Cyprus

"Hope For Children" CRC Policy Center

National Network
Cyprus
Address

75, Limassol Avenue
2121 Nicosia
Cyprus

Telephone
+35722103234
E-Mail
shahbenderian.c@uncrcpc.org
E-Mail (2)
sofia.leitao@uncrcpc.org
Organisation Type
Non-Governmental Organization
Year of Establishment
2008
Fields of Activity
  1. Human rights
  2. International/Cultural relations
  3. Others
  4. Research
  5. Youth and education
General Information
"Hope For Children" CRC Policy Center (HFC) is an International Humanitarian Institution comprising of 52 staff members. Based in Nicosia, Cyprus, "Hope For Children" CRC Policy Center is a non-profit institution, non-governmental organisation with a worldwide presence in 8 other countries (USA, Portugal, Denmark, Italy, Hungary, Romania, Nigeria, and the Spain). The budgetary resources available for the Organisation in 2016 was €737,689 and the main source of funding for most of HFC’s projects derive from the European Commission and the Solidarity Funds of the Ministry of Interior in Cyprus. HFC constantly engages with a diverse and growing number of stakeholders (social partners, institutional actors, civil society and policy makers) urging for the development of child-friendly justice in Cyprus and the establishment of a juvenile justice system, and promoting participatory approaches for children and youth. One of the most important projects that was recently approved and is currently being implemented is the development of the first Children's House in Cyprus according to the Icelandic model which offers holistic services for victims of child abuse under one roof minimizing the exposure of the victims to untrained professionals or non-child friendly environments. Additionally, long term active projects under the coordination of the Research & Development Department of HFC are developing activities and deliverables related to digital education for gender equality, positive parenting against corporal punishment, innovative strategies to integrate unaccompanied minors and foster care program for unaccompanied minors.
Mission and Objectives

Our Institution has a consistent and dedicated approach to protecting and promoting the rights of the child and to support the active participation of children and youth in society. The aim is to advocate and to protect children's rights, based on the standards and principles of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and European Union Law, regardless of their background. In this direction, “Hope For Children" CRC Policy Center has become the first Cypriot international organisation to have been granted participatory status at the Council of Europe. In addition, we also enjoy the observatory status in the Lanzarote Committee of the Council of Europe.
The operation of the Institution is founded on the principle of promoting and protecting the rights of children and we aim to do this through the implementation of a variety of projects on a national, european and global level. That is why "Hope For Children" CRC Policy Center has initiated and established close cooperation with institutions and actors on an international and european level, inclusive legislative, executive and judicial instruments, while at the same time is a member of significant networks to further promote the rights of the child on a global scale.
"Hope For Children" CRC Policy Center is an affiliated member of the following:
Cooperating partner of the Council of Europe for the ONE in FIVE Campaign
Coordinator for the Observatory for Returned Children
National focal point for the Separated Children in Europe Programme
Focal point for the European Network of Guardian Institutions
National Focal Point for the European Juvenile Justice Observatory
Member of the European Federation Missing Children Europe
Member of the European Network of Child Friendly Cities
Member of the Destination Unknown Campaign
Member of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights

Main Projects / Activities

In general, HFC aims to provide guidance and support for the development of more effective and comprehensive child protection systems across the EU. In this direction, campaigns/projects at a grassroots level undertaken by HFC include: Non-formal Human Rights Education (HRE) for teachers and children, ONE in FIVE Campaign to stop sexual violence against children (2014 - ongoing), the operation of the European Helpline for the Support of Children and Adolescents 116111 (ongoing), the Missing Children Hotline 116000 (ongoing), the implementation and enforcement of the “Beat Bullying” Campaign (2013-ongoing), the opening and coordination of the Children’s House (2017), the Training of the Professionals involved in the Juvenile Judicial Procedures (2017), the Foster Care program for unaccompanied minors (2016-2017) and the Social Skills Workshops for third country nationals (2016-2017).
Additionally, HFC contributes significantly in the area of Children on the Move, following EU laws on asylum and family reunification through Dublin procedures. It directly provides rehabilitation, integration and durable solution services to migrant children primarily through the operation of a children’s shelter for unaccompanied minors, called “Home for Hope”. The two “Home for hope” shelters, accommodate around 40 minors between the ages of 13 -18, who have suffered abuse and/or exploitation. The shelter provides interdisciplinary and holistic services based on models that are considered good practices in other European countries, after they are first adapted to the needs and special circumstances of Cyprus. Such activities are complemented by research and policy-making together with solid collaboration with national authorities in the social welfare, migration and asylum sectors.
HFC leads and takes part in several european projects in the field of gender equality, social inclusion and integration of young migrants. For example, the Organisation coordinates a european project called INTEGRA which aims to provide multidisciplinary mentorship programme to support the entrepreneurship of children in care and young care-leavers. Furthermore, HFC takes part in various european projects such as MEDIS – Mediterranean Inclusive Schools, CREUS: Developing & Nurturing the Vocational transversal skills of Disadvantaged Young People through Creative, Non-Formal Learning in Unconventional Spaces, and CONVEY: Counteracting sexual violence and harassment.

