A library was officially opened in Lefkosa on Friday as part of a cross-border project aimed at encouraging teachers in Cyprus to be more ”multicultural” in the classroom.
The bi-communal Post Research Institute, which was established in 2002, marked the opening of its first Peace Education Centre and Library with a cycling tour and walk in the UN buffer zone near the Home For Cooperation.
The institute’s Education for a Culture of Peace initiative is in the first year of a three-year programme to provide instruction about ”the culture of peace” to some 160 Turkish Cypriot, Greek Cypriot and Armenian and Maronite teachers throughout the island.
As part of the project, the library in Lefkosa will consist of more than 400 English language books about cultures, peace and society.
Communications Officer Rahme Veziroglu said: ”The education project is progressing successfully and attracting great interest.”
”We are prioritising practical education as people interact with each other and we are now providing a multi-communal class where we also welcome refugees.”
She said that ”multiculturalism” in Cyprus could be achieved in the long-term as people are educated in the subject and learn about it on a face-to-face basis.
”We will also start lessons for students and hope to achieve a society with no discrimination,” she added.
For information on how to donate a book, journal or audio-visual materials to the library, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Yasemin Gulpinar for Cyprus Today