In the joint statement at a conference aimed at “Strengthening European cooperation on Latin and ancient Greek”, the four ministers declared that Latin and ancient Greek constitute “a living heritage which is the common cornerstone of the European and Mediterranean culture and the dynamic force of languages ”.
The joint declaration is the result of a conference on Europe and ancient languages, in which the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports and Youth, Prodromos Prodromos, participated in Paris on Tuesday. Besides Prodromou, the joint declaration was co-signed by the Minister of National Education of France, Jean-Michel Blanquer, the Minister of Education and Religious Affairs of Greece, Niki Kerameus, and the Minister of Public Education in Italy, Patricio Bianchi. The conference was also hosted by the Vice-President of the European Commission, Margaritis Schinas.
In their joint declaration, the ministers decided to strengthen cooperation in the Latin and ancient Greek languages, encouraging and developing bilateral and multilateral cooperation as well as student and teacher exchanges in order to create a global dynamic around new joint projects, which will be open to all citizens and to all forms of education.
The conference brought together academics, researchers, school inspectors and teachers from France, Greece, Italy and Cyprus with the sole aim of creating an educational alliance for the teaching of ancient languages, linking France, Greece, Italy and the Republic of Cyprus. He also underlined that through the Greek and Latin languages, which are the mother tongues of Europe, the pupils discover and understand more their own language and other European languages and develop their critical thinking.
Prodromou said that the Greek language remains an obvious force for the timeless conception of new ideas with elements constituting a unique heritage from ancient Rome and Byzantium.
He also thanked the French minister for bringing Latin and ancient Greek back to the forefront of education.