Project Manager

Mehveş Beyidoğlu Önen

Mehves Beyidoğlu holds an MES in European Integration and Regionalism from the University of Graz, Austria, and MA and BA degrees in International Relations from the Eastern Mediterranean University, Cyprus. Mehves became involved in civil society actions in 2000 and has since been active in a variety of projects and activities related to peacebuilding, reconciliation and rapproachment in Cyprus. She initiated the establishment of multiple NGOs focusing on peace education, gender and ecology issues. Between 2004 and 2007, she worked as a consultant at the European Union Coordination Centre. Since then, Mehves has been working as Freelance Consultant acting as Project Manager, Evaluator, Consultant and Capacity Builder. Mehves strongly believes that this project will pave the way for a broader vision of sustainable peace and educational change.

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.

Project Administrator

Rana Feridun

rana@e4cp.org
Rana holds a BA in Philosophy from Yeditepe University and an MA in Politics and Development from University of East Anglia, and she earned a Post-graduate Diploma in TEFL from Essex University and a Certificate in Peace and Reconciliation Studies from Coventry University. Prior to joining POST Research Institute, Rana was a PhD Candidate and Teaching Assistant in​ Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Lancaster. ​However, as a result of a long-term​ writer’​s block she gave up after 4 years and has not regretted it since​. She followed her volunteering spirit once again in Cyprus and participated in CSO activities, most notably POST RI’​s Tours for Peace project that was conferred with a ​special CSO award in 2011.

Owing to the administrative experience she gained during her employment at the international law company Yiangou & Co, Rana was able to get the administrator position in the Education for a Culture of Peace Project. She is very excited about partaking in the project which she believes ​has ​brought a new meaning to peace-building in Cyprus by introducing component fields of peace education. As part of the project team, she is enthusiastic about fostering a ​more compassionate, responsible and respectful society that can genuinely engage in making peace with themselves, others and  the ​environment.

Having been animal rights and welfare advocate, Rana is proud to be a happily married mother of four rescue dogs Şazi, Gülin, Saba and Esmeray.

Project Assistants

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 strongly 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.

Paraskevi Koumi

Paraskevi graduated in 2013 with a BA in Turkish and Modern Greek Studies from King’s College London and the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). As part of her degree she participated in Erasmus programmes at both the University of Cyprus and Boğaziçi Univeristy. Modules focused on language, socio-linguistics and translation; Greek and Turkish history; Middle-Eastern literature; and international relations. Paraskevi was an active member of the UK Cypriot diaspora, serving four years on the NEPOMAK.uk committee and one on the National Federation of Cypriots, where she strove to encourage a more progressive perspective on the situation in Cyprus. She briefly, but lovingly, coordinated the Hackney Cypriot Association – a traditionally bi-communal organization – before moving to Ankara, where she worked for one academic year as a TEFL-qualified English teacher. Returning to Nicosia in the summer of 2014, she gained experience as a communications intern for the island-wide platform for development NGOs (CYINDEP) before joining our project team. Paraskevi has been passionate about a peaceful Cyprus from a very young age and she believes that Education for a Culture of Peace will provide educators and students – and thus the wider community – with a set of values and skills including compassion, respect for surroundings and critical thinking. She considers these to be vital for a Cyprus facing not only a decades-old conflict, but also a rapidly evolving society.

 

Communications Officer

IMG_3751Alkan Muhtaroglu

Alkan graduated from Eastern Mediterranean University (EMU), Department of Radio-TV and Cinema in 1998. He studied on Turkish Cypriot Identity and obtained his MA in Communication and Media Studies at EMU. He worked as a journalist for Kıbrıs newspaper during Annan Plan negotiations and after he started to work as a PhD Research and Teaching Assistant in the Faculty of Communication and Media Studies at EMU. Currently, he is a PhD candidate in Communication and Media Studies at EMU. In 2009-2010, he was a guest PhD Researcher at the Faculty of Communication and Media Studies at Örebro University – Sweden, under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Stig Arne Nohrstedt. He is still working on his Phd thesis at EMU.

He has been imagining a borderless and multi-cultural Cyprus since the early ages. In this regard, he believes that Education for a Culture of Peace project holds a substantial importance for the communities of Cyprus to coexist peacefully together again and move on from the characteristics of post-conflict psychology.