CARDET welcomes new and existing readers to the fifth newsletter issued within the project Raising Awareness on Development Cooperation (RADC). This newsletter is published every four months and contains information related to Development Cooperation and Global Education.

In the past few months CARDET has been quite active in reviewing the online learning platform and the relevant MDG modules through a series of pilot implementations and workshops. Currently, the online platform is at the last stage of development before its official launch. Additionally, three projects funded by the Solidarity Funds are almost completed and CARDET presented their preliminary outcomes in a Press Conference on June 15, 2011. CARDET also participated in a series of local and international events related to Development Policies and Development Cooperation. Specifically, our participation in the Regional Consultation Meeting of the Commonwealth People's Forum 2011 and in the Cyprus NGO Fair 2011 was of significant importance. In both events, CARDET disseminated information about the RADC project and raised awareness on issues related to Development Cooperation. Furthermore, we have been working on other local and European projects, such as the Lifelong Learning Programme "Financial Literacy Competencies for Adult Learners", for which a Gap Analysis Report on Financial Literacy in Cyprus was recently drafted.

We hope that this periodic publication provides a venue for collaboration among NGOs, Universities, and individuals in order to engage in the Development Cooperation debate and positively influence the ongoing efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.

Warm Regards,

Charalambos Vrasidas
Executive Director
CARDET, www.cardet.org

Press Conference on 3 projects under the Solidarity Funds - June 15, 2011

In June 15, 2011, CARDET organised a Press Conference to present the outcomes and deliverables of 3 projects awarded by the Ministrry of Interior in the context of the European Solidarity Funds. The Press Conference took place at the University of Nicosia (UNESCO Amphitheatre) between 10:00am - 12:00pm. The three projects presented were:

  1. Research on Migrants' (Third Country Nationals') perspectives on public services in Cyprus
  2. Development and Publication of an Information Package about Cyprus in Various Languages for Third Country Nationals (TCNs)
  3. Development and Publication of a Country of origin/residence Information Guide for Returnees

The first two projects are co-funded by the European Integration Fund (75%) and the Republic of Cyprus (25%) and the third project is co-funded by the European Return Fund (75%) and the Republic of Cyprus (25%).

During the Press Conference, CARDET presented the development process and the final drafts of the Information Package about Cyprus for TCNs and the Guides for Returnees. Particular emphasis was given to the presentation of preliminary results of the first Pancyprian Research on Migrants' (Third Country Nationals') Perspectives on Public Services in Cyprus.

For more information about these projects you can visit the project websites ([1], [2], [3]).

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MDG modules soon to be available online

The Raising Awareness on Development Cooperation (RADC) project partners are happy to announce that the curriculum development for the project is expected to be completed by the end of June 2011. In total, the curriculum will include 8 modules related to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). These modules were designed in alignment to the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) in order to facilitate their formal implementation in the future and their adaptation by institutions and organisations in other countries. The modules will be available online through the project's eLearning platform. If you are interested to receive more information about these modules or to include them in your teaching please contact us at info@cardet.org.

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Vocational Training Programmes held in Cyprus with great success

The "Training Programme for Persons with International Protection Status" is a project aiming to support people with international protection status to be succesfully integrated in the Cyprus labor market and the local society, through vocational training programs. The project has been a great success, providing learning opportunities to beneficiaries in a variety of employment-related courses. The programme consisted of courses on the following thematic units: Air-conditioning, Computer skills (basic and advanced level), Business administration and entrepreneurship, Web design, Mentorship, nd Employment strategies.

The programme was offered by CARDET and INNOVADE LI in Nicosia, Limassol, and Larnaca. Classes were held from February to June 2011. This project is co-funded by the European Refugee Fund (75%) and the Republic of Cyprus (25%) (Action 2, European Refugee Fund 2009).

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ORSEN Developmental Team meeting in Austria

Delegates from each partner country attended the developmental team meeting in Austria on Friday 29th and Saturday 30th May 2011. The objective of the ORSEN project is to develop the first open access Special Education Needs virtual classroom thus enabling any student with access to a computer to avail of personalized structured learning programs that address their specific needs within a formal classroom setting. During the developmental meeting, the partners discussed the most appropriate options for curricula development for the target group. The partners also discussed in detail the preliminary results of the research report from each of the partner countries.

