Greek Cypriot teach­ers pay a visit schools in the TRNC

Cyprus Today - - SOUTH CYPRUS -

GREEK Cypriot teach­ers, mem­bers of the bi­com­mu­nal teach­ers’ plat­form, vis­ited schools in North Cyprus last Fri­day.

“To­gether, ed­u­ca­tors can do won­ders for our coun­try,” said Maria Mourada, one of the mem­bers of the group of Greek Cypriot teach­ers.

The gen­eral sec­re­tary of the Turk­ish Cypriot teach­ers’ union (Ktös), Şener El­cil, said that such school vis­its are or­gan­ised an­nu­ally, whereby Greek Cypriot teach­ers visit schools in the North dur­ing their Christ­mas break while Turk­ish Cypriot teach­ers visit schools in the South dur­ing their hol­i­days in Fe­bru­ary.

Teach­ers have a cen­tral role in the ef­fort to erad­i­cate prej­u­dice, hate, and en­mity, Mr El­cil added, not­ing that the time had come for peace and rec­on­cil­i­a­tion, as well as for the re­newal of ne­go­ti­a­tion ef­forts for the so­lu­tion of the Cyprus prob­lem.

“Those who speak Turk­ish and those who speak Greek are all Cypriot, this is their iden­tity and this is their coun­try,” Mr El­cil said. “We want to live free in an in­de­pen­dent Cyprus, with­out armies and for­eign pow­ers.”

The pres­i­dent of Ktoeös, Selma Eylem, also said that teach­ers play an im­por­tant role the so­lu­tion of the Cyprus prob­lem and in es­tab­lish­ing a cul­ture of peace.

Greek Cypriot teach­ers in the Turk­ish Cypriot school last Fri­day

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