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.