The PAB (Project Advisory Board) consists of 10 people in total and constitutes an integral element of the project, providing strategic and performing high level monitoring and advice functions. The role of the PAB is to act as a consultative and decision making mechanism, designed to assist the project in realizing its objectives, goals and targets through advise, support and recommendations.

Members of PAB will help ensure the success of the implementation of the project with their efforts to carry out the strategies and activities. The specific functions of the Board, as well as strategic input as mentioned above, will be to help POST RI and the AHDR to build effective partnerships with key stakeholders to support project outcomes, outputs and activities; to monitor and oversee the progress of all activities related to the action, facilitating an exchange of ideas and sharing all relevant documentation; and to hold regular consultations, maintining constant and direct communication with the target groups and final beneficiaries.

charaChara Zymara

Chara Zymara studied Political Science at the Aristotelio University of Thessaloniki and European Political Science at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She worked as a journalist at the Financial paper of the weekly newspaper ‘I Kathimerini’ , as a volunteer at the Association for Historical Dialogue and Research, and as a Communications Officer at the ‘Future Worlds Center’.

Since April 2014, Chara works as a communications consultant at a company.

 

 

 

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Eleni Kotziamani

Eleni Kotziamani has been working as a primary school teacher in public schools in Cyprus since 2001. Since 2005 she has been actively involved in bicommunal youth projects aiming at using Olympism as a means for social change and transformation, by utilizing sports, cultural and educational activities. From 2006 to 2008 she was actively involved in a youth project which aimed to reduce youth delinquency by providing young people with opportunities to engage in alternative activities. She has been also involved in research and impact assessment of various projects. On behalf of voluntary and governmental bodies, she has organized a number of youth events and she has participated in a plethora of international conferences.

Since 2010 when she became a Peace Educator, she has been involved in projects promoting a Culture of Peace on a personal and social level. She strongly believes that in order for a Culture of Peace to prevail in our societies, actions must be taken on a micro and macro level. She is a supporter of the belief that every human being deserves to live in a world where human rights are respected, social justice is promoted, weapons and violence are dismantled, and individuals respect other human beings. Her passion is to infuse Education for a Culture of Peace in the hearts of every teacher, parent, and young person within the island of Cyprus and globally, and for that reason she is actively involved in the project.

georginaGeorgina Christou

Georgina Christou is a PhD candidate in Social Anthropology at the School of Global Studies, at the University of Sussex. Her academic background has always been interdisciplinary with studies in the fields of Law, Human Rights and Social Anthropology. Prior to her PhD studies, she worked as researcher and project coordinator for the Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies, the University of Nicosia and the Cyprus National Commission for UNESCO. Her PhD research focuses on the activism and the limits to political participation of minor status groups, such as children and ethnic minorities, in the context of Cyprus. Georgina’s publications include: Christou, G., (2013), ‘Understanding Gender-based Violence among Adolescents: Exposing Challenges for an Inclusive Educational Policy and Citizenship Education in Cyprus’, Citizenship Teaching and Learning, 8:1, pp. 75-90, Gregoriou, Z. and Christou, G., (2012), ‘The Dubious Gift/Debt of Integration: Patriarchal Regimes, Ethnicity and Sexuality in the School Lives of Migrant Girls’, in Peristianis N., Phellas C., Amitsis G. (eds.), The Social Portrait of Cyprus 2012, University of Nicosia Press (in Greek), Demetriou O., Christou G. and Mavris J. (2011) ‘Becoming Good Neighbours in Cyprus: Civic Action and the Relevance of the State’, in Negotiating Multicultural Europe, Armbruster H. and Meinhof U. (eds.), Palgrave Macmillan.

hakanHakan Karahasan

Hakan Karahasan graduated from Eastern Mediterranean University (EMU), department of Radio-TV, and Film in 2000. He obtained his MA in English Studies at the department of English Literature and Humanities at EMU in 2003. Currently, he is a PhD candidate in Communication and Media Studies at EMU and an instructor at Near East University, in the department of Film Making. In 2009-2010, he was a guest researcher at the department of Philosophy and Communication (Semiotics) at the University of Bologna, under the supervision of Anna Maria Lorusso. Since 2004, he has been involved in Education for Peace projects with POST Research Institute (POST RI) and took in part in analysing history and geography education in the northern part of Cyprus. Currently, he is the president of POST RI and taking part in the ‘Education for a Culture of Peace’ project. The project is the first project of its kind in Cyprus because its main aim is to cultivate a culture of peace instead of a culture of war and to create a culture within the education system that will encourage pupils to respect each other’s differences and similarities and realise the potential that they have – something which is lacking in Cyprus at the moment. He also hosts a monthly radio show with the same name at MYCY Radio of Cyprus Community Media Centre (CCMC) with Paraskevi Koumi. His studies were mostly published in various journals in Cyprus and in Turkey.

kyriakosKyriakos Pachoulides

Kyriakos Pachoulides is a founding member of the Association for Historical Dialogue and Research (AHDR) and has held the position of President of AHDR Board since June 2011, as well as being a member of the Home for Cooperation (H4C) Governing Board since September 2013.

During the last fifteen years, Kyriakos has been actively involved in various civil society peace building initiatives in Cyprus. He holds a BA in Pedagogical studies (primary school teacher) and also in Psychology and a PhD in Social Psychology.

He considers that education when founded on human rights principles and promoting humanitarian values and critical thinking, can be a means of social change.

