A bi-communal workshop for teenagers in Prague

piece by piece


There is an excellent opportunity to join a week long workshop for Cypriot teenagers in Prague next April. If you are interested to apply please fill in the Application Form. Here are the details:

Dates: Monday 16th of April till Sunday the 22nd (inclusive).

Place: Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic.

Organisers: The Seeds of Peace, President Vaclav Havel's Office, co-ordinators of bi-communal youth groups in Cyprus.

Costs covered: Travel to and from Prague, accomodation and catering, any visa expenses, guided tours to local areas of interest.

Cypriot contact persons:

Sarper Ince




Nicos Anastasiou


 tel. 09-498531.

Number of places available: 20 Turkish Cypriot and 20 Greek Cypriot teenagers (the numbers may increase to 25 and 25).

Objectives of the workshop:

* To give an opportunity to the participants to engage into deeper discussions of issues like the history of the Cyprus problem, the current economic, social and political problems that each community faces, the prospects for a solution, the role of the European Union and so on.

* To evaluate the present state of the bi-communal activities and projects and to re-examine the various youth projects that have been proposed in the last few months. The workshop will have a result oriented focus in that participants will be expected to return to Cyprus and work with other teenagers in implementing the various decisions they will be taking during the workshop.

Facilitators: Cypriot facilitators will have total responsibility and independent decision making on how the workshop will be conducted, what will be discussed etc.

Logistical support: The Seeds of Peace staff of the Jerusalem Centre of Coexistence will provide logistical support in co-operation with the host government's officials.

Who can apply? Any Cypriot teenager who has been an active and committed member of bi-communal youth groups (not only Seeds of Peace) is eligible to apply. There is an age limit of 15 to 18 years old, but some older participants may be accepted in exceptional cases. Active involvement in bi-communal projects (for examples of such projects see my e-mail dated 21/10/2000) is a major criterion in the selection process. Applicants with artistic abilities like acting, playing musical instruments, singing and so on will have an added advantage.

Selection procedure:

* Fill the application form found in the attached file and send it electronically to Mr Adam Shapiro at <mailto:adamsop@hotmail.com>adamsop@hotmail.com . The deadline for sending your form is next Wednesday, March the 7th. Mr Shapiro who is the Director of the Seeds of Peace Center for Coexistence in Jerusalem will be conducting the interviews in Cyprus on the 10th and 11th of March.

* For Greek Cypriots interviews will take place at the Management Center (4B Korytsas Str., Ayios Andreas, Nicosia - tel. 02-773972) on Saturday, March the 10th between 9:30am and 1:30pm. Applicants are requested to telephone to Mr Nicos Anastasiou on Friday the 9th of March from 4:00-8:00pm, so they can be informed of the exact time they are expected to go for the interview.

* For Turkish Cypriots interviews will take place in the Youth Center, Genclik Merkezi, Lefkosa, on Sunday, March the 11th between 9:30am and 1:30pm. Applicants are requested to telephone to Mr Sarper Ince on Saturday the 10th of March from 4:00-8:00pm, so they can be informed of the exact time they are expected to go for the interview.

* Soon after the interviews the successful applicants will be notified. A number of applicants may be given a standby status in case the increase in the number of participants is confirmed (from 20 to 25 from each side) or in case some of the successful applicants may not be able to go due an unexpected problem.

* A parents' consent form will be required before proceeding with the final stage of issuing tickets etc.

Please feel free to contact Sarper Ince or Nicos Anastasiou for any further clarification. And if you wish to apply please remember that this trip to Prague will be fun no doubt, but this is not (absolutely not) the main goal of the workshop. This is all about continuing our work to build the peace, piece by piece, on our island no matter what the political weather is like...