On October 10, 2012, the consortium of the Daphne project “Using New Media to prevent and combat against Media Violence” will organize training seminars and workshops about how to use the new media to prevent and combat media violence. The seminars and the workshops will start at 18:00 at the University of Nicosia. For more information please click here.

On October 10, 2012, the consortium of the Daphne project “Using New Media to prevent and combat against Media Violence” organized training seminars and workshops at the University of Nicosia. In the framework of the training and the workshops the participants were informed about how to monitor and guide children to safely use the new social networking applications and how to use them themselves. For more information you can read the event newsletter here.

CARDET recently participated in the Comenius Thematic Meeting on Literacy, Maths & Science "Together for Basic Skills" on the 6th and 7th of December 2012, which took place in Brussels. Dr. Charalambos Vrasidas, the Executive Director of CARDET and Associate Professor at the University of Nicosia, presented projects that the Center participates in, and shared experiences with European leaders and researchers.

This event brought together coordinators of Comenius centralized multilateral projects and networks, Comenius decentralized projects, coordinators of other LLP actions (Leonardo, Grundtvig, Erasmus) and projects of DG Research. It provided a forum to share experience and knowledge with other relevant actors in Literacy, Maths, and Science. The specific objectives of the meeting were:

CARDET participated at the Expert Conference on Integration of Immigrants, after an invitation from the Cyprus Presidency of the Council of the European Union, which organized the conference. The conference took place in November 20, 2012 in Nicosia, Cyprus. The conference focused on ‘the role of local and regional authorities in shaping and implementing the national integration policies’.

More info about the conference and the presentations of the speakers are available here.

Sotiris Themistokleous, Assistant Director of CARDET, and Member of the Coordination Committee of the Mediterranean Migration Network, participated at the second meeting of the Advisory Group of the project VREN - Voluntary Return European Network, where he delivered a presentation on “How to foster the sustainability of newly set up networks: Lessons learned from the Mediterranean Migration Network”.

The AG meeting of the VREN (8 November 2012, Brussels) was co-chaired by the International Organization of Migration and the UK Government. The meeting primarily focused on fine-tuning the tools VREN offers in order to increase its effectiveness and foster cooperation among its members. Secondly, it discussed ways to maximize the use of VREN for the design and implementation of regional activities among Member States, civil societies and agencies working in the field.

The non-profit research organisation CARDET, in collaboration with the consultancy firm INNOVADE LI, launched the project Provision of Evaluation Services for the continuous assessment and final evaluation of the “Programme against early school leaving, school failure, and delinquency in Education Priority Zones”, which was awarded by the Cyprus Ministry of Education and Culture (MOEC). The primary objective of the project is to evaluate whether the following goals set out for these Zones are fulfilled:

  • Reduction of early school leaving
  • Reduction of school failure
  • Reduction of delinquency
  • Strengthening of social cohesion by reducing social marginalisation and exclusion

On 15-17 October 2012, the European Network of Education Councils (EUNEC) organised a conference on the theme of migration and education, hosted by the colleagues from the Pedagogical Institute in the Cyprus MOEC (Ministry of Education and Culture). A combination of presentations and discussions with international experts, debate in workshops and a school visit to two school in the ZEP (Zone of Educational Priority) in Larnaca, will lead to common statements on the subject.

All presentations from the conference, as well as the programme and the background documents that have been prepared by EUNEC members can be found here.

On October 8, 2012, the consortium of the Daphne project “Using New Media to prevent and combat against Media Violence” organized an info day seminar at the University of Nicosia. In the framework of the info day seminar, the consortium presented the goals, aims, and activities of the project. A substantial amount of students, parents, teachers, and other stakeholders attended the info day seminar and were informed about how to monitor and guide children to safely use the new social networking applications and how to use them themselves.

The European Migration Network (EMN) is organizing its Annual Conference 2012, which is taking place in Cyprus, from Monday, 29th October – Tuesday, 30th October 2012. The Conference will be under the auspices of the Cyprus Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The topic of this year’s Conference is “Immigration of International Students to the EU” and the goal is to bring together experts to exchange good practices, experiences and views (policy makers and practitioners, academics, NGOS etc) as well as to present the results of the main study for 2012 on the same topic.

In this context, the Organizing Committee of the Conference (Cyprus Ministry of Interior) invites the members of the MMN to attend the conference.

CARDET, the Family and Childcare Centre (Greece), Defence for Children International (Italy), and Centro de Estudos para a Intervenção Social (Portugal) launched in September 2012, the project “IMPACT- Improving and Monitoring Protection systems Against Child Trafficking and exploitation”. The project has been awarded by the European Commission Directorate-General for Home Affairs and its duration is 18 months.

The IMPACT project aims at improving and enhancing child protection and child welfare policies’ impact in better preventing and protecting particularly vulnerable categories of children from trafficking and exploitation.