• Tri-lingual Manual with Lesson Plans on Education for a Culture of Peace

There exists little material which has been produced through collaboration of all communities in Cyprus, in the three main languages spoken on the island. Access to concrete lesson plans is vital if teachers across the divide are to implement Education for a Culture of Peace within their schools. Hence, this publication is one of the project’s most important activities.

Put together by the project’s Research Team along with motivated educators and students selected during the training sessions, this manual will include 20 lesson plans, all of which will be tried and tested in schools before publication. It is hoped that this contribution will help to fill the gap left by the shortage of Culture of Peace-related materials, particularly tri-lingual, and support those educators who don’t attend trainings throughout the duration of the project. By introducing this concept into the existing curriculum of the formal education sector, we hope to meet the need for an alternative approach to teaching which will challenge the ongoing cultivation of fascism, anti-democracy, chauvinism and other regressive perceptions that are highlighted by relevant studies. With the help of other NGOs and stakeholders, this manual will be disseminated to island-wide CSOs, educators and libraries both in Cyprus and abroad.

  • Final publication on Peace Education

Following the International Conference on a Culture of Peace, (visit the next page for more info!) we will produce a publication on how to implement Peace Education projects in schools. It will cover the entire project, its methodology and activities, as well as the difficulties and successes experienced. It will contain highlights of the discussions that take place at the Conference, and recommendations for similar initiatives. Schools will be able to use this tool when designing their own projects, through following suggestions which may help to enrich their action plans against violence, bullying, or other phenomena that they may be dealing with. As well as to NGOs, primary and secondary schools in Cyprus, this manual will also be distributed to institutions abroad. It is our hope that through this publication, our project will set Cyprus as an example and a proto-type for Europe and elsewhere, of how Education for a Culture of Peace can be integrated in divided societies.

We will also use this publication in the future to advocate for ‘integrated’ schools in Cyprus and abroad, by including clear guidelines on how such initiatives should be launched, and how NGOs can start campaigning towards this cause. It is our hope that, by including sections on educational reform, this will be a part of wider, international efforts for reconciliation and integration in educational settings.