Category Archives: Education

Exhibition on the ‘Right to Learn’ Youth Initiative by milia

miliaA fresh and active group of young people called ‘milia’, has in the last three months organised a highly successful programme of experiential workshops on the theme of education, the creative results of which will be exhibited this Friday and Saturday 20 and 21 May 2011 at the Nicosia Municipality’s ‘Peace’ Venue. Believing that it is crucial that the broader public hear the voices of youth on the ‘Right to Learn’, milia volunteers will exhibit the wonderful collages, innovative proposals and powerful short films produced by participants during milia workshops. The exhibition will be open on Friday 20/5/2011 at 17:30-21:00, and on Saturday 21/5/2011 at 11:00-19.30, at the Nicosia Municipality’s ‘Peace’ Venue, located at the end of Ledra Street. For more information see

‘Milia’, which was set up last September as an informal group of young volunteers from the fields of education, youth work and civic society groups, organised four weekend sessions of interactive workshops for 12-18 year olds, funded by the European programme ‘Youth in Action’. The workshops took place on 19-20 February and 12-13 March in Nicosia, on 27-28 March in the village of Galata and on 16-17 April in Limassol.

The theme of all workshops was the basic right of each person to an education which responds to their needs, and which promotes a democratic society where all people receive respect but also respect the rights of others.

miliainviteFacilitated by Cyprus Youth Council trainers who employed non-formal learning methods such as creative activities, discussion groups, teamwork and media, beneficiaries explored in depth their own learning styles and experiences as well as their education as a human right. They made recommendations on how to improve the educational experience in our country, as well as short movies on the theme, inspired too by their discussions with individuals who had experienced global education first hand.

The young people’s feedback has been overwhelmingly positive – claiming that the experience had left them feeling enriched in their self-esteem, empowered and inspired by the understanding and perspective gained on education. Organisers have said that the ideas of these young people will feed into future ‘milia’ activities, having seen how much they have to say about, and can contribute to, a healthier model of education.

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Home for Cooperation opens today!


Today marks the launch of AHDR’s ‘Home for Cooperation’, the new shared space in the buffer zone. There will be a range of events going on over thee weekend, so don’t miss it! Highlights include Tat Tnabar and Gommalar playing live, the opening of Future Worlds Centre’s ‘Borderstories’ Photographic exhibition, (both today, Friday 6 May), Walks for Peace with POST Research Institute and EMAA and the Cyprus Chamber of Fine Arts creating recycled sculptures with children (both on Saturday 7 May), Women’s Voices event by Hands Across the Divide and  the Peace Players basketball tournament, both on Saturday afternoon, ENGAGE Small Grants exhibition and screenings by CCMC on Sunday 8 May, and the premiere of the Documentary on Cyprus, History and the Home for Cooperation by Stefanos Evripidou and Stephen Nugent on Monday evening. Please download the flyer with full details in English, Greek and Turkish.

To read the full speech by the UN Secretary General’s Special Representative at today’s launch click here.

Key Issues in Development Studies: book presentation

CCMC member the NGO Support Centre, in cooperation with the European Studies Club of the European University Cyprus, invite you to the presentation of the book «From the Local to the Global: Key Issues in Development Studies» on Wednesday 4 May, at 16:30, Auditorium A, European University Cyprus. The book will be presented by Dr. Gerard McCann.
Dr. Gerard McCann is a Senior Lecturer in European Studies and Geography at St. Mary’s University College, Queen’s University, Belfast. He is Director of the Global Dimension in Education project (SMUC) and has written extensively on the European Union’s economic, education and development policies.


