We are composed of a board of seven individuals including two lawyers, a psychologist, a renewable energy expert, a human resource expert, an academic and an expert in international and european affairs. We have 200 simple members who receive our newsletter and follow our activities and developments. We were established on the 21/12/11 and are in the process of drawing up project proposals. As such, to date we have not received any funding from institutions or the state. We have received some private sponsorship though.
AEQUITAS is a non-partisan, non-profit organization which is dedicated to the promotion of Human Rights Education, Citizenship Education and Intercultural Education in Cyprus. More particularly, AEQUITAS holds that these three interrelated areas are necessary ingredients for a democratic, tolerant and just society. Our wesbite is an educational tool for human rights and our newsletter, circulated every two months, is dedicated to a particular human rights issue so as to serve as an educational tool for the reader. We also seek to carry out awareness raising campaigns on a variety of human rights issues as well as promote human rights debate.
We have carried out a series of seminars for several local youth groups on the topic of human rights education, using activities from COMPASS. We are in the process of organizing several more such seminars. We have applied for two projects under the Youth in Action Programme on the topics of human rights education and environmental education. We are also developing a project on the training for teachers on issues of anti-bullying within the human rights perspective in cooperation with a Greek educational institution. We are also in the process of preparing another project in conjunction with a local and international NGO on the issue of LGBTI and human rights. Two other developing projects include a workshop for adult learners and a learning partnership project.
Human Righs Educaiton and Intercultural Education are paramount for any social dialogue. As the first organization in Cyprus dedicated to these objectives we hope to be an advantage to the Network in our country. We will actively participate in the activities of the network, promote the network and the opportunities offered therefrom as well as develop new fruitful ideas of cooperation with networks in other countries.
At the core of the ALF lies the promotion of intercultural dialogue which constitutes one of our three main objectives. In this light, it would be a significant development for us to be part of such a network. By joining the ALF Network, our NGO, we will gain from the support offered therefrom and also will provide us with the opportunity to network with like minded organizations as well as benefit from activities and grant schemes of the Network. These points are paramount for any NGO, especially one that is newly incorporated. Further, the size and diversity of the network are very attractive for us and will serve as a coherent framework through which we can advance our aims and missions vis-à-vis solidarity, tolerance and respect. We also hope to benefit from the training seminars which, once again, will greatly benefit us as a newly incorporated NGO.