Greek Cypriot teachers pay a visit schools in the TRNC
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