Revitalising the “dead zone”: An Educational Centre and Home for Cooperation
Thanks to this project, Switzerland is making its contribution to easing the strained relations between the Greek and Turkish communities in Cyprus. Support is being provided to a center for encounter and culture in Nicosia, located in the buffer zone between the Greek-Cypriot and Turk-Cypriot quarters of the city. This encounter center is being inaugurated at a time when a rapprochement between the two communities can be discerned.
Thema / Schwerpunktbereich
Cypriots of both sides of the division, local and international NGOs
The project is based on the conviction that the two main obstacles confronting civil society are: i) the lack of infrastructure for intercommunity activities, and ii) inadequate skills for identifying and mobilising support within legal procedures. The aim of the project is to transform the image of segregation of the “dead zone” into a symbol of cooperation.
Contribute to the revitalisation of the buffer zone between the Greek and Turkish parts of Cyprus through promoting communication between people of different ethnic origin, religion and language.
Purchase (not part of Switzerland’s contribution) and renovate a building within a zone of high historical importance and contemporary symbolic value, and to transform it into a multi-community education center.
Purchase (not part of Switzerland’s contribution), renovate, equip and refit the exterior of the building in the buffer zone.
Public access (2,000 visits p.a.) to the intercommunity museum, exhibition centre, offer courses, etc.
Growing interest in the study and teaching of the history of Cyprus (800 teachers p.a.).
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