Monday, 6 July 2009

The EU is funding 'Conductive Education'

But what is it?


A new EU-funded project on education is on the way. The Girne Special Education Centre is preparing to implement a project on conductive education, in cooperation with the Lefkosa Special Education Centre.

The project, which is going to operate under the EU aid programme for schools in North Cyprus, aims to introduce conductive education methods in schools. Conductive education consists of teaching methods which are aimed at improving children’s educational skills and motivating them to achieve their educational goals, with particular focus on special needs.

A contract was signed between the EU Programme Support Office and the Girne Special Education Centre in September last year and the project was introduced with a special event at the Education Centre yesterday.

Providing information about the project, the Director of the Girne Special Education Centre, in charge of the project, Musa Saygi said 5 instructors will be giving conductive education to teachers and parents of children with special needs.

A series of conductive education applications will be practised together with technical and infrastructural works, Saygi added.

Also attending the event, the Minister of National Education and Culture Canan Oztoprak pointed to the fact that the newest educational methods around the world will be brought to the TRNC with contributions from the EU.

The co-chairman of the EU Programme Support Office Alessandra Viezzer for her part said the project has great importance in terms of creating opportunites for Turkish Cypriots to establish cooperation with related institutions in the EU member states.

She informed that the educational project will last for 15 months which will benefit 60 teachers involved, 500 children with special needs and their parents as well as the whole society.

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