How can you contribute to the Network in your country?

“Hope For Children” CRC Policy Center has a longstanding experience in the protection and promotion of children’s rights and in the field of human rights, integration of young migrants, children on the move, gender-equality and migration. It also enjoys partnerships and collaborations with a wide range of national, european and international partners as its work has a strong European dimension. In this way, HFC can support in the coordination, consultation and mobilisation of the Heads of Network in Cyprus through its vast network and multileveled partnerships in Cyprus and Europe.
The large and multidisciplinary team of the Organisation (lawyers, social workers, psychologists, child supporters and liaison officers) is available to share its expertise and knowledge in the seminars/trainings organised by the National Network of ALF in Cyprus and abroad. HFC is ready to assist and support the National Network in Cyprus with the provision of experts, trainers, educators that may be needed for seminars/trainings in Cyprus and abroad.

Why do you want to join the ALF Network?

“Hope For Children” CRC Policy Center is a strong advocate for joining large networks that shares common values with, such as the Anna Lindh Foundation network, which brings together an important number of over 4000 civil society organizations for the promotion of dialogue between cultures across Europe and the Mediterranean. HFC wishes to build partnerships based on shared interests and mutual respect with the member organizations that share common interests and values. The rich diversity of the ALF Network opens up a path of infinite possibilities and collaborations where organizations of diverse nature can share expertise, good practices and valuable knowledge in many fields. In this manner, accessing this network is very important for the HFC.
Additionally, “Hope For Children” CRC Policy Center strongly adheres with the ALF’s aim which is to contribute to the development of an Intercultural Strategy for the Euro-Mediterranean Region and promoting diversity and coexistence.
It is important for the Organisation to have an open channel of communication and build bridges with NGOs, public institutions, foundations, local and regional authorities, individuals and private organisations that work in the fields of research, gender, community development, human rights and youth and education. Being cognizant of the fact that ALF has launched and supported action across these fields, HFC is keen in collaborating and developing projects that can further foster the impact on these fields with organisations that share common values with.

Contact (1) Full Name
Christine Shahbenderian
Job Title
Project Officer
Head of the organisation
Mr. Joseph Varughese - Director-General
Contact (2) Full Name
Sofia Leitao
Job Title (2)
Director of Research & Development Department

AEQUITAS

National Network
Cyprus
Address

John Kennedy Str., Iris House, 8th Floor, Office 840A
3106 Limassol
Cyprus

Telephone
00 357 25 582333
Fax
00 357 25 582333
E-Mail
info@aequitas-humanrights.org
Mobile Phone
00 357 96 351282
Organisation Type
Non-Governmental Organization
Year of Establishment
2011
Fields of Activity
  1. Human rights
  2. Youth and education
General Information
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.
Mission and Objectives

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.

Main Projects / Activities

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.

How can you contribute to the Network in your country?

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.

Why do you want to join the ALF Network?

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.

Contact (1) Full Name
Natalie Alkiviadou
Head of the organisation
Natalie Alkiviadou

ALF Call for Proposals Workshop: Who can apply, when and how?

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ALF Call for Proposals

The NGO Support Centre and Rooftop Theatre, as co-heads of the Cyprus Network of Anna Lindh Foundation, organised an online workshop for NGOs in Cyprus which was attended by 30 participants, representing various NGOs based in Cyprus. 

