CITIZENS IN POWER

Description ǀ Citizens In Power (CIP) is an independent non-profit, non-governmental organization that addresses the needs and demands of people through their involvement in social and civic life, by simultaneously providing them innovative material and free trainings related with a variety of fields, such as education (including on-line education), entrepreneurship and business, culture, labour market and lifelong learning.

CIP mainly aims at the development of education, entrepreneurship and lifelong learning in Cyprus and abroad. To achieve these targets, CIP has an ongoing collaboration with the leading universities, schools, NGOs and research organizations in Cyprus for the development of projects, trainings and educational material.

CIP retains a valuable network of professional trainers and educational experts experienced in both formal and non-formal education. This particular network is considered competent to contribute to the implementation of activities related to the initiatives of CIP and its partners.

Our functions/ our vision
CIP is primarily seeking to:

-expand contemporary methods of different levels of education, by developing both formal and non-formal methods of teaching;
-collaborate with the relevant stakeholders to produce and promote research activity and creativity for the modernization of teaching;
-increase the employability of young people through entrepreneurship education, practical experience and lifelong learning, by simultaneously aiming to reintegrate the marginalized or disadvantaged groups, such as migrants and refugees, into the society in numerous ways and;
-support and train members of its local and international networks in various ways such as the exchange of information and good practices, through the sharing of experiences and ideas.

CIP provides assistance and services in the field of education and economic and social development while it promotes and offers consulting and training services to organizations and individuals in the field of entrepreneurship and business, natural sciences, culture and social economy, by also emphasizing on the acquisition of informal qualifications and the provision of vocational education and training. All the above targets are being accomplished through forums, publications, conferences/seminars, networking, collaboration with other institutions and many other forms of activities.

CIP has already implemented a respectable number of national and EU projects, with a focus on entrepreneurship and business, vocational education, youth and adult education and school education. It has participated in a large number of ERASMUS+ activities, both as partner and leader. Hence, it carries the appropriate experience and know-how to successfully implement such projects. In terms of the projects that CIP has already materialized, a large number of studies and research as well as a variety of specially-designed workshops/conferences/meetings/innovative tools in a number of fields have been successfully completed by the skillful staff of CIP.

CIP’s projects are organized under the management umbrella of four main departments:
(A) Department of Entrepreneurship
(B) Department of Global Education
(C) Department of New Technologies and Innovation
(D) Department of Cultural and Humanitarian Affairs

Website ǀ http://www.citizensinpower.org
Contact Info ǀ [email protected]

CARDET

Description ǀ

CARDET (Center for the Advancement of Research & Development in Educational Technology) is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental, research and development organization based in Cyprus with partners around the world. CARDET is becoming one of the leading institutions in the Euro-Mediterranean region for research , evaluation and development. The CARDET team strives to offer the highest quality research and development capabilities and educational opportunities to benefit society.

Mission

CARDET’s mission is to inspire next generation education, and to promote research, innovation, and development through evidence-based practices, cutting-edge research, and empowered people.

Goals

The main goals of CARDET include:

To conduct research and development on the links between education, training, employment, Information Communication Technologies, and social progress.

To foster innovation, entrepreneurship, and leadership for educational and social reform.

To apply interdisciplinary approaches that improve and strengthen the role of civil society, trade unions, democratic processes, equality, and social justice for all.

To develop links with organizations and agencies around the world in addressing social, business, health, environmental, and education needs.

To provide research, evaluation, education, and training services to individuals, governments, businesses, and other agencies.

To achieve these goals, CARDET brings together an international team of experienced professionals with extensive global expertise in their respective areas. CARDET has collaborated with organizations, governments, international and local agencies, and corporations in Asia, Europe, and the USA. Members of the CARDET team successfully completed more than 130 projects in more than 40 countries, several of which were supported by the European Commission, the National Science Foundation, Microsoft, The Commonwealth of Learning, the United Nations Development Program, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation, and several Ministries around the world. In the next decade, CARDET plans to enhance its contribution to educational research and social development that make a difference in people’s lives.

Competences

We have a portfolio of more than a 130 completed projects. Areas of core expertise include:

Program evaluation and needs assessment · Instructional Design and Curriculum Development

Migration, Integration, and Social Justice

Interactive online systems for collaboration and stakeholder engagement

Competency Mapping

Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Technology transfer and foresight

Energy, environment and sustainable development

e-learning, games and Mobile Learning

Strategic Planning, Organizational Assessment & Capacity Building

Civil Society & Development Education

Website ǀ https://www.cardet.org/

FUTURE WORLDS CENTER

Description ǀ Future Worlds Center (FWC) is an innovative non-profit initiative of social entrepreneurs using a model of horizontal entrepreneurial management. Our work harnesses the power of emerging new technologies and the science of structured democratic dialogue in order to accelerate positive social change.

