Kyriakos Pachoulides

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Affiliated Organizations
  • AHDR Co-President
  • Education Officer, Commissioner for Childrens Rights

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

<span style="font-weight: 400">Cyprus is an island where two ethic groups/ communities are divided geographically and politically. I work with an NGO - Association for Historical Dialogue and Research- which is working with a variety of educational and cultural/ artistic tools to create opportunities for people - especially young ones and children - to come together in a variety of settings. The belief that sustainable peace is founded on cooperation, mutual respect and understanding is what gets me going in my Peace Education related work.  </span>

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

The most noteworthy moment in my peace education related work was when, as an organisation, we managed to establish the educational program "Imagine" which is being supported at an official level by political and educational authorities from across the divide. The program is bringing together on a regular basis elementary and high school children to participate in peace education based workshops and activities.

How and why did you start working in peace education?

I'm a teacher by profession and my family has suffered from the current division. I got involved in the peace movement in Cyprus as soon as I personally realised that the only way to give an end to the current division of our country and our society is to work for peace by providing the new generations with tools to make this possible.