Learning Greek

The Greek diaspora or “Omogeneia” refers to the communities of Greek people living outside of Greece and Cyprus. It is the core of preservation of a distinctive identity in the host country and a strong, continuing ethnic group consciousness.

In the English county of Devon, the “Greek Orthodox Church and Community of Saints Dimitrios and Nikitas” has this significant role. It is established by immigrants due to World War II, the Turkish invasion and occupation of Cyprus and the recent Greek economic crisis and consists of the church and the Greek school of just one classroom, underneath it.

Throughout the decades, the teaching of history, language, traditions and religion have served as a means of disseminating and strengthening the values of Greek national heritage to younger generations.

The acknowledgment of their parents’ and ancestors’ cultural roots maintain the personal and collective memory of the homeland and keep them close to Hellenism and the Greek Orthodox faith.

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