DONORS

European Union

In 2006, the EU approved aid regulation 389/2006 to end the isolation of the Turkish Cypriot community and to help prepare for reunification. €259 million was allocated for a 5 year programme to be implemented by the Commission (DG Regio).

Programme objectives:
Promote social and economic development in the Turkish Cypriot community (particularly rural, human resources and regional development) develop and refurbish infrastructure (particularly energy, transport, environment, telecommunications and water supply) foster reconciliation, build confidence and support civil society bring the Turkish Cypriot community closer to the EU, through information and contacts between Turkish Cypriots and other EU citizens help the Turkish Cypriot community prepare for the implementation of EU law once a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus issue is agreed. From 2011 on, assistance has continued in the form of annual allocations of €28 -30 million, to build on the results achieved and support the on-going UN process.

http://ec.europa.eu/enlargement/tenders/aid-programme-tcc/index_en.htm

 

Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES)

Since 1986, the FES promotes a cooperative dialogue between political decision makers and civil society in Cyprus. In collaboration with local, regional and international partners, FES Cyprus organizes workshops, seminars, presentations and conferences. In general, the partner organisations of the FES in Cyprus are civil society organisations, universities and research centers, trade unions, professional organisations, the political elite, local administrations, media representatives and international organisations.

Since 2012, FES has supported a variety of activities and projects implemented by POST Research Institute including Conference on the “Reflections of past traumas through textbooks: Experience of the Cyprus History Textbooks”, “Peace Education for Gender Equality” and “Education for a Culture of Peace”.

http://www.fescyprus.org/pages/english/fes-cyprus.php

PARTNERS

Step

Standing Together to Enable Peace Trust (STEP) is a non-profit organization established in Delhi in 2009. Their vision is to work towards building a free, just, non-violent, sustainable, equal and mindful society through education, advocacy and action. They work mostly with teachers, youth and children, especially those in at risk communities, to directly empower leadership and innovation. At STEP it is believed that “Peace is not the absence of conflict but the ability of people to deal with it imaginatively”. Ιn order to achieve the goal of propagating a Culture of Peace, STEP runs a number of long term and process oriented programmes that can be largely categorized as Peace Education, Peace Advocacy and Peace in Action. Their mission is to empower youth, children and teachers and create spaces for: fostering community and initiating dialogue, promoting critical thinking and inquiry, socio-economic and political justice and equality, negotiating identities and freedom from fear, non-violent action and strategy, and interconnectivity and ecology.

http://www.takeastep.net/

TheatrEtc

The NGO TheatrEtc. consists of a group of arts practitioners and educators who have come together in their common interest in developing initiatives that promote the use of the expressive arts in social and cultural settings. It supports the involvement of and collaboration between arts practitioners, artists and educators in creative approaches that deal with everyday people, of any background, and issues that might concern them on an educational and cultural level. TheatrEtc has been active since the beginning of 2010 and its members aim to address contemporary Cypriot realities with a creative drive. TheatrEtc will be collaborating with the Education for a Culture of Peace research team on the Multi-communal Summer Theatre Camp for Youth, to be held in the second year of the project. TheatrEtc has been organizing multi-communal theatre camps with youth for the last five years and has been providing opportunities for young people to engage in multicultural dialogue, explore multi-perspectives through theatre.

http://www.theatretc.com/

Future Worlds Center

Future Worlds Center (FWC) is an innovative non-profit initiative of social entrepreneurs using a model of horizontal entrepreneurial management.  Their work harnesses the power of emerging new technologies and the science of structured democratic dialogue in order to accelerate positive social change. FWC’s notable operations include; promoting regional peace, actively promoting the Millenium Development Goals, and supporting vulnerable groups.

http://www.futureworldscenter.org/

The German-Cypriot Forum (DZF)

The German-Cypriot Forum (DZF) wants to support the rapprochement process between Turkish Cypriots and Greek Cypriots and to contribute with its work to a peaceful solution of the Cyprus conflict. To this end, the Forum:

  • supports confidence-building measures within the scope of a multicultural development,
  • enables contacts and meetings of Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots,
  • offers a forum for exchanging views and ideas,
  • strengthens those forces in the civil society of Cyprus, which are involved in bi-communal co-operation in the interest of long-lasting peace,
  • gathers all forces at home and abroad, which support the rapprochement between Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots and a peaceful solution of the Cyprus conflict,
  • informs in Germany about Cyprus.

In the view of the DZF, the future of Cyprus lies

  1. in the peaceful solution of the Cyprus conflict,
  2. in the establishment of a federal bi-zonal state and
  3. in the EU membership of Cyprus as a whole.

The DZF is seeking the dialogue with all democratic political parties and organisations in Germany, in the two parts of Cyprus and at the European level. The DZF would be glad to receive the assistance and support of all those who are keen to advance the peace process on the Mediterranean island, and to share the joyful anticipation of a joint future for its inhabitants.

In order to promote the process of rapprochement of the communities and to create a climate suited for a political solution, the DZF has proposed a catalogue of confidence-building measures.

Cyprus Turkish Teachers Union (KTOS)

Cyprus Turkish Teachers’ Trade Union (KTÖS) is a trade union that was established in 1968. Due to ongoing Cyprus problem, the union is primarily active in the northern part of Cyprus. The union’s mission is to protect, defend and enhance the rights of its members, as well as to contribute to the advancement of the Turkish Cypriot Community.

The union has more than 1800 members, including teachers in pre-primary and primary schools and universities. Apart from its headquarters in Nicosia, the union has branches in two other cities, Famagusta and Morphou. The Cyprus Turkish Teachers Trade Union is a member of Education International, ETUCE (European Trade Unions Committee for Education) and the WFTU (World Federation of Trade Unions).

http://www.ktos.org/