Education reforms needed in both communities

Turkish Cypriot member of the technical committee on education Meltem Samani*, has said that reform was needed in education in both communities. A working method to achieve this was needed, on which both sides would be able to agree, she said.

Dr Samani said that the Greek Cypriot member of the technical committee on education had not yet been allocated. She said that a statement by the leaders on this on topic was expected after their meeting on 7th January.

After the appointment is made by the Greek Cypriot side, the members of the committee will meet to discuss the details and working methods to bring about educational reform in both communities.

Kibris Gazetesi

* Dr. Meltem Onurkan Samani, Assistant Professor of History at the European University of Lefke, is the Vice-President of the Association for Historical Dialogue and Research (AHDR). Among her research interests are colonial history of Cyprus, impact of colonial policies and institutions on (political) culture of the (Turkish) Cypriots, development of Turkish Cypriot nationalism, the role of history education and textbooks in Turkish Cypriot politics.

She has been involved in the change of the Turkish Cypriot history textbooks to include and reflect new approaches, methods and techniques in history teaching (2004- 2007) as a textbook author. She is interested in history teaching and learning (methods of promoting critical historical thinking and understanding, intercultural learning and peace education). She is a teacher trainer of the AHDR. Her B.Sc. in History is from the Middle East Technical University(METU), while her M.Sc. and Ph.D. in History are from Hacettepe University, Turkey.

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