The Copts are descendants of the Ancient Egyptians, one of the most ancient civilizations on Earth. The term “Coptic” is derived from the Greek word “Aigyptos” meaning Egyptian.
The Coptic language is a development of the ancient Egyptian language spoken since the early days of the Pharaohs and originally written in picture-from called Hieroglyphics.
In the second century A.D. Pantaneus the principal of Theological School of Alexandria established an alphabet to be used with the Coptic language, using the Greek characters and adding seven from Egyptian, which corresponded to the sounds that do not exists in Greek.
In the 1960’s and 1970’s a large influx of Coptic migrants arrived in Australia and several Coptic communities were established.
During the last fifty years, the Coptic population has grown and expanded in a remarkable way and has reached 12.000, of whom live in Victoria.
The Coptic program was broadcast on Radio 3ZZZ in May 1997 for an hour every Friday from 2:00pm till 3:00pm. And Coptic Youth every Thursday from 2:00pm to 3:00pm.
In 1997 it is very pleasing to report that in the first year of Coptic programming, we achieved the second highest amount in Radiothon fundraising.
The Coptic program is one of the newest broadcasting groups and is completely different from the Egyptian and Arabic programs.
The Coptic program presents a basic construction of the Coptic language, history, heritage and tradition to entertain the community and to teach the younger generation their ancient Coptic heritage.
The Coptic community in Melbourne appreciates Radio 3zzz for giving them the opportunity to listen to the Coptic program which presents their own language and culture.
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