The workshop aimed at informing members of the Cyprus Network and other NGOs in undestanding how the ALF can financially support their initiatives and encourage intercultural collaboration. 

Specifically it aimed at presenting the following: 
a) the Anna Lindh Foundation and the work of its Cyprus Network. 
b) the upcoming opportunity for funding available through the ALF Call for Proposals 2020, for projects on Arts and Culture for Intercultural Dialogue: 
- What is the key to understanding the guidelines of ALF Call for Proposals? 
- How can the Cyprus Network support you in finding project partners? 
- Are there any simple strategies to help prepare for the Call for Proposals? 

When? 
Thursday, 30th of April, 16:00 - 18:00 

Where? 
This online workshop was hosted on Zoom. 

Artos Foundation

National Network
Cyprus
Address

64, AY. Omologites Ave
1080 Lefkosia
Cyprus

Telephone
35722445456
Fax
35722818128
E-Mail
achilleas@artosfoundation.org
Mobile Phone
35799649765
Organisation Type
Public/Private Non-Profit Foundation
Year of Establishment
2000
Fields of Activity
  1. Arts
  2. Environment/Sustainable development
  3. Gender
  4. Heritage
  5. International/Cultural relations
  6. Media
  7. Others
  8. Research
  9. Youth and education
General Information
1. Private, non profit organization. Three persons full time staff-Five persons part timer. 2. European Union (EU), Cyprus Government, Private Sponsors, Space rentals. 3. exhibitions, film screenings, performances, theatre, experimental music, research in music & brainwaves, startups, innovation Centre. 5. EU, ARTos members, UCY (University of Cyprus)
Mission and Objectives

ARTos Foundation is a contemporary arts – science-innovation & social impact center dedicated to research and creativity. Its objectives is to stimulate creativity and create sustainable models for supporting citizens and the society in general
Main directives and priorities
- Arts
- Education
- Cultural technology
- Cultural heritage
- Protection of the environment
- European Union issues
- Research and Sciences

Main Projects / Activities

EU programs
Kids University ( in Science, Robotics, Archaeology)
Local & International Exhibitions and Presentations
Scientific and technological research with social impact

Contact (1) Full Name
Achilleas Kentonis
Head of the organisation
Achilleas Kentonis

Association for Historical Dialogue & Research (AHDR)

National Network
Cyprus
Address

Home for Cooperation
28 Marcou Dracou Street
1102 Nicosia
Cyprus

Telephone
+357 22445740
Telephone (other)
+90 548 834 5740
Fax
+357 22660061
E-Mail
ahdr@ahdr.info
Organisation Type
Non-Governmental Organization
Year of Establishment
2003
Fields of Activity
  1. Democracy and community development
  2. Gender
  3. Human rights
  4. Research
  5. Youth and education
General Information
The Association for Historical Dialogue and Research (AHDR) is an inter-communal, non-governmental, non-profitable association, established in 2003 in Nicosia, Cyprus. It is governed by a board comprising of Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot historians and educators and civil society activists, whilst its members come from various ethnic, linguistic and disciplinary backgrounds working at various educational levels in Cyprus and in Europe. It currently employs 4 full-time and 4 part-time members of staff, as well as independent researchers. The AHDR also hosts local and international internships The AHDR has experience of working with a diverse range of local and international, including the Council of Europe, EUROCLIO and teacher trade unions across the divide. Currently the AHDR is implementing a 3 year project which commenced in January 2013 and is being funded by Norway Grants, for a total of €731.970.
Mission and Objectives

The Association’s overall mission is to contribute to the advancement of historical understanding amongst the public and more specifically amongst children, youth and educators, by providing access to learning opportunities for individuals of every ability and every ethnic, religious, cultural and social background, based on the respect for diversity as reflected in Recommendation (2011) 6 on “Intercultural Dialogue and the Image of the Other in teaching history” adopted by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe in June 2011. More specifically the AHDR aims: - To create opportunities for educators, youth and children to be benefited by the latest developments in history teaching and learning - To advance knowledge on the issues of history, historiography, history teaching and history learning - To collect and share resources on history and history teaching - To nurture a critical understanding of the linkages between perceptions of history, attitudes and behaviors towards the “other” and history education - To gather and make available archival materials on certain aspects of Cyprus history. - To develop educational materials for educators and students. - To increase public awareness on the importance of dialogue and multiperspectivity on the issues of history, historiography, history teaching and learning

