The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Centre for Hellenic Studies at Simon Fraser University in the Canadian city of Vancouver, in collaboration with the Greek government, announced that Staellinika will be compatible for native Spanish and Portuguese speakers.
Collaborating with the Canadian university is Greece’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, along with support from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF).
This follows from an announcement last week by Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis that the funding will be provided so that diaspora communities in South and Central America can learn their ancestral language.
Staellinika, an online platform and app developed by the SNF New Media Lab at the SNF Centre for Hellenic Studies, allows the diaspora, from preschool-aged children to young adults, to reconnect with their ancestral language and culture.
SNF Centre Director, Dimitris Krallis, noted that:
These plans align with our Centre’s goal to reach the furthest corners of the Greek diaspora as we promote Greek language and culture abroad.
The ability to share our technology with Greek descendants living in Central and South America is a really exciting opportunity for us.
To date, Staellinika has over 30,000 registered web and app users around the world.