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Global Development Educationat national level

Ministry of Education & Culture

Republic of Cyprus

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Crossroad of civilisations (geographically)

Recent independent Democracy (1960)

Violent ‘division’ of the island (since 1974)

Recent migration (Central Europe, Asia, Arab countries)

Strong and deep democratic tradition

Strong power of the political parties

Week civil society

History of consecutive occupations / colonisations

Multi-cultural heritage

Strong Greek identity

Strong European identity

Violent separation of the two main communities

Major demographic changes in the areas non under the control of the government of the Republic of Cyprus

Reflected within schools

Special programmes for integration of students

civic education

Cyprus context

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Global Education Week within the

Global Education Programme

Other programmes on relevant issues

i.e. EDC – HRE (CoE)

Global Development EducationMain activity

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Global Education WeekWho is coordinating today?

  • Ministry of Education & Culture (MOEC)

  • OELMEK (Secondary Education Teachers Union)

Formal Education

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Global Education in Cyprus

The Ministry of Education & Culture

“Global Education Week”

Since 1999

History of the participation:

  • 2 pilot schools-secondary education, 1999 - 2002

  • Increased number of secondary education schools interested

  • Teachers Union involvement in 2003

  • Peer Review Process “Global Education in Cyprus”, GENE, 2004

  • Coordination by the head office of the MOEC since 2004 II 2006

  • GEW is announced to all schools since 2007

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How we coordinate?

  • A Committee for GE - members from all sectors(Since September 2008)

    engagement & responsibilities & cooperation & more ideas

  • Coordination by the Permanent’s Secretary Office

    decision making process

  • Important information to the Minister of E&C

  • Dissemination of information and announcement of special activities

    Web page

  • Direct communication with schools

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How is the structure?

Students - Parents - Teachers Associations

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What does a centralized educational system means?

Information from the Ministry

arrives immediately to…

803 schools

11.885 educators

121.441 students

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What does this mean forGlobal Education Week?

  • Announcement of the GEW at the beginning of the school year

  • Immediate information about activities and actions in all schools

  • Collecting data from schools for the evaluation (evaluation form in the web-page)

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Why GEW 2008 was more important than the previous years?

  • Organization structure

  • Webpage (kind of information)

  • Liaison with other programs – earned experience (especiallyEYID 2008)

  • Promotion - special campaigns & activities

  • Beginning of a cooperation - synergies

    • CyprusAid

    • Other national authorities - services (i.e.PIO)

    • Civil Society – especially the NGDOs

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Liaison with the EYID 2008

Cyprus NCB: Ministry of Education & Culture common theme - school year objective

  • Take advantage of the structures formed for the EYID 2008 (synergies & good practices – wider body)

    • To use the media (i.e.CBC - national media sponsoring)

    • To cooperate with the civil society (ie Wider Body, Anna Lidht Foundation network, local authorities, diverse organisations)

  • Take advantage of the whole discussion on ID within schools and within the society

    • To involve sensitized people in GEW

    • To connect GEW with already existing issues and activities

Give more visibility to GEW

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Example: Research project on xenophobia

Students’ opinions

Do you accept to share your desk

with a student from another country

Yes: 78%

No: 8%

School with Greek & Turkish Cypriot students

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Example: Research project on xenophobia

Parents’ opinions

Do you mind if students from other countries

study in the same school with your children

NO: 62%

YES: 36%

Why there is so much distance

between the parents’ and the students’ opinions?

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Where was GEW within the EYID 2008?

  • The Week took place in different ways in a great number of schools

    B. Special focus on “Global Solidarity”

    Two actions where announced on the theme

    “Intercultural Dialogue and Global Solidarity”

    • Creating photos

    • Creating a short movie

No prices - awards

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Intercultural Dialogue and Global Solidarity

Come with me


We are all equal

Stop poverty

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  • Education

  • for equal opportunities for all

  • for a multi-cultured society

  • for peace in the world

  • against racism

  • for human rights for all

  • for happy-healthy youth

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What we do more with the produced photos and movies…?