Main Projects / Activities

Since its formation, the AHDR’s efforts have centred on providing opportunities for educators, historians and researchers to become better equipped to handle the complexities of history in Cyprus, including the training of educators and the development of supplementary educational materials. Such activities have involved dedicated members of the AHDR, as well as co-operation with international and local partners, such as the Council of Europe, EUROCLIO and teacher trade unions across the divide. In co-operation with the Council of Europe (CoE), a new project on “Developing a culture of co-operation” was launched on 22nd and 23rd June 2012. This project was built on the results achieved within the activities which have been organised by the AHDR in co-operation with the CoE since 2004 and resulted in the preparation of the first trilingual (English, Greek and Turkish) pedagogical set of materials on history of Cyprus. This publication was introduced in May 2011 at the inauguration of the H4Cand reached Cypriot schools across the divide. Through the phase I of the Multiperspectivity and Intercultural Dialogue in Education (MIDE I) project supported by UNDP-ACT from July 2008 – November 2011, the AHDR has successfully expanded its programmatic scope to include extensive research, diverse public outreach, and has also diversified the range of materials and trainings it offers to its core target groups. In November 2011, the AHDR has commenced the second phase of the MIDE project, which run for a period of two years and concluded in the summer of 2013. This second phase sought to leverage the valuable resources that the AHDR created within the first phase of the MIDE project and to allow the AHDR to continue in its pursuit of exciting and comprehensive initiatives that focus on promoting innovative approaches to history education, with the focus on the following areas: • To further develop efforts to engage the general public on issues related to history and history education in Cyprus as a means to promoting greater sensitivity to the importance of multi-perceptivity. It is the aim of AHDR to promote critical thinking and historical understanding and thus contribute to the development of a culture of cooperation in Cyprus. • To extend educational and research programmes to ensure that key actors – educators, young people, researchers and policy makers – have sustained opportunities to engage with AHDR’s specialized focus. • To Continue working in partnership with organizations such as the Council of Europe, teacher trade unions across the divide, EUROCLIO, PRIO, CCMC, the International Centre for Transitional Justice and the Elders, as well as developing new relations with other institutions both locally and internationally. In addition to the aforementioned projects, the AHDR has undertaken a grand initiative of renovating a derelict building in the UN controlled Nicosia buffer zone into a “Home for Cooperation”. This forms an integral part of its wider vision of transforming what is currently referred to as the Buffer Zone or Dead Zone into a zone of cooperation. The H4C aims to break the common perception of the buffer zone through: • Enabling young people, educators, historians, researchers and activists and other agents of change, to develop knowledge and critical thinking through hosting programmes on education, training and research; • Providing opportunities for Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and individuals to design and implement innovative projects for the empowerment of civil society and the enhancement of intercultural dialogue; • Encouraging Cypriots to demonstrate the benefits of cooperation across the existing divide; • Enhancing awareness of the complexity and diversity of history and support the conservation of the cultural heritage of Cyprus. Since its opening on 6 May 2011, the H4C has been providing a shared space aiming to foster intercultural cooperation and dialogue. Due to its location in the ‘dead’ zone, the H4C is accessible from both sides of the divide without having to cross the checkpoint of the other community and thus provides a neutral and shared space that can be used by all communities in Cyprus. A number of conferences, panel discussions, workshops, exhibitions and film screenings have been hosted at the H4C. These have been organized by the AHDR, as well as other NGOs across the island. The H4C currently hosts a number of non-governmental organizations, as well as a library and archive, conference and exhibition spaces. As such, it is the first centre in Cyprus to promote collective efforts of civil society in engaging in historical inquiry, contemporary understanding and peace building. Since the opening of the H4C, the AHDR has been effectively running the Home, maintaining the building, offering office space, as well as promoting the usage of its spaces amongst NGOs and individuals across the island. The H4Cwas made possible by the major donors Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein through the EEA and Norway Grants; by Sweden, Switzerland and the Netherlands and also by the Government of Cyprus, as well as individuals, organizations and authorities in Cyprus and abroad. United Nations Development Programme –Action for Cooperation and Trust through funding from the United States Agency for International Development is providing support through the Multiperspectivity and Intercultural Dialogue in Education (MIDE) initiative. The support of the Council of Europe also played an important role.

