Ellada Evangelou

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What are contexts and issues that you work on? How are you using peace education to address these issues? What keeps you going?

In the context of Cyprus, a division is being made by Cypriots to remember or to forget, to remember the chance for unification and laboring towards a peaceful society, and the option to forget that, and stay in a permanence, infused with priorities related with materialism and consumerism. It has become a struggle, especially as one goes through time, indifference and a distance from remembering has become normalized more and more. Divisions between people, lifestyles and their priorities is now how we chose to live, no longer imposed by external forces. In the context of peace education, I start addressing these issues firstly by adopting the correct geographical definition, referring to the island as a whole (and not only mentioning half of it), and defining its inhabitants as multilingual and multicultural (as opposed to Greek speaking and Greek-Cypriot culture). This way, we offer the possibility to construct an artistic reality through this spectrum with the inclusion of multiple narratives and an acknowledgment of their value.

What has been your most meaningful or noteworthy moment in your peace education career?

There were many striking ones, through the change in people's perspectives, but the most noteworthy is still on its way: it's institutional change.

How and why did you start working in peace education?

I couldn't do otherwise, turning a blind eye would have made me physically ill.