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Frontpage News 2010 Film: Old places, new faces; Home for cooperation

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Film: Old places, new faces; Home for cooperation

EEA and Norway Grants supported renovation works have recently started on the bi-communal Home for Cooperation Centre in the UN controlled buffer zone in Nicosia, Cyprus. Click here to watch a presentation video of the project.

The Home for Cooperation will be operated by the intercommunal Association for Historical Dialogue and Research, and is supported with a €750 000 grant from Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein.

"We came up with an idea of looking for a house in the buffer zone, somewhere neutral. This will be the first inter-communal building that promotes research and dialogue and issues regarding history education," explains Chara Makriyianni, President of the Association for Historical Dialogue and Research.

The Home for Cooperation will provide a common meeting place bridging the island's two communities, and where teachers, academics, researchers and NGO activists can come together to discuss history and learn from each other. "History teaching is not something static […] To be able to take the perspective of the other is a development", says Makriyianni.

In the video you will also meet the former owner, Avo Mangoian, who tells the story of the house from when it was built in the early 1950s and in which his family lived until 1974.

 

Read more about the project:
Contributing to dialogue and reconciliation in Cyprus 
Work on centre to unite Cypriots started
The Association for Historical Dialogue and Research