The Structured Dialogue Design Process (SDDP) was applied in order to enable educators to engage in a democratic and participatory process. It was used in order to extract their viewpoints on the current situation of the educational systems on the island, and to identify their problems and needs in regards to the Culture of Violence that currently prevails in Cypriot schools. The triggering question that facilitated this process was “What are the characteristics of the ideal educational system you envision for Cyprus?”. Participants felt empowered and took ownership of the ideas produced collectively in the groups; this facilitated the design of specific actions in the context of their school units and the specific project. It is worth mentioning that these ideas constitute an invaluable input for the design of next year’s workshops.
“Education for a Culture of Peace” Project also traveled to Larnaca and engaged educators by training them to promote a Culture of Peace, in the place of a Culture of War, in a sustainable way within the school system. As Betty Reardon, one of the mothers of Peace Education, puts it, “the training of teachers for peace education should be a major goal of educational policy throughout the world”.