The findings and recommendations are in alignment with the key principles of the European Agency for Development in Special Needs Education (2009) report.

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Financial Literacy: Cyprus Gap Analysis Report

CARDET developed a Gap Analysis Report on the status of Financial Literacy in Cyprus in the context of its involvement in the European Lifelong Learning project "Financial Literacy Competencies for Adult Learners". The Report attempts to identify the existing opportunities for involvement of the general public in Financial Literacy Schemes in Cyprus. The report provides an overview of public and private services and organisations, which offer some form of financial literacy programmes (training and information sharing). In addition, it analyses the views of selected experts, collected through questionnaires and interviews. Finally, the report provides suggestions for improvement/development of Financial Literacy Programmes.

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RADC 3rd semester meeting in Romania

The RADC 3rd Semester meeting, hosted by World Vision Romania, took place at the Political Science Department of the University of Bucharest in Romania on June 21-22, 2011. The meeting was attended by the project partners (World Vision Romania, CARDET, KOPIN, and University of Piraeus) along with the participation of content experts working with World Vision. The major objectives of the meeting were the finalization of the Online Modules, the initiation of the development of Study Cases for the Information Toolkit, and the discussion on the overall progress of the project and the next steps.

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Cyprus NGO Fair 2011

The NGO Support Centre and the Management Centre organised an NGO Fair, in the context of the UNDP supported project "ENGAGE – Do your part for Peace". The main objective of the fair was to bring together Cypriot NGOs and the public. The NGOs presented their work and activities to the public. The event attracted more than 30 NGOs, numerous representatives from state and local authorities and hundreds of visitors.

CARDET participated in the fair, both in Nicosia and in Limassol, giving out information on its current projects and its recent publications such as the Cyprus Report for Social Watch and the book "ICT for Educational Development and Social Justice". Particular emphasis was given to the dissemination of the EuropeAid project "Raising Awareness on Development Cooperation". CARDET informed other NGOs and the public on the progress of the project and invited them to access the project website and eLearning platform to find out more information about it.

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Research on Third Country Nationals' views on Cyprus Public Services

CARDET was recently awarded with a project by the Cyprus Civil Registration and Migration Department, in order to conduct extensive research on Third Country Nationals' perspectives on Cyprus Public Services. The project is funded by the European Integration Fund. The exploitation of the project outcomes by relevant public and private services is expected to reinforce the integration of Third Country Nationals in the Cypriot society. The project is expected to be completed by the end of June 30, 2011.

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The Commonwealth Foundation organised the Commonwealth People's Forum 2011 regional consultation meeting, concerning European NGOs. The meeting took place in London and CARDET attended the meeting as one of the three NGOs representing Cyprus.

The aim of the meeting was to collect ideas, suggestions, and policy recommendations from European NGOs in various topics including:

  1. The current financial crisis in countries of the Eurozone and how it affected the civil society in the delegates' countries
  2. Outcomes of civil society initiatives funded/facilitated by the European Union (EU) and the Commonwealth (CW) separately
  3. The capability of CW-EU civil society initiatives to provide models of good practice in fostering people-to-people links across overlapping histories/identities in the 21st century

The outcomes of the Regional Consultation Meeting will be presented in the Global Commonwealth People's Forum 2011, which will take place in Australia in October 2011.

CARDET, along with the other Cyprus representatives, provided recommendations regarding the above topics. Moreover, CARDET presented the EuropeAid project "Raising Awareness on Development Cooperation" as a good example of developing joint initiatives with various actors to raise awareness and implement activities related to subjects such as Sustainable Development.

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CARDET Profile

CARDET is a non-profit research and development organisation (NGO) based in Cyprus with partners around the world. CARDET's mission is to inspire next generation education, and to promote research, innovation and development through evidence-based practices, cutting-edge research, and by empowering people.The organization brings together some of the best minds and deepest experience from around the world with a highly energetic and passionate operational team. CARDET has successfully completed projects in more than 20 countries, in partnership with a number of private and public institutions, including EuropeAid, the Research Promotion Foundation, the European Commission, the United Nations Development Program, the International Council for Educational Media, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and Microsoft. For more information, please visit www.cardet.org.

This project is funded by the European Union. In Cyprus, this project is implemented by CARDET. The views expressed in this publication do not necessarily reflect the views of the European Commission.


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