In her press statement, Mehveş Beyidoğlu, POST RI’s Secretary General, informed guests about the short term and long term activities of the NGO since 2002. She also mentioned that Education for Peace III is one of the most important projects of POST RI. The project, financed by the European Commission consists of three headings, namely history textbook analysis, study tours to historical and cultural sites and seminars and workshops which are to be organised for historians, history teachers and history lovers.
Beyidoğlu emphasised that education plays a crucial role in communities where ethnic conflict exists and that was the reason why since 2004, POST was largely working on projects related to peace education.
“The ongoing project running in partnership with the Association for Historical Dialogue and Research, initiated in September 2009, will contribute to the increase in the quality of history teaching which in turn will pave the way to improve dialogue and multiperspectivity in Cyprus”, said Beyidoglu. She also said that the first two projects were previously financed by UNDP-ACT and USAID.
At the end of her speech, Beyidoğlu, paid particular thanks to the Turkish Cypriot Primary Education Teachers’ Union (KTOS), the Turkish Cypriot Secondary Education Teachers Union (KTOEOS), EU Programme Support Office (EUPSO), UNDP-ACT and USAID and the Association for Historical Dialogue and Research (AHDR).
Following the press statement a cocktail was given at the new office and certificates were presented to the guests who participated in the Nicosia Cultural Treasure Study Tour organised by POST RI on 21, November 2009.
During the cocktail, Shirin-Jetha, the Project Coordinator, provided guests with further information about the Education for Peace III project.
The event concluded after the POST team answered questions posed by the audience.