European Union Aid Programme
for Turkish Cypriot community
Education and Lifelong Learning for Improved Employability
  • Human Resources
  • Human Resources
With the total of €1,5M, this grant scheme is focusing on enhancing education and lifelong learning opportunities in the northern part of Cyprus, with a more holistic approach to allow for full participation of individuals in society, as well as allowing for innovation and creativity, and promotion of skills and “key competencies” which are vital in a knowledge based society.

The call for proposals is divided into two lots, namely:
  1. Innovation and Change in Schools;
    1. Improving the quality and efficiency of education and training
      – Improving child-centred learning capacity with focus on key competencies
      – Improving teaching capacity in line with global and EU trends through teacher’s training programmes
    2. Promoting equity, social cohesion and active citizenship
      – Fostering further learning, active citizenship and intercultural dialogue
      – Promoting joint projects between Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot schools in order to foster reconciliation between the two communities
  2. Lot 2: Improving Employability;
    1. Making lifelong learning a reality
      – Enhancing lifelong learning opportunities – on vocational and labour market related skills and competencies
      – including training and re-training of unemployed and employed to contribute to competitiveness and employability
    2. Enhancing Entrepreneurship
      – Improving entrepreneurial skills by enhancing creativity and innovation, at all levels of education and training


The overall objective of the programme was to support the strengthening and development of human resources policy in the Turkish Cypriot community through support to initiatives for innovation and change in pre-primary, primary and secondary schools in the northern part of Cyprus in line with global and European educational trends.

Three key priorities guiding this call for proposals were:
  1. To promote the development of modern teaching and learning methods and raise the capacity of educational practitioners in line with global and European educational trends;
  2. To improve the overall management of the educational system and to encourage networking between the educational stakeholders with the view to promote equity, social cohesion and active citizenship including specific attention to disadvantaged groups; and
  3. To promote joint projects between Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot schools in order to foster reconciliation between the two communities.


The overall amount made available under this call for proposals was €700,000 out of which around €600,000 was contracted. Ten schools listed below implemented projects between 2014 -2016.

The overall amount made available under this call for proposals was €700,000 out of which around €600,000 was contracted. Ten schools listed below implemented projects between 2014 -2016.

Grant Beneficiary Project Title
Lefkoşa Türk Lisesi Multiculturalism in Education
Sedat Simavi Endustri Meslek Lisesi Modernisation of teaching and learning methods of Electrical Engineering
Fazil Plumer Anaokulu Teaching with Reggio Emilia Approach
Degirmenlik Lyceum PEER POWER: Youth Mobilizing the Community
Turk Maarif Koleji Confucius says: “I hear and I forget; I see and I remember; I do and I understand.” Modernizing and Enhancing Learning through Laboratory Practices
Lefkosa Anadolu Guzel Sanatlar Lisesi Cultural and Environmental Recycling
Yeniyuzyil Pre-primary School “HELP ME DO IT BY MYSELF!” Integrating the Montessori Method into Pre-primary Education
Lefkosa Ozel Egitim Merkezi The Multi purpose and Sensory room in Special Needs Centre.
Haydarpasa Vocational School Global Hotel Management Software
Namik Kemal Lisesi Upgrading Science Teaching Practices and Methods at NKL
The objective of this grant scheme is to enhance education and lifelong learning opportunities, providing for innovation and creativity, and the promotion of skills and key competencies, vital for a knowledge-based society. The call for proposals was divided into two lots, namely:
  1. Innovation and Change in Schools – improving child-centred learning capacities with a focus on key competencies and improving teaching capacity in line with global and EU trends, and promoting joint projects between Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot schools in order to foster reconciliation between the two communities; and
  2. Improving Employability – focusing on the enhancement of lifelong learning opportunities including training and re-training of the unemployed and employed, and improving entrepreneurship skills by enhancing creativity and innovation at all levels of education and training.


A total of 14 grant contracts were signed in x 2016, eight contracts under Lot 1 and six under Lot 2. More details on the ongoing projects can be found under “Projects and Results”.