How can you contribute to the Network in your country?

The AHDR can contribute in the following ways: • The design, implementation of Research and dissemination of research findings • Organization of Teacher training seminars, discussions, conferences • Development of Supplementary educational materials • Organization of on-site visits and walls • Development of tools for outreaching campaigns (video blogs, announcements, public events, etc) • Establishment of Synergies between individuals and organizations at a local, European and international level.

Why do you want to join the ALF Network?

The purpose of the Anna Lindh Foundation is very much in line with the mission and aims of the AHDR, in regards to the bringing together of people and providing platforms for intercultural dialogue, dialogue and critical thinking. The Association is keep to maximise its efforts and the Network seems like a perfect platform in which to do so. The AHDR strongly believe that being part of the Network will be invaluable in regards to the sharing of knowledge and experience, as well identifying potential partnerships for the undertaking of future project initiatives.

Contact (1) Full Name
Loizos Loukaidis
Job Title
AHDR Educational Programs Officer
Head of the organisation
Kyriakos Pachoulides
Contact (2) Full Name
Kyriakos Pachoulides
Job Title (2)
AHDR Board President

Association for the Development of Life Skills

National Network
Cyprus
Address

9, Ikaron Street
Limassol
Cyprus

Telephone
00357-99318625
Telephone (other)
00357-25873700
Fax
00357-25873700
E-Mail
charalca@hotmail.com
E-Mail (2)
info@lifeskills.org.cy
Organisation Type
Non-Governmental Organization
Year of Establishment
2004
Fields of Activity
  1. Human rights
  2. Youth and education
General Information
The Association for the Development of Life Skills is a non-governmental, non-profit organization based in Limassol, Cyprus. The Association is led by a Board of Directors. There are no permanent, paid staff. The management and administrative tasks are performed by the Board members on a voluntary basis or on a paid basis depending on the implemented projects. The Association was founded in 2004 by a group of teachers and parents who wanted to contribute to the provision of personal development opportunities and was formally approved in 2006. Since then, the number of its members has grown steadily and includes people working and active in different fields. To date, the Association has around 500 registered members.
Mission and Objectives

The Association aims to offer young people and adults opportunities for personal development in the areas of Emotional Intelligence (eg. selfaAwareness, self-control, self-esteem), Interpersonal Skills (Communication Skills, Respect for Diversity, Empathy, Acceptance, Cooperation, Love) and Learning/Teaching Skills (Learning to Learn, Thinking, Brain Functioning).

Main Projects / Activities

- Organizing seminars, lectures and Life Skills development workshops for adults.
- Organizing events and team-building workshops to develop skills in children and young persons.
- Training teachers, parents and other stakeholders to use non-formal and active learning methods in the development of Life Skills
- Collaboration with schools, local bodies, organizations and associations of Cyprus.
- Cooperation with educational institutions and institutions abroad.
- Participation in international conferences and seminars.
The Association organized and offered in Cyprus two separate weekly In-Service Lifelong Learning Seminars within the framework of the European Lifelong Learning Program: "Improving Life Skills through Adult Education" “Social and Emotional Learning: Experience the Power of Education!". The Association was also approved for collaboration with other organizations under the Grundtvig Learning Partnerships program for the implementation of the "Social Integration through Education" activity in 2011-2013.
In the period 2010-2015, the Association organized experiential workshops within the framework of the HIPP (Help Increase the Peace and Positive) program, an educational program created for implementation in youth groups and aimed at creating peaceful relationships among people , to provide them with life skills and to inspire them to live with understanding, acceptance and love.
The Association organized three Pancyprian Educational Conferences:
a) in January 2010 (title: "We are creating a more democratic and humane school - We prevent social exclusion"),
b) in January 2012 (title: "Social and Emotional Education - The Challenge in New Analytical Programs") with academic speakers from Cyprus and Greece and Cypriot trainers of experiential workshops
(c) in February 2016 ("Peace Education: Antidote to Racism")
Additionally, Lifeskills Publications published a children's book written by a member of the Association titled "The Teacher and the Seagull" on issues diversity and acceptance in the school context.
The Association has been a member of the Cyprus Youth Council, the European Adult Education Association (EAEA) and the Grundtvig International Network of Course Organizers (GINCO).