Notable Operations

• Promoting regional peace

Future Worlds Center pioneers in envisioning, designing and implementing projects that promote the culture of peace and reconciliation in Cyprus, the region and the globe. The Technology for Peace initiative in 1997, founded by Yiannis Laouris and Harry Anastasiou members of the Cyprus Conflict Resolution Trainers Group aimed to capitalize on the proliferation of the Internet as a means to bear the communication barrriers between the northern and the southern parts of divided Cyprus. Other notable peace projects include the Civil Society Dialogue, the Act Beyond Borders and Everybody’s song

• Active promoter of the MDGs

Future Worlds Center is leading a number of pan-European efforts, which aim to promote the Millennium Development Goals within Europe and in Sub-Saharan countries. It was a founding member of the Cyprus Islandwide Development NGO Platform and the Cyprus Community Media Centre . The Accessing Development Education project has collected teaching materials or guidance books on topics like Development Education, Global citizenship, Human Rights, Millennium Development Goals and many others from across Europe into one central depository. The Teach MDGs project focuses on increasing awareness and public support for the Millennium Development Goals by actively engaging teacher training institutes, teachers and pupils in developing local oriented teaching resources promoting the MDGs with a particular focus on Sub-Saharan Africa and integrate these into the educational systems of countries across Europe.

• Supporting Vulnerable Groups

Future Worlds Center is the implementing organization of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Representation in Cyprus. Its Humanitarian Affairs Unit implements projects that aim strengthening asylum for refugees and asylum seekers on the island. This Unit has founded the Unit of Rehabilitation of Victims of Torture.

The organization also runs a number of projects that promote and implement research in the field of safer use of the Internet; Cyberethics, Cyprus’ Safer Internet Center, which includes a Hotline and a Helpline.

Notable Awards

• The Hellenic Society for Systemic Studies Medal in 2007 to Aleco Christakis for his role in founding the science of Structured dialogic design.

• The Hellenic Society for Systemic Studies Award in 2008 to Yiannis Laouris for his peace work within Future Worlds Center.

• Cyprus civil society award in the category of social inclusion in 2008.

• Anna Lindh Award to Future Worlds Center in 2011

Website ǀ http://www.futureworldscenter.org/
Contact Info ǀ [email protected]

ANAKYKLOS

Description ǀ Welcome to Anakyklos Perivallontiki. We are a non-for-profit environmental organization, set up in July 2010, aiming to actively contribute towards a clean, healthy and sustainable environment. The activities of Anakyklos in this field include the following:
– Informing and sensitizing the public, with special emphasis on school-students, on matters related to the environment, reuse of clothes and the reduction of waste.
– Creation of biological vegetable gardens in schools and other institutions.
– Operation of projects for the useful employment of unemployed young people, such as local authority run vegetable gardens, picking of fruit etc.
– Preservation and distribution to growers of local seeds and biodiversity.
The most important activity of Anakyklos is the Textile Collection and Recycling Project. By collecting and recycling used clothes, shoes, linen and other items, we contribute to the reduction of the volume of waste that ends up in landfill, we give access of those useful items to people, in Cyprus and abroad, who cannot afford to buy new clothes, and process textiles that cannot be reused so that they are turned into wiping cloths, fibres, insulation and other materials. With appropriate recycling, only a small proportion, around 2% will end up as garbage.
Everybody can contribute to this pioneering project.
• If you represent a non-governmental / charity organisation, you can communicate with us to find out how your organisation can become a partner with Anakyklos.
• If you can give us access to a suitable place (a supermarket, a central public space) where we can place one of our metal collection banks, please contact us.
• You are also more than welcome to join the volunteers who help Anakyklos to realise its aims and you are certainly welcome to offer your advice and suggestions on what we do.
Every citizen can help, since all of us, at some point or other, have clothes that we do not need any more. So, please do not throw away your clothes! Collect them in plastic bags and place them in one of the purple metal collection banks that you can find in your area, on the municipality premises, in supermarkets and in other public places.
Or, if you prefer, donate them to the charity or NGO of your choice that collects textiles, in collaboration with Anakyklos.

Website│ http://www.anakyklos.org/en/
Contact Info ǀ http://www.anakyklos.org/en/contact-us

AKTI Project and Research Centre, Cyprus

AKTI Project and Research Centre is a non-governmental, non-profit organization based in Nicosia, Cyprus. It was established in 2000 by a group of experts in environmental issues and has succeeded today to create an extensive network of collaborators and volunteers for raising environmental awareness and promoting sustainable development.

Website│ http://www.akti.org.cy

Contact Info ǀ [email protected]