L a t e s t N e w s
Oct. 8 - 2016 Graduation
This year’s CFP Graduation included our largest graduating class of 115 teens as well as their family and friends. Special guests in attendance included Meral Akinci, first lady of the northern part of Cyprus and one of CFP’s first Cypriot Coordinators; U.S. Ambassador Kathleen Doherