Education in a Multicultural Cyprus

Iacovos Psaltis (Editor), Nicos Anastasiou (Editor), Hubert Faustmann (Editor), Maria Hadjipavlou (Editor), Hakan Karahasan (Editor), Marilena Zackheos (Editor)

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Greek Cypriots, Turkish Cypriots, Maronites, Latins, and Armenians have been the primary historical communities that make up the multicultural landscape of Cyprus. However, the continuing conflict between the Greek and Turkish Cypriots has geographically, socially and psychologically segregated these communities, while the influx of economic migrants, especially after Cyprus’s accession to the EU in 2004, has, in turn, contributed to Cyprus’s challenges, arising from multiculturalism, in an altogether different perspective. How has education, over time, addressed and re-examined all these issues introduced by Cyprus’ complex evolving multiculturalism and ethnic diversity? How can education better attend to current problems of coexistence in Cyprus, and what kind of role can it play in a federal re-united country?

This collection of essays introduces an innovative and critical examination of these questions in order to provide relevant answers. More specifically, it examines how formal, non-formal and informal education contributed to the creation and perpetuation of the Cyprus conflict, as well as to prejudices, inter-ethnic stereotypes, and misperceptions. The book also discusses how education could contribute to conflict transformation, empathy and peaceful coexistence amongst the different Cypriot communities, and how this has been possible in other multi-ethnic societies. The volume will be of interest to students, practitioners, and researchers interested in peace education, multiculturalism and conflict transformation.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationNewcastle upon Tyne
PublisherCambridge Scholars
Number of pages275
ISBN (Print)1-4438-9135-5
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • Education
  • Multicultural Education
  • Cyprus
  • Intercultural education
  • Intercultural conflict
  • Diversity


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