Education Ministers from Europe and the Mediterranean to discuss “Ensuring democracy through education” in Nicosia

Cyprus will host a conference of Education Ministers on the theme “Ensuring democracy through Education”, which is organised by the Ministry of Education and Culture in collaboration with the Council of Europe on 22 and 23 March.

According to an official press release, the Conference is organised within the framework of the Cyprus Presidency of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe. The great importance of the conference, it is noted, lies both in its content and in the composition of the participants.

The Conference, which will be chaired by Minister of Education and Culture, Costas Kadis, will bring together Ministers of Education of Member States of the Council of Europe and the Ministers of Education of the Southern Mediterranean countries.

Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Gabriella Gragoni and the European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, Tibor Navracsics will also participate.

Issues of discussion will be the challenges faced today by education systems, the fight against violent extremism and radicalization leading to terrorism, building inclusive societies and develop respect for diversity are the main of them.

Cyprus has actively participated in shaping the conference program to ensure maximum participation and variety of views. About 200 delegates, including more than 15 Ministers, Deputy Ministers and Heads of International Organizations will attend the meeting.

All measures have been taken to ensure that the Conference in Nicosia will provide an opportunity for all participating countries to have bilateral contacts.

In this context, Kadis will hold a series of bilateral meetings with his counterparts from Member States of the Council of Europe and the southern Mediterranean countries while a Cooperation Programme is expected to be signed between Cyprus and Greece in the Education sector.

The Conference Centre “FILOXENIA” will host creations by Cypriot students, including the award winning “Immigrants” project, promoting equality and respect, in the context of the CoE campaign against the rhetoric of hatred.

Source: Cyprus News Agency