On June 28, 2013, CARDET held the second national consultative workshop within the framework of the project Improving and Monitoring Protection systems Against Child Trafficking and exploitation (IMPACT). IMPACT, is an 18-month project executed by a partnership of four non-governmental organisations in Cyprus, Greece, Italy and Portugal. The implementing organisations are the Centre for the Advancement of Research & Development in Educational Technology (CARDET) in Cyprus, Family and Childcare Centre (KMOP) in Greece, Defence for Children International (DCI) in Italy and the Centre for Social Intervention Studies (CESIS) in Portugal. The project is funded with the support of the Prevention of and Fight Against Crime Programme of the European Commission.

CARDET (Centre for the Advancement of Research and Development in Educational Technology LTD), in collaboration with the consultancy firm INNOVADE L.I. LTD, and with the support of the European Integration Fund and the Ministry of Interior has undertaken the project Action C1: Research on educators’ perceptions and behaviours on issues pertaining to Third Country Nationals (TCNs) and suggestions for improving TCNs’ integration in the local society.

The project involves a first-of-its-kind nationwide research, which aims to investigate the perceptions, attitudes, and behaviours of educators in primary, secondary, and tertiary level educational institutions in Cyprus regarding issues pertaining to TCNs. The research involved the participation of more than 1500 educators through the completion of questionnaires, interviews, and focus groups. Based on their experience, educators were asked to express their perceptions on issues related to TCNs, as well as describe the pedagogical practices that they implement in order to aid TCNs be integrated in the educational system. The research aims to contribute to the improvement of intercultural education and the integration of TCNs in the educational environment in Cyprus through the provision of suggestions and best practices.

Within the framework of the aforementioned research project, CARDET and INNOVADE L.I. LTD are organizing a press conference in order to present the research results. The press conference will take place on Wednesday 26/06/2013 at 10 am, at the UNESCO Amphitheatre of the University of Nicosia. At the event, Dr. Athena Michaelidou, Director of the Cyprus Pedagogical Institute, and a representative of the Solidarity Funds of the Ministry of Interior will deliver an address.

On May 17, 2013, CARDET held the first national consultative workshop within the framework of the project Improving and Monitoring Protection systems Against Child Trafficking and exploitation (IMPACT). IMPACT, is an 18-month project executed by a partnership of four non-governmental organisations in Cyprus, Greece, Italy and Portugal. The implementing organisations are the Centre for the Advancement of Research & Development in Educational Technology (CARDET) in Cyprus, Family and Childcare Centre (KMOP) in Greece, Defence for Children International (DCI) in Italy and the Centre for Social Intervention Studies (CESIS) in Portugal. The project is funded with the support of the Prevention of and Fight Against Crime Programme of the European Commission.

The international research centre CARDET, in collaboration with the consultancy firm INNOVADE LI LTD, launched on January2013, the project “Research on educators’ behaviours and perceptions on issues pertaining to Third Country Nationals (TCNs) and suggestions for improving TCNs’ integration in the local society” (Action C1, European Integration Fund 2011). The project was awarded by the Department of the Solidarity Funds of the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Cyprus and is co-funded by the European Fund for the Integration of Third Country Nationals (75%) and the Republic of Cyprus (25%). For more information please click here.

CARDET would like to invite you to a 2-day educational seminar organised within the framework of the project “GATE - Guardians for separated children Against Trafficking and any form of Exploitation: Standards and Training for the qualification of guardians for separated children against trafficking and exploitation”.

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.