Introductory Training to Peace Education in Platres

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From the 16th to the 18th of January the Education for a Culture of Peace team, including the project team, members of the project Advisory Board and trainers, gathered in Platres for an introductory training to Peace Education. It was a fun-packed, but relaxing weekend which gave us the opportunity to refocus our energies, review the progress of the project so far and prepare for the coming months’ activities. When we weren’t socializing, cooking together, or playing games until well into the night, we were engaged in workshops and discussions where we reviewed the basic pillars of a Culture of Peace, exchanging and expressing views about each. Against the backdrop of a blue sky and pine trees, through a series of videos, games, quizzes and thought-provoking discussions we explored some of the most important issues in our field, including dismantling a culture of war, building intercultural respect and solidarity, living with justice and compassion, and promoting human rights and responsibilities. As this training served as a practice-run for those we will delivers to teachers across the island, we shared good and bad practices when implementing a Culture of Peace in schools and dealing with these issues, drawing from examples from schools in Cyprus. Over the course of three days we brought our skills, ideas and priorities together, discussing all aspects from the project from communications and strategies to the budget. It was a wonderful way to spend a weekend and to reflect on why each of us is pushing for a Culture of Peace in Cyprus; we would like to thank everyone who joined us from Nicosia and beyond for continuing to dedicate their time and effort to the project and to peace, and Louis and Eleni for doing such a great job of guiding us through the workshops and providing us with huge inspiration and motivation. Watch this space for upcoming activities!

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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