 

loizosLoizos Loukaidis

Loizos holds a BA in Primary Education from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece and an MA in Peace Education from the UN mandated University for Peace where he specifically sought to examine the viewing of History Teaching as a vehicle for promoting a Culture of Peace. Loizos is now a Primary School Teacher and is also actively involved in the peacebuilding process in Cyprus through his involvement in prominent organizations such as the POST Research Institute, the Association for Historical Dialogue and Research and the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot Teachers’ Platform “United Cyprus”. His research interests include issues such as Gender and Trafficking, Interculturalism, Human Rights and History Education and he has conducted research for UNDP-USAID, the Council of Europe, EEA Grants, the University of Cyprus and the Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies.

Loizos stongly believes that through the implementation of this project and the involvement of educators and learners across the divide in the decision making process and the design of peace-related activities, they will be empowered to act as agents of social and educational change. Hopefully, this project will also be used as an example for future initiatives both in Cyprus and abroad thus contributing towards spreading the message of peace in diverse sociopolitical settings.

Mehveş Beyidoğlu Önen

Mehves Beyidoğlu Önen holds an MES in European Integration and Regionalism from the University of Graz (Austria), and ME and BA degrees in International Relations from the Eastern Mediterranean University (Cyprus). Her interest areas include gender issues, ecology, peace education, civic culture and civil society. Between 2004 and 2007, she worked as a consultant at the European Union Coordination Centre in the northern part of Cyprus where Health, Rural Development, Agriculture and Education were her responsibility areas for the alignment of the relevant chapters of the EU acquis.
Since 2007, Mehveş has been working as Freelance Consultant in a variety of projects on peace education, history and geography education in Cyprus, social research methods for children and vocational education. She was also trained as a conflict resolution facilitator in San Francisco together with the other group leaders in New Zealand, South Africa, Denmark and the USA, (where there are different kinds of conflicts including minority problems, poverty and inequality, and racism) through the scholarship of Rockrose Institute, to train young peacemakers to promote, support and advance non-violent conflict resolution through education, improved communication and a deeper understanding of justice.
Mehves is one of the founding members of POST Research Institute established in 2002 and is currently the Project Manager of the ‘Education for a Culture of Peace’ project.

shirinShirin Jetha

Shirin holds a BA in Sociology from Middlesex University, U.K, for which her particular research interests included race and ethnicity and gender issues. Shirin has been involved in Cypriot civil society led initiatives focusing on peace building efforts since 2006 when she worked with POST Research Institute as a sociological consultant. Shirin worked as a key member of the project team in producing comprehensive research and analysis on the history textbooks used in schools within the northern part of Cyprus. Shirin is co-author of POST RI’s publication, ‘Re-writing History Textbooks: History Educations: A tool for Polarization or Reconciliations?’ and co-editor of ‘Handbook for Educators’. Shirin joined the Association for Historical Dialogue & Research (AHDR) in 2009 and currently holds the position of Executive Director. As such, she is responsible for coordinating all of the AHDR’s programmes and works in close cooperation with its Board of Directors in the future visioning of the Association.

Although Cyprus could be said to free of violent conflict, it is unfortunately lacking peace due to the current stalemate between the main two communities in Cyprus. The young generation of Cypriots do not know a Cyprus beyond the current divide and often experience the turbulent past of the Island through narratives of their families personal stories, school curriculums and the media, all of which portray a version of history lacking in empathy, understanding and instead perpetuating the idea of the enemy and creating a environment of fear and hatred. The younger generation have an important role to play in moving beyond the current situation in Cyprus and Shirin believes the ‘Education or a Culture of Peace’ project will be pivotal to such an effort.

suleymanSüleyman Gelener

Süleyman Gelener holds a BA (Hons) in Science of Education – Primary Education from Atatürk Teacher Training Academy and a Master of Arts in International Studies in Education from the University of Birmingham. Since the early 2000s, he has been engaged in civil society which focuses on historical inquiry, contemporary understanding, conflict resolution and peace building. He was involved in various international and multi communal projects in Cyprus and abroad.

He has been active in Cyprus Turkish Teachers Trade Union (KTÖS) promoting peace, democracy, social justice and equality through the development of education and the collective strength of teachers and education employees. He recently collaborated with TheatrEtc and contributed as a facilitator at Crossroads Youth Theatre Camp which uses theatre as a tool for creative expression and communication, multicultural awareness and coexistence. He was elected as a board member of the Association for Historical Dialogue and Research in the previous term. He currently lives in Nicosia, Cyprus and works as a teacher.

 

Zehra Aziz-Beyli

Zehra Aziz-Beyli was born in 1978 and grew up in Nicosia, Cyprus. She earned a Bachelors degree in International Relations from Bilkent University in Turkey and a Masters degree in Global Security from Keele University in England. She completed her PhD at Keele University in 2014. Her doctoral research dealt with practices of commemoration in general and the culture of commemoration in Cyprus in particular. She is interested in politics of memory and how cultural memory works in societies. She has held posts as a lecturer at Eastern Mediterranean University, Lefke University and Cyprus International University in Cyprus and held tutorials at Keele University in England. She also took part in bi-communal projects both at POST RI and AHDR. She is holding the position of Financial Coordinator at POST RI since 2011.

Growing up in a divided Cyprus, she feels the urgency to reach to a “culture of peace” in Cyprus. She is interested in culture of peace as a means to promote understanding and tolerance among the peoples of Cyprus and to strengthen dialogue among civilizations. She believes that it will be possible to achieve “a culture of peace” with the project of “Education for a Culture of Peace”, so that we all can make a difference!