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The second Call for Proposals under the EU “Schools’ Initiative for Innovation and Change” Grant Scheme will give grants of between EUR10.000 and EUR 50.000 to pre-primary, primary and secondary schools in the northern part of Cyprus. Overall, up to EUR 745.000 will be available. The grants are financed from the EUR 259 mln EU aid programme for the Turkish Cypriot community.
The grant scheme will offer support to the modernization of the Turkish Cypriot community’s education sector by funding a range of activities including, amongst others, training courses, study visits, upgrading of materials and equipment. The aim of such activities is to promote the development of modern teaching and learning methods, to raise the capacity of teachers, to improve the overall management of the educational system and to encourage networking between stakeholders.
The grant scheme consists of two Strands: Strand A covers small-scale upgrading projects, whereas Strand B aims at long-term and capacity raising projects. Pre-primary, primary and secondary schools can jointly apply for activities under Strand A and B, if such partnership is considered as bringing an added value or higher cost-efficiency.
The deadline for submission of proposals is 20 November 2008, 16:00 Central European Time (17:00 local time). A first round of training courses for interested schools will be organized in the beginning of October 2008. The exact time and location of the training sessions will be forwarded to all pre-, primary and secondary schools through local contact points.

Financial Mirror, September 23, 2008|||EU Schools initiative and change grant for Turkish Cypriot community
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