Contact (1) Full Name
Charis Charalambous (Vice President)
Head of the organisation
Irini Skoutari (President)
Contact (2) Full Name
Maria Zarari (Secretary)

Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation

National Network
Cyprus
Address

P.O.BOX 21995
1515 NICOSIA
Cyprus

Telephone
+357 22 128157
Fax
+357 22 662898
E-Mail
info@cultural.bankofcyprus.com
Organisation Type
Public/Private Non-Profit Foundation
Year of Establishment
1984
Fields of Activity
  1. Arts
  2. Democracy and community development
  3. Heritage
  4. International/Cultural relations
  5. Media
  6. Research
  7. Youth and education
General Information
The Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation is governed by its own statutes and administered by an independent Board appointed by the Board of Directors of the Bank of Cyprus Group. It employs eight people, and is funded by the Bank of Cyprus. The projects and activities undertaken by the Foundation concern the archaeology, history, art and literature of Cyprus and more generally, the island’s cultural and natural heritage. It operates its own programs and does not give any grants.
Mission and Objectives

To preserve the cultural heritage of the island of Cyprus through its collections and research work and to contribute to the cultural progress of the country with its publications, exhibitions, museums and educational programs.

Main Projects / Activities

• It operates the following collections: Coin Collection, Map Collection, Collection of Manuscripts and Rare Books, Engravings, Old Photographs and Watercolours Collection, Collection of Cyprus Antiquities, Collection of Contemporary Cypriot Art. • The Museum of the History of Cypriot Coinage and the Museum of George and Nefeli Giabra Pierides Collection (antiquities collection). • Educational Programs. • Exhibitions and Lectures. • More than 100 publications in the following sectors: Cypriot cartography, Cypriot coinage, Cultural Foundation collections, Lectures on history and archaeology of Cyprus, Cyprological studies and Lectures, Folios, Exhibition Catalogues, Guides to archaeological, Byzantine and historical monuments of Cyprus, Cypriot literature, Children’s and young adults’ books, Cypriot art, books on the environment of Cyprus and books published in collaboration with other Foundations.

Contact (1) Full Name
Mrs Ionna Hadjicosti
Head of the organisation
Mrs Ioanna Hadjicosti
Good Practice
Education
Youth
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Good Practice Illustration

Brush meets Melody – Euro-Med Art Connection

Children are the future actors of the Euro-Mediterranean and they represent approximately 20-40 percent of the populations in the region. While it is during childhood that intercultural competencies have to be acquired and rehearsed, children are often underestimated, ignored and...

CARDET

National Network
Cyprus
Address

Lykavitou Avenue 29
1st Floor
2407 Engomi
Cyprus

Telephone
+357 22002100
Fax
+357 22002115
E-Mail
info@cardet.org
Organisation Type
Non-Governmental Organization
Year of Establishment
2004
Fields of Activity
  1. Arts
  2. Democracy and community development
  3. Environment/Sustainable development
  4. Gender
  5. Heritage
  6. Human rights
  7. International/Cultural relations
  8. Media
  9. Research
  10. Youth and education
General Information
CARDET's team is composed of world renowned educators, researchers, and developers with many years of experience in studying and improving educational and social systems locally, nationally, and internationally. There are 5 members of the board, 5 members of the advisory board, 3 project managers, and more than 20 researchers involved in our current projects. Our main sources of funding come from grants and donations from the EU, UNDP, and other foundations. We engage in research, development, trainings, conferences, seminars, etc. We have partners and affiliates in five continents.
Mission and Objectives

