Friday, 8 May 2015

16 MAY 2015_INVITATION/PROGRAMME & PRESS RELEASE – Open Discussion: Lessons learnt from the success in Cyprus of the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) “Invest in Education”


INVITATION/PROGRAMME – Lessons learnt from the success of the European Citizens’ Initiative in Cyprus “Invest in Education” Under the patronage of the European Commission Representation in Cyprus Saturday, 16th May, 2015 (09:00 -13:20) University of Cyprus, Room B108 (building «AG Leventis»).

INVITATION

We cordially invite you to the open discussion:

Lessons learnt from the success of the European Citizens’ Initiative in Cyprus “Invest in Education”
Under the patronage of the European Commission Representation in Cyprus

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Saturday, 16th May, 2015 (09:00 -13:20)
University of Cyprus, Room B108 (building «AG Leventis»).

Working Languages: Greek, Turkish, English with simultaneous interpretation

Organisers:
The Cyprus Volunteers’ Team of Supporters
of the European Citizens’ Initiative “Invest in Education”
InvEd
Philosophy Association of the University of Cyprus (UCY)
ΣυΝΚ

Co-organisers:
Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) Office in Cyprus
FES
Cyprus Youth Council (CYC)
ΣυΝΚ

Supporters:
Diktyo-Network for Reform in Greece and Europe
DIKTIO

Sponsors:
Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES)

Media Sponsors:
Φιλελεύθερος
Cyprus Weekly

PROGRAMME:

9:00-09:30 Welcome coffee and registration.

PART A
09:30-09:35 Welcome address by Alexandros Tambakis, Chair of Organising Committee & Zoe Papageorgiou, President of UCY Philosophy Association.

09:35-09:55 Addresses:
• Georgios Markopouliotis: Director of the Representation of the European Commission in Cyprus.
• Constantinos P. Constantinou: Vice Rector for International Relations, Economics and Management
• Yiannis Yiannakis: Presidential Commissioner for Volunteerism and NGOs.
• Despina Chapoupi: President of the Cyprus Youth Council.

09:55-10:00 Mertkan Hamit: The contribution of Turkish Cypriots to the Initiative
10:00-10:15 Iacovos Psaltis: The Cypriot Member of the 7-European ECI Organising Committee – The local results and how we worked
10:15-10:30 Vasilis Kiliaris & Yiannis Trimithiotis from the Cyprus Volunteers’ Team of Supporters of the European Citizens’ Initiative Invest in Education – Lessons learned from the Initiative Invest in Education and the next day.
10:30-10:50 Ioannis Christodoulou: Lecturer of Philosophy of the University of Cyprus – Education: the future of an investment with sustainable performance.
10:50-11:10 Anestis Anastasiou, Academy of Entrepreneurship (AKEP) «Increased employability via innovation, partnerships and mobility»

11:10-11:40 Discussion with the audience

11:40-12:10 Coffee break
PART B
12:10-12:30 Anna Diamantopoulou: President of Diktyo, ex Education Minister of Greece & ex European Commissioner – ECI Invest in Education, the idea, the realisation, the outcome and the next steps.
12:30-12:50 Androulla Vassiliou: Former EU Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multiculturalism and Youth – The place of education under Europe 2020 Strategy and the MFF 2014-2020.

12:50-13:20 Discussion with the audience

Moderator: Christina Kyriakidou: Editor for Educational Issues in Phileleftheros Newspaper

Rapporteur Hakan Karahasan

RSVP by Thursday 14th May 2015: Email: invedcy@gmail.com
Communication: Alexandros Tambakis: + 357 96 892 031
Hakan Karahasan: Tel.:+90 542 855 34 72

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Nicosia , 4 Μαΐου 2015

PRESS RELEASE

Open Discussion:

Lessons learnt from the success in Cyprus of the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) “Invest in Education”

The Cyprus Volunteers’ Team of Supporters to the European Citizens’ Initiative “Invest in Education” and the Philosophy Association of the University of Cyprus, organise the above event under the patronage of the European Commission Representation in Cyprus on Saturday, 16th May 2015, (09:00–13:20 at the University of Cyprus (Amphitheatre Β108, Council –Senate Building A.G. Leventis, UCY Campus, Aglantzia).

The event is coorganised by the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) office in Cyprus, as the main sponsor, and the Cyprus Youth Council (CYC), with the support of the Think-Tank DIKTIO for Reform in Greece and Europe.

The main objectives of the event are the presentation of an overview of the success of the Initiative in Cyprus and the launching of a public consultation around current educational issues. Furthermore, besides the main pillars around which the petition focused – better education and increased spending on research development – the main conclusion that we would like to put forward is that equally important to the securing of the required support statements is the active involvement of tens of local citizens, which resulted in a European first and at the same time in the foundation of a Forum of Active Citizens, which will pursue the goals of the Initiative further, despite the fact that the overall goal of securing 1000000 signatures was not met.[i]

Main speakers at the event, among other distinguished scientists, will be two outstanding political personalities, the President of DIKTIO for Reform in Greece and Europe Ms Anna Diamantopoulou, former EU Commissioner for Employment and Social Affairs & Equal Opportunities and ex Minister of Education, Lifelong Learning and Religious Affairs of Greece, and Ms Androulla Vassiliou, former EU Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth. Furthermore, the event programme features presentations by distinguished guests from the academic and European fields, on topics related to Educational issues in Cyprus and Europe. The public consultation that will follow, will bring to the forth the key role of active citizenship in the modern European world.

The working languages of the event will be Greek, Turkish and English with simultaneous interpretation, thus highlighting the importance of multiculturalism and multilingualism.

RSVP by, 14 May 2015
Communication: Email invedcy@gmail.com
Alexandros Tambakis + 357 96 892 031
Hakan Karahasan +90 542 855 34 72

USEFUL CONTACT DETAILS:
Official Email invedcy@gmail.com
Organizing Committee for the Event
Vasilis Kiliaris (Coordinator of the Cyprus Volunteers' Team) +357 99 097 777
Alexandros Tambakis (Chair of the Organising Committee) +357 96 892 031
Zoe Papageorgiou (President of the UCY Philosophy Association) +357 96 517 531

For more information visit our website: http://invedcy.eu
& Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/invedcy
(Invest in Education – Cyprus)

Better education – Answering to the Crisis

[i] The Cyprus Volunteers’ Team of Supporters to the European Citizens’ Initiative “Invest in Education” is functioning as an informal Forum of Active Citizens, who have a keen interest in European educational issues and in matters that concern the local educational system.