The Minister of Education and Culture participated in the Education, Youth, Culture and Sport Council of the EU

The Minister of Education and Culture, Mr Costas Kadis, participated in the Education, Youth, Culture and Sport Council of the EU, which was held on Friday, February 17, 2017, in Brussels.

At the Council, EU Education Ministers invited to discuss the contribution of education and training to social cohesion and the fostering of common European values in the framework of the European Semester 2017.

In his intervention, Minister Kadis presented the vision of Cyprus Ministry of Education and Culture for shaping citizens with an integrated personality, democratic ethos and respect for diversity, and he made a reference to the strategy that the ministry follows, which gives emphasis on providing quality education to all learners and reducing educational inequalities

Minister Kadis further referred to the target set by the Ministry in the schools of Cyprus, in the last two years, for raising awareness among students against racism and intolerance, and promoting equality and respect.

Further, Mr Kadis informed his counterparts on the Education Ministers’ Conference under the topic “Safeguarding democracy through Education”, which is going to be held in March 22-23, 2017, in Lefkosia, in the framework of the Cyprus Presidency of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe. The Conference will provide a step for Ministers to discuss a number of challenges that educational systems face nowadays, such as combating violent extremism and radicalization which leads to terrorism, and the formation of inclusive societies. Minister Kadis invited his counterparts to participate in the Conference and thanked the EU Commissioner responsible for Education, Youth, Culture and Sport, Mr Tibor Navracsics, for accepting the addressed invitation.

On the sidelines of the EU Education Council, Minister Kadis visited the European School of Brussels III and the Greek Department attended by Cypriot students, and discussed with the school director issues related to staffing, curriculum and partnerships that could be developed with schools in Cyprus. Lastly, Mr Kadis had the opportunity to visit the Greek-speaking teaching classes and talk with students and teachers from Cyprus.

Source: Press and Information Office