Policy Paper: Education for Sustainable Peace in Cyprus
The AHDR’s vision and priorities for sustainable peace through education in Cyprus are elaborated upon in this Policy Paper to inform the organisation’s work for the years to come, to establish alliances with stakeholders in the field, to make a contribution to the scientific state of art in the field, and to disseminate a comprehensive paper of reference for other entities.
Vision: The Association for Historical Dialogue and Research (AHDR) envisions an education that creates the conditions for children, youth, and teachers to respond effectively to the challenges Cyprus is facing in relation to the existing culture of violenceThis should be done by equipping individuals with the relevant knowledge, skills, and attitudes for creating a culture of peace, and rethinking our relationship with the Earth and with each other. In doing so, the AHDR adheres to international documents and guidelines by international organisations such as the UN, UNESCO and the Council of Europe.
Summary of Recommendations:
- Education needs to become inclusive and participatory by engaging all stakeholders to ensure the sustainability of proposed reforms
- Education needs to follow an evidence-informed and interdisciplinary approach
- Educational stakeholders need to implement creative and innovative learning solutions which involve the development of digital tools and e-learning sources and courses
- The aim of education is to be learner-centred, equipping learners as active citizens
- Sustainable peace is a process of change which requires the establishment of accessible, decentralised, and alternative spaces and collaborative networks
- These steps may allow us to build trust and respect diversity both inter- and intra-communally.
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