Perceptions of borders influence our society, says Future Worlds Center

This week 25 young multipliers from Cyprus, France and Germany will be in Nicosia for a week-long seminar held at the Cyprus Community Media Centre to explore the stories of and behind borders through the lens of a photo camera. The seminar is one of a series of 3 seminars. The first was held in Berlin in September 2010.  Nicosia is the host city in May 2011 and the final seminar will take place in Marseille 2012. The cities chosen for this project all represent the contexts of different aspects of borders, lines and walls: Berlin as a symbol for the division and reunification of Germany and Europe; Nicosia as the last divided capital city in Europe; and Marseille, a port and immigration city, as a gateway between Europe and Africa. This particular seminar in Nicosia aims to build on the experiences of the first seminar in Berlin and will encourage participants to explore parallels and connections between the two cities, the way that walls influence social interactions, urban landscapes and narratives. Participants are encouraged to build on the photographic material created during the seminar in Berlin and take it a step further during the weeklong seminar in Nicosia. Furthermore, the seminar will act as a catalyst for the third seminar in Marseille. The seminar will conclude with a public photo exhibition on Friday 6th May at 18:00hrs, presenting the work produced by the participants. The exhibition will be part of the larger events around the inauguration of the Home for Cooperation in the Buffer Zone opposite Ledra Palace. Everyone is invited to attend.  The seminar receives funding from the German-French Youth Office and the German Embassy in Cyprus. Sponsors include the Cyprus Tourism Organization. For more information please visit the seminar’s blog at

Free media workshops at University of Nicosia 6 May 2011

The University of Nicosia is offering free (registration required) workshops on a number of interesting media-related subjects on Friday the 6 May 2011.

Workshop 1: 10:00-17:00 ‘Critical Analysis of Still/Moving Images’

Workshop 2: 10:00-16:30 ‘Formation of Self/Local Representation through Multimedia Production.

Workshop 3: 10:00-16:30: ‘Multicultural Environments, Identities and belongings, Citizenship and Territories’

Workshop 4: 10:00-17:00 Digital Tools for Social Inquiry and Urban Mapping’

Read the full schedule here, and download the application form here.   Completed applications to be returned to Holger Briel: holger.briel[@]

Volunteers for the Home for Cooperation needed!

The Association for Historical Dialogue & Research (AHDR) is looking for volunteers to assist both in the lead up to and during the inauguration of the Home for Cooperation from 6-9 May 2011. Located in the Nicosia, Cyprus, buffer zone, the Home for Cooperation (H4C) provides a shared space for inter-communal cooperation and dialogue. Continue reading

AHDR Newsletter and Call for Cooperation!


The Association for Historical Dialogue and Research (AHDR), a CCMC member, has just released its February newsletter (available here), packed full of updates on their activities. They are also announcing opportunities for people to get involved in their upcoming Home for Cooperation (H4C) which is opening in May 2011, in the in the Nicosia (Ledra Palace) buffer zone. The H4C will operate as an education, dialogue and research centre. AHDR are also inviting people to apply for resident-partnerships at the Home for Cooperation. Please see for more information about procedures and criteria or download the announcement here. The deadline is 11 March 2011.

Invitation to Closing Ceremony of ICFFCY 26 Feb

CCMC member the International Children’s Film Festival Cyprus would like to invite you to their Closing Ceremony on Saturday 26 February 2011 at 16:00 at the Pantheon Art Cinema in Nicosia. Screening of the films made during this year’s morning workshops, Cyprus Artefacts Treasure in Action Project and Youth Team will take place. Download your invitation here.

Mirroring State Narratives: Educational Forum on 1 March

CCMC member POST Research Institute, in cooperation with the Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot Teachers’ Platform “United Cyprus” (Greek Cypriot Section) is implementing a project entitled “Tours for Peace”. As a part of this project, they are organising an Educational Forum on Tuesday 1 March 2011 at 15:30 to 18:00. The title of the forum is Mirroring State Narratives: Struggle Museums Across the Divide.

The venue is the Cyprus Turkish Teachers’ Trade Union (KTOS) Conference Room and the common language of this forum will be in English. Please note that places are limited and priority will be given to teachers, in particular to history teachers, as well as those participants who attended the previous events organised under this project. Please register by Friday, 25th February 2011 until 16:00, providing your full name, contact details and occupation, as well as stating if you require translation.

This project is being funded by the UNDP-ACT/ USAID through the “ENGAGE” project, which is being executed by the NGO Support Centre and The Management Centre.

For registration and more information please contact:

Mine Kanol Tel: 05338611592, email:

Loizos Loukaidis Tel: 99578067, email:

Download the flyer in English, Greek or Turkish.

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