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The High Commission of Cyprus, the School of Law of the University of Nicosia (UNIC), and The Royal Commonwealth Society Cyprus Branch (RCS Cyprus), cordially invite you to attend a panel discussion on: “Multifaith and Multiculturalism in Education: Perspectives and Challenges”, in London (UK).

Panellists:

  • Professor Achilles C. Emilianides
    Dean of the School of Law, University of Nicosia and Chairman of the Royal Commonwealth Society Cyprus Branch.
  • Andria Zafirakou
    Global Teacher Prize Winner 2018, CEO of AiR, Art & Textiles Teacher at Alperton Community School.
  • Dr Emilios A. Solomou
    Director of the UNESCO Chair on Cultural Diversity and Intercultural  Dialogue, University of Nicosia and Member of the Board of Directors of the Royal Commonwealth Society Cyprus Branch.

The aim of this event is to consider multifaith and multicultural education by discussing questions pertaining to collective religious and cultural pluralism, individual rights to religious freedom, non-discrimination and the right to education. The panellists will consider in their area of competence, expertise and experiences the manner in which multicultural programs may achieve pluralism without undermining social cohesion and by striking a balance between individual and collective religious freedom in order to provide further insights and experience from the field.

RSVP by 12/10 at [email protected]

ABOUT THE PANELLISTS

Prof. Achilles C. Emilianides is a practicing advocate, Professor of Law and Dean of the School of Law of the University of Nicosia. He holds a PhD in Law from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He is the Chairman of the Royal Commonwealth Society Cyprus Branch and the Editor of the Cyprus and European Law Review. He has written extensively on the regulation of religion, multiculturalism and education.

Andria Zafirakou is an Associate Deputy Headteacher at Alperton Community School, a secondary school academy in the inner city borough of Brent. She studied at the University of Brighton and at UCL Institute of Education. In March 2018 she was awarded the annual Global Teacher Prize Winner. Andria has set up Artists in Residence (AiR) charity, championing creative subjects at state schools in disadvantaged areas.

Dr Emilios A. Solomou is the Director of the UNESCO Chair of the University of Nicosia and former Executive Vice-President for Administration of the University of Nicosia. He studied History at the University of Cardiff where he received his B.A (Hons). His postgraduate studies are in the field of History and History Methodology and Didactics. He received his Doctorate, from the University of Middlesex (U.K.) of which he is currently an Internal Examiner. Since 2000 he has been teaching Cyprus History on the M.A. in International Relations Programme, and Cyprus History and History Didactics on the B.A. in the Primary Education Programme, at the University of Nicosia.

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