Decision through developed synergies

Ministry of Education & Culture




  • Civil Society

    • NGO support centre

    • NGDO platform

What has been already done?

  • Meeting - presentation – sharing(MOEC, CyprusAid, NGDOs, October 2008)

  • First Teachers Training Seminar(MOEC CyprusAid, FWC, January 2009)

  • An draft plan for further cooperation was decided(March 2009)

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What is CyprusAid?

Development Cooperation Service of the Governement of the Republic of Cyprus

  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs,

  • Ministry of Finance – Planning Bureau

    Development aid in 3 sectoral priorities

  • Infrastructure development

  • Social and services sectors

  • Environment

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What kind of projects?

  • Development Projects through “Delegated Cooperation”

    Project countries: Autonomous Palestinian Territories, Egypt, Lebanon, Lesotho, Mali and Yemen

    Projects related to education

  • Construction of a boarding house for girls studying in the Sekonyela High School in Mokhotlong, Lesotho (in partnership with Irish Aid)

  • Refurbishment of 4 schools in the areas of Botha-Bothe in Lesotho (in partnership with Irish Aid)

  • “Early Childhood Education Enhancement” in Egypt (in partnership with the United Nations World Food Programme)

  • Short term & long term scholarships

    Students from 15 countries

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Partnership for awareness raising in Cyprus

  • Study Visit to Hungary

    Delegation: representatives of the Government of the Republic of Cyprus and the Civil Society

  • Regional Conference (November 2008)

    “Serving the Citizen: Promoting NGO-Public Sector Partnership”

  • Conference: M. Richelle Koos (DG Europaid)- May 2009in cooperation with the European Commission Representation

    • Workshop for policy makers

    • Seminar for school students

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Partnership for awareness raising in Cyprus

  • Reform of the legal and regulatory framework affecting NGOs in Cyprus

    in cooperation with the UNDP-ACT programme

    The whole legislation reform and modernization through a participatory process will contribute to the development of a climate of trust between the Government and the Civil Society and will ensure transparency and compliance with the rules of good governance.

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Actual situation of NGOs

  • A great number of humanitarian associations – organisations

  • Week civil society in terms of Development Education

  • Recent development: NGDO platform (2008)

    • Future World Centre

    • Ecognosia

    • NGO support centre

    • Cyprus Family Planning Association

    • Meditteranean Institude of Gender Studies

    • Volunteers Doctors – Cyprus

    • Index Research Centre

    • Cardet

    • Laona

Projects with schools directly

Need of cooperation-partnership

with national authorities

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Draft plan for cooperation between MOEC & CyprusAid (& NGDOs)

  • CyprusAid information materials in all schools

  • Training programs for different stakeholders, involving the civil society

  • Booklet for students

    • CyprusAid goals & activities & …

    • Global development education issues

    • MDGs (booklet distributed by the EIC)

    • Information by NGDOs

  • Posters with students photos

  • CDs with produced films

  • Production-distribution of the game “food force” (WFP) for GEW 2009

  • Cooperate with the NGDOs on specific proposals

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How we may take advantage from existing & new structures ? NGDOs)

human resources

  • to set-up a strategy for Global Development Education, via partnership

    Or even

  • to draw a framework for a strategy

    Or at least

  • to improve our practices and to have more impact on specific target groups


  • to set-up new projects

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Important structures within the Educational Reform NGDOs)

Teachers’ Unions

Parents’ Associations

Students’ Unions

Universities’ Representatives

Inspectors Trade Union

Political Parties

Consultative process

Council of Education: representatives from the main political parties

Decision making process

Council of Ministers


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Important momentum within the Educational Reform NGDOs)

  • Central Committee for reforming the Curricula

  • Thematic Committees for reforming thematic areas of the Curricula

  • New books & educational materials according to the new curricula

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From the GE programme NGDOs)to a GE policy


Global Education Recommendation


Global Education Guidelines


Consensus on Development Education


White Paper on ID

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Thank NGDOs)you for your attention…

Ministry of Education & Culture, Republic of Cyprus