Our Inspiring Workshops for Educators

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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.

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“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”.

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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