the SNF Centre for Hellenic Studies and the SNF New Media Lab at SFU, with support from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF).
“The Greek language is a gateway to modern Greek culture—yes to the works of Cavafy and Kazantzakis, but also to a thriving global community and its rich traditions,” said SNF Co-President Andreas Dracopoulos. “At this moment when the pandemic has narrowed our horizons in so many ways, SNF is proud to have helped support tools for young people to reconnect with their heritage by discovering something new, the joy of learning Greek.”
“With the SNF’s assistance we were able to bring together Canadian and Greek expertise in ways that bridged continents and constituted a team,” said Director of the SNF Centre for Hellenic Studies Dimitris Krallis, “whose creativity and innovation makes Staellinika a tool ideally suited for learning in this early part of the 21st century.”