nice to be here.
Firstly, i strongly believe that these two languages should be taught in every school in every country all over the world, let alone in Greece. However in Greece, ancient greek and latin are not only an optional lesson in high school but they are taught fewer and fewer hours every year. The revelant minister of education believes that is better to not "pester" the kids with a language that is no more spoken. As a result, we are killing our own roots and consequently our values and morals. And that is a young adult speaking, not even a middle-aged person. It's very harsh to see teenagers that they don't know who is Irodotos or Aristotelis, but they all know Rihanna and Steve Jobs!
As for the gender distinction, it's true that Greek articles are still the same as in ancient Greek. So, we never use masculine or feminine gender when it comes to neuter. For example, when ship is the noun, we always use the ("το") and never he or she. The only exception is when we call our pets -which we love too much to admit that they are just pets-, and call them he or she depending on their gender!
Sorry for my ignorance but I have not understand what you mean by cultural survivals. The monuments, the superstitions or the traditions? Excuse me for English too.