Education for Peace II

In the Education for Peace II (E4P II) project, the team analysed the revised history textbooks used in lower secondary schools, in relation to text and visual materials and noted the differences between the old and newly revised textbooks. The analysis underscores the constructive approach adopted by the revised history books. Contrary to the old ones, the textual and visual presentation of the revised books do not contain nationalist connotations demonizing the other. It has rather neutral and balanced attitude towards teaching of history.  The most important value of the revised books has been its efficient promotion of the social history which in return upholds the idea of ‘Cypriotness’. It has also been noted that the new books encouraged students to get acquaintance with critical thinking and open-mindedness.

During March 2007, the final report was published and disseminated widely to various stakeholders; articles outlining the main findings of the project were written and published in daily newspapers, workshops were organized in various locations in order to discuss the study and the team’s findings with a wider audience. In addition, the team organized a series of workshops in various areas in the northern part  of the Island, in order to meet with the history teachers teaching and exchange views regarding the use of the new books and teaching methodologies. The team also developed questionnaires, (one for teachers, one for parents and one for students), which were widely disseminated in order to gain a broader understanding of the opionions, issues problems and benefits of the then newly revised textbooks.

The final report is available in pdf format.

About POST Research Institute

POST is a non-profit, non-political organization set up by a group of people to work for the cultural, social, and environmental betterment of Cyprus and established at 2002. Vision: To contribute towards achieving an alternative sustainable future, which comprises of an egalitarian Cypriot society, that recognizes the dignity of every living being. Mission: • On the basis of social equality/justice: o To contribute for creating an open dialogue on issues of peace education and reconciliation and working actively for the unification of the island. o To take action against gender discrimination based on one’s sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression for achieving positive social transformation. o To advance, sensitize and advocate for a multicultural and diverse society in which all differences are recognized, understood and accepted. • To excel as an Institute in the execution of research and participatory action. • To strengthen research capacity in Cyprus. • To strive for ecological sustainability through the prevention of environmental degradation and destruction.
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