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Paralimni Lyceum

- Paralimni Lyceum is a general school found in the area of Paralimni in Famagusta, a coastal city of Cyprus. It is a school of 650 students aged 15-17 years old and of about 100 teachers. -


Paralimni Lyceum is a general school found in the area of Paralimni in Famagusta, a coastal city of Cyprus. It is a school of 650 students aged 15-17 years old and of about 100 teachers. The current education system is based upon an instructional approach that aims to prepare school graduates to face new situations and new opportunities broadmindedly. There are many courses offered in the school curriculum that are designed to help the students become more competitive within the contemporary job market. Cyprus is a nation of voluntary activity. More specifically, students in the project will deal with issues of volunteerism by helping fellow citizens who happen to be jobless as a result of the economic crisis in Cyprus. Consequently,they will boost their skills for employability issues. An idea regarding the project and has been discussed has to do with painting and decorating a poor child’s bedroom. Working as part of a team will help students improve not only communication skills but also problem solving skills. Altruism, expressions of kindness and “helping one another” have been features of Cypriot society since ancient times and still feature to this day. Economic crisis has sensitized many people to volunteer and give to those in need. Voluntary work in Paralimni Lyceum teaches young people to interact with others in social situations and make a difference in someone else’s life. The school’s motivation in the project is that it primarily aims to create opportunities for social interaction by fostering intercultural dialogue among young people from different countries, helping them to develop mutual understanding. What’s more, all the activities that Cyprus students are planning to get involved in, are activities that will help them gain valuable lifeskills and experience in order to develop personally, professionally and academically and to succeed in today’s world. The two supervising teachers in charge of the project are Eleni Rossidou (Teacher of English) and Christakis Efstathiou (Teacher of Religion). In the case that the two aforementioned teachers leave school or their post in the future, Theodora Matrou (Teacher of Physics) will take over. The school has participated many times before in European programmes as it is believed that such projects always create opportunities for social interaction by fostering intercultural dialogue among young people from different countries. The participating teachers come from different areas of expertise and will provide their guidance and support so that students will make an invaluable contribution to the Erasmus programme. Although we are not a technical school, we have courses designed to develop skills and knowledge required to do painting or decorating work. Specifically, we have Technology-experienced teachers who can guide students in the construction of small furniture and Art teachers who can develop students’ skills in painting and decorating.