CARDET - Centre for the Advancement of Research & Development in Educational Technology (Lead Partner)

CARDET is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental, research and development organization based in Cyprus with partners around the world. CARDET is becoming one of the leading institutions in the Mediterranean region for research and development in education, innovation, Information Communication Technologies, and social issues. CARDET's activity includes e-learning, distance education, professional development, instructional design, teacher education and professional development, mobile learning, and research and evaluation.The CARDET team strives to offer the highest quality research and development capabilities and educational opportunities to benefit society.  CARDET brings together an international team of veterans with decades of global expertise in instructional design, e-learning, distance education, educational reform, educational innovation, and evaluation. They have been advising schools, education institutions, and Ministries of Education in Asia, Europe, and the USA. Members of the CARDET team have successfully participated in projects in more than 20 countries, several of which were supported by the European Commission, The National Science Foundation, the US Department of Education, Microsoft, The Commonwealth of Learning, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and the Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation.

 

Kopin - Koperazzjoni Internazzjonali

Kopin is a voluntary organisation based in Malta which works in the field of North-South cooperation, Development and Global Citizenship Education and advocacy for development-related issues. Although Kopin is not bound to any other organisation it has good relations with a number of Maltese and foreign organisations. Ever since its foundation in 2000, a main aim of Kopin is to network with other NGOs so as to share experiences and expertise with a focus on development cooperation and Development Education and to build a strong position in advocating for fair North-South relations that have a focus on the Southern, rights-based perspective. Kopin is the founding organisation of The National Platform of Maltese NGDOs, which it coordinated until May 2006. At present, a member of Kopin is the chairperson of SKOP. Kopin is also a member of the Maltese Forum for Justice and Cooperation. It actively engages in Concord and SKOP working groups and collaborates with networks like TRIALOG and EUROSTEP. The organisation has implemented a number of projects in the fields of North-South Collaboration, such as Global Action Schools (GAS), Building Unity Through Diversity (BUTD) and a project on “Strengthening the Capacity of Civil Society in Malta, Cyprus and Slovenia to engage effectively in Dialogue with the European Institutions over Sustainable Livelihood in the Mediterranean and the Barcelona Process”.

 

University of Piraeus Research Center

The University of Piraeus Research Center (UPRC) has as its primary purpose to meet the needs of primary & secondary education, adult learning organisations as well as the enterprises and organizations of the private and public sector on subjects concerning designing, programming and effective control of elearning and in general net-centric systems. UPRC staff have a lot of experience in the design of elearning environments, development of elearning course modules as well as teacher training programmes about the use of e-learning technologies in schools. UPRC also has a lot of experience from several EU funded projects on the design of course modules relevant with Development Education and Cooperation policies. Recently, UPRC participated to the international ImagineCup competition, which was organised by Microsoft, and proposed an innovative social interactive educational TV about the Millennium Development Goals.

 

World Vision Romania Foundation (WVRF)

World Vision is a Christian relief, development and advocacy organization dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice. World Vision started its work in Romania 20 years ago and it is now concentrated on fighting rural poverty. WVRF is a founding member of FOND (the Romanian platform of NGDOs) and its development education working group (DEWG). Since 2007, when FOND was established, WVRF was actively involved in organizing and participating to major development – related events such as the DEEEP Summer School in 2009 or the three editions of the Romanian Development Camp. WVRF initiated various activities for raising the awareness regarding Romania’s new role as a donor country (ex. a successful bed-net campaign in Constanta). In 2008 and 2009 WVRF implemented a UNDP-financed project to raise citizens’ awareness on the MDGs. MDG6 was chosen by WVRF as focal awareness raising objective. The project had two main aims: 1) advocate for Romania to introduce innovative funding mechanisms for development (ex. the UNITAID system); b) show concrete examples for involvement for young citizens. At the time being, WVRF also implements a second EU-funded project in development education called “Peer Up!”, which is run in partnership with World Vision Germany and World Vision Austria. “Peer Up!” will raise the global development awareness of Romanian citizens, and in particular of young people from Cluj. The main development issues that will be reflected will be: HIV / AIDS, maternal and child health and food security.

 

University of Malta (Centre for Environmental Education and Research)

The University of Malta has conducted over the years a number of undergraduate and graduate courses in Environmental and Development Education, as well as supervised research in the area. Lead agency in a three year EC Grundtvig project called “Community Centres for Sustainable Living”. Member of Scientific Committees of two 21-02-03 current projects. The Centre for Environmental Education and Research of the University of Malta, which will be responsible for this project, has been involved in the following EU funded projects: (1) Socrates Grundtvig 1, 2002 – 2005. Community Centres promoting Sustainable Living. Cyprus, Greece, Latvia, Italy, Romania, Spain and UK. Co-ordinator; (2) TEPEE (Socrates Comenius 3), 2002 – 2005. Towards a European Portfolio for Environmental Education. Italy (co-ordinator), Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Portugal, Romania and Sweden. Partner; (3) SEEPS (Socrates Comenius 2.1), 2001 – 2003. Developing, Sustaining and Evaluating Sustainable Practices in European Primary Schools. UK (co-ordinator), Greece, Hungary, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia and Sweden. Partner; (4) AFANet (Thematic Network), 2000 – 2003. Multi- and Inter-disciplinary project in Agriculture, Forestry, Aquaculture, the Environment and the Rural Economy. UK (co-ordinator), Denmark, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands. Partner; (5) BIO-HEAD CITIZEN (FP6-2002-Citizens-2), 2004 – 2007. Biology, health and environmental education for better citizenship. France, Germany, Portugal (co-ordinators), Algeria, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Italy Lebanon, Lithuania, Morocco, Mozambique, Poland, Romania, Senegal, Switzerland, Tunisia and UK.

 

University of Nicosia (Associate Partner)

UNic is the largest private university in Cyprus with over 5000 students. It is an independent, co-educational, equal opportunity university, with quality standards and an international philosophy. It has experience in coordinating grants funded by the EU and Cyprus. It has the only UNESCO Chair for intercultural dialogue in Cyprus and also through its affiliations hosts the Head of the National Network of the Anna Lindh Foundation. Its School of Education is recognized for the quality of the teacher training it provides and the research it undertakes. Several of the professors teach courses and publish articles that pertain to intercultural education. UNic awards two undergraduate degrees (in pre-primary and primary education) and a graduate degree in three directions (Educational Leadership, Theory Practice and Evaluation of Teaching and Special Education). It organizes numerous conferences, seminars, training courses and workshops for educators and educational administrators.

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