Association for Historical Dialogue & Research (AHDR)
The birth of the Association almost coincided with a historic change that took place on the island when on 23 April 2003 travel restrictions between the two sides of the Green Line in Cyprus were eased and several thousand Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots had their first chance since 1974 to cross the divide. It was evident that, more than ever before, the AHDR had to actively begin to realise its shared mission and vision, and in doing so, recognise the values of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the European Convention on Human Rights, the covenants of Human Rights issued by the United Nations, and the UNESCO recommendations relevant to history teaching.
The AHDR envisions a society where dialogue on issues of history, historiography, history teaching and history learning is welcomed as an integral part of democracy and is considered as a means for the advancement of historical understanding and critical thinking. The association contributes to the advancement of historical understanding amongst the public and more specifically amongst children, youth and educators by providing access to learning opportunities for individuals of every ability and every ethnic, religious, cultural and social background, based on the respect for diversity and the dialogue of ideas.
For further information visit: http://www.ahdr.info/
The Center for Sustainable Peace and Democratic Development” (SeeD) is a peace-building think tank, with regional scope, which grew out of the “Cyprus 2015” project launched in May 2009 with support from UNDP-ACT. Located in the Home for Cooperation building, its intention is to create a bridge between public opinion and the policy level of the Cyprus peace process. Through its novel ‘Participatory Polling’ methodology and a new way to measure peace (the Social Cohesion and Reconciliation - SCORE) index, SeeD provides unique tools for effective and sustainable policy recommendations and informs the peace-building policy debate while ensuring citizen participation in, and ownership of, the peace process.
For further information visit: www.cyprus2015.org/
PeacePlayers International-Cyprus (PPI - CY) is a locally led and Cooperation independently registered charity in Cyprus, housed at the Home. PPI-CY use the game of basketball to allow 8-17 year old Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot boys and girls to play together, learn together and build positive relationships that overcome generations of mistrust and formidable physical barriers to interaction.
PPI - CY is currently the only year-round bicommunal youth sports organization on the island. By facilitating regular, frequent, and structured interaction, it helps reverse prejudices built steadily over years in segregated communities and fosters the long-term trust necessary for true friendship.
In its current programmatic year, PPI - CY works with over 350 children. For more information visit www.peaceplayersintl.org/our-programs/cyprusor blog. (http://blog.peaceplayersintl.org/category/cyprus/)
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Office of the Religious Track
The Religious Track of the Cyprus Peace Process under the Auspices of the Embassy of Sweden is a Swedish led peacebuilding initiative - a more formal and structured Track 2 diplomacy - to encourage the religious leaders of the island to engage constructively in the Cyprus peace process.
The work, which started in 2009, has succeeded to bring all 5 religious leaders of Cyprus together for an engaged and honest dialogue and encouraged them to cooperate in two main areas in which there is interplay between religion and the political process:
- Ensure respect and improve freedom of religion as part of Human Rights, e.g. right to free access and worship, protection and restoration of religious monuments, religious property rights and that these rights are considered in the Cyprus peace process and formal negotiations.
- Explore agendas where religious leaders can offer constructive contributions to the Cyprus peace process and to the complex process of forgiveness and reconciliation.
The Office of the Religious Track of the Cyprus Peace Process Under the Auspices of the Embassy of Sweden – Office of the Religious Track for short, is based at the Home for Cooperation. For further information you can contact the Executive Coordinator, Ms Salpy Eskidjian at email@example.com
Humanitarian Relief Mission was established in 1998. HRM aims to support and enable the efforts of local stakeholders to advocate for human rights, basic freedoms and sustainable peace in Cyprus. HRM responds to the needs and requests of concerned stakeholders by supporting dialogue processes and consultations.
The ultimate aim of HRM is to support stakeholders in reaching common values, cooperation and solidarity.
The Writing Room
How do you start writing? How do you get over ‘the fear of the blank page’? How can you use writing in order to unblock your creativity, think and communicate more effectively? And then, how do you write about your own life? How do you write about things you see or people that interest you? How do you write about your own thoughts, travels, or things you are passionate about? How do you put down the stories you have always wanted to share?
If you want to find out, join us at The Writing Room at the Home for Cooperation for some very exciting (short-term or long-term) writing workshops. Whether what you’re looking for is a way to start writing or a way to get rid of all the thoughts floating around in your mind and gain focus, then this is the right place for you.
All workshops are taught by Dr Nicoletta Demetriou, tutor in Narrative Non-Fiction on the University of Oxford’s Master of Studies in Creative Writing.
No prior experience needed – all are welcome.
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