CARDET’s mission is to inspire next generation education, and to promote research, innovation and development through evidence-based practices, cutting-edge research, and empowered people. Objectives include: Engage in basic and applied research in education, innovation, and development; Improve and strengthen the role of civil society, democratic processes, equality and social justice for all; Provide research, evaluation, and training services to education institutions, businesses, industries, and private and public agencies; Collaborate with organizations and agencies around the world in addressing social, health, environmental, and education needs; Foster systemic, systematic, and sustainable development in education and society worldwide

Main Projects / Activities

The areas of activity we engage in include Research and development, Application of ICT in education and training, Education, curriculum design, and training, Civil society and development education, Multiculturalism, peace, and reconciliation, Organizational assessment and strategic planning, Foresight and innovation. We have successfully implemented projects in Europe, USA, Asia-Pacific, Latin America and Affrica. Sample projects include: Reconciliation and social justice pedagogies; Building Capacity among NGOs towards Increased Participation in EU Development Policy and Action; Inter-Communal Professional Development of Teachers on Environmental Education & Technology Integration; Adapting e-learning to SME Cultural Diversity.

Contact (1) Full Name
Sotiris Themistokleous
Head of the organisation
Charalambos Vrasidas
Contact (2) Full Name
Myria Koushiappi

Center for Gender Equality and History (KIIF)

National Network
Cyprus
Address

Riga Feraiou 26
Apartment 301
1087 Nicosia
Cyprus

Telephone
00357 99293800
E-Mail
thekla.kyritsi@kiif.com.cy
Organisation Type
Non-Governmental Organization
Year of Establishment
2017
Fields of Activity
  1. Gender
General Information

Center for Gender Equality & History (KIIF) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization established in 2017 with the aim to promote research-based knowledge and action for gender equality. Main sources of funding during the three years of our existence have been grants earned by the Erasmus+ Programme, and by national agents such as the Research and Innovation Foundation. Our activities vary from research and education to one-off events, forming policy recommendations through structured dialogue, empowering communities, and building synergies/networks. We are also interested in integrating arts, culture, and creativity, into our work, as well as exploring story-telling as a tool/methodology for connection, empowerment and reflection. KIIF is governed by an annual General Meeting of its members which elects a Board of Directors consisting of nine volunteer members. At this stage, the permanent personnel (paid staff) consists of two persons, a scientific Director of the Center and a Project Coordinator - Researcher.

Mission and Objectives

KIIF aims to promote research-based knowledge and action for gender equality, including women and LGBTQI+ rights, following the principles of inclusiveness, mutual respect, and dialogue. KIIF’s approach puts emphasis on the empowerment of women, men and all genders to play a positive role as individual and social actors towards a global society of inclusion, equality, peace, and democracy. The special emphasis on history, as a separate pylon of KIIF's activity, derives from the depressing invisibility of gender and women’s history in Cyprus, and from understanding that stories, memories and narratives are part of one’s individual and collective present. KIIF’s aspiration is to help gendered and women's stories and voices to be heard and used as tools towards empowerment and reflection. The aim is to advance our understanding of the present of gender relations and contribute to the shaping of the future by better understanding the roots of patriarchy, homophobia, gender hierarchies etc.

Main Projects / Activities

The main forms of activities organized by the Center for Gender Equality and History (KIIF) include scientific research on gender issues, educational projects, one-off events, workshops, structured dialogue, forming policy recommendations, empowering communities, and building synergies and networks between communities. We are also interested in integrating arts, culture, and creativity, into our work as well as exploring methodologies of story-telling as a tool for connection, empowerment and reflection. To mention some examples of current projects, we are systematically organising historical walks in Nicosia aiming to explore the invisible history of women and the gendered aspects of the urban landscape―under bicommunal and multi-communal perspectives―while we have also organized women’s history workshops in rural areas. Some of our current large-scale projects include the making of an online, open archive on the modern and contemporary history of Cypriot women (www.clioforgender.com); the development of an online educational toolkit on gender education targeting teenage boys; and a structured dialogue youth project for gender equality in the family.

Contact (1) Full Name
Thekla Kyritsi
Job Title
Director
Head of the organisation
Thekla Kyritsi (Director)
Contact (2) Full Name
Eleni Pashia
Job Title (2)
Project Coordinator / Researcher