Government of the Republic of Cyprus

03/20/2017 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 03/20/2017 07:17

European and Mediterranean Ministers of Education discuss ways to secure democracy through education, in Lefkosia

20/03/2017 14:31
European and Mediterranean Ministers of Education discuss ways to secure democracy through education, in Lefkosia

The Ministry of Education and Culture, in cooperation with the Council of Europe, is organizing a Ministerial Conference under the heading 'Securing Democracy through Education' on the 22nd and 23rd of March 2017, in Lefkosia. The conference is under the auspices of the Cyprus Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe and is considered as one of the emblematic conferences the Cypriot presidency will hold. The great importance of the conference lies in its subject and the composition of the participants.

The conference, which will bring together the Ministers of Education from the member states of the Council of Europe and Ministers of Education from South Mediterranean countries, will be chaired by the Minister of Education and Culture, Mr Costas Kadis. The Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Mrs Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni, and the European Commissioner for Education, Youth and Sports, Mr Tibor Navracsics, will also participate in the conference. The challenges that education systems face today, will be at the center of discussions and the combat against violent extremism and the radicalization which leads to terrorism, the creation of societies without any exclusions and developing respect for what is called different, are some of the main topics of discussion.

Cyprus was actively involved in the preparation of the program of the Conference, as well as its implementation. Primary concern was to ensure the maximum possible participation, as well as a vast diversity of opinions. About 200 delegates will participate in the Conference, of which more than fifteen participants will be Ministers, Under- Secretaries and Heads of International Organizations. At the same time, actions have been taken in order for the Conference in Lefkosia to provide the opportunity to all representatives to hold bilateral meetings and sign agreements. In this framework, Mr Costas Kadis will hold a series of bilateral meetings with his counterparts from the member states of the Council of Europe and those of the South Mediterranean countries.

During the Ministerial Conference and in the framework of the Council of Europe against hate speech, a collection of artworks from Cypriot students, including the laureate piece 'Refugees', which promote equality and respect, will be accommodated on 'Filoxenia' Conference Centre. Through their art, the students of Cyprus prove that they are not passive receivers of what is happening around them, but on the contrary, they have reasoning, opinion and sensitivities that they express in a genuine and dynamic way, indicating in the best possible manner their presence in the Cyprus Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe.

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