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The Name of the Organization:

THE STATE INSTITUTE FOR FURTHER EDUCATION (SIFE)

Contact details:

Kleovoulou Papakyriakou gregori afxentiou 4

6023 Larnaca

CYPRUS

Contact Person's Name: Stelios Georgiou

Telephone:+357 24 304164

e-mail sykap035@cytanet.com.cy

Information about the Organization:


The S.I.F.E. which were set up in 1960 as Institutes for Foreign Languages offer courses to both pupils and adults in foreign languages, accounting, computer studies and subjects for entrance examinations to the University of Cyprus and the Universities of Greece. There are 40 institutes a number of which are in rural areas thus making the courses available to pupils from remote villages. This and the fact that fees are at moderate levels and free for certain categories of pupils per class and teaching periods allocated ensure high quality of education which is aligned with new developments in education and academic demands. They offer programs to primary and secondary pupils as well as to adults. They operate in the afternoon/evening, usually on the premises of Lyceums. More than 14,000 people attend classes annually at these centers which are staffed by qualified teachers.


Courses

Languages constitute the most important subject area, but a range of other disciplines is also taught. Enrolments for English account for about 80 per cent of language courses but some 1200 people follow courses in French.


Courses in Turkish are now being organized and have attracted considerable interest: between 500 and 750 people were enrolled in 2004. Tuition in Greek is provided free of charge for some 300 Turkish Cypriots. The transport for the learners attending classes at the Government Institute in rural areas is paid for by the Ministry of Education and Culture.


The centers also teach Greek as a foreign language (60-70 teachers involved) for new arrivals in the country and others interested in the Greek language. These courses are free for students of Greek origin who do not speak Greek.


The fees for adult classes are about 110 Cyprus pounds per year (about 200 Euro), and three to four times cheaper than the prices currently charged in the private sector. Private establishments sometimes complain about” unfair competition.


Public adult education through the State Institute for Further Education offers a flexible and non-elitist means of meeting social needs in language while at the same time offering good guarantees of quality and official recognition, although these courses do not fall under the pedagogical responsibilities of inspectors.


The public adult education service is to be responsible for teaching Greek to substantial numbers of refugees and asylum-seekers, under the programs sponsored by the European Union and the United Nations. The legislation has been passed to create an Open University of Cyprus but it is not yet operational.

Tasks in the project for 2006/2007:

State Institute for Further Education will prepare programs of courses.


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Project title: IT Education as an activating factor of adults from areas under danger of unemployment

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General information about the project

The project concerns adults who are looking for a job because they are unemployed or would like to change their present occupation but due to various reasons, especially connected with their environment, face difficulties in finding a job. The project program is aimed at people living in various weakly urbanized environments: countryside and small towns. The accomplishment of the project is a multistep program. Based on statistical data, in the initial phase of a project, target regions were defined and essential contacts with local representatives were made. The courses to be accomplished in the first step of the project were determined and their programs prepared:

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Two of the above courses have already been carried out in a traditional way by the institutions that prepared the programs. After translating into national languages of the project partners the courses will be carried out in all participating countries. The accomplishment of the project will be based on blended learning, i. e., will involve traditional and modern teaching methods connected with IT. Due to the peculiarity of the project the main stress will be put on distant learning. Therefore in the second stage of the project the courses will be implemented on the e-learning platform Moodle, adjusted to the requirements of the project. In the final stage of the project all courses will be available on the e-learning platform Moodle and can serve as a support to traditional courses offered e. g., by Employment Agencies or can be treated as fully independent courses. As a supplement to courses, guides to courses and leaflets will be prepared.

The project is supported by European Commission as part of the Socrates Grundtvig 2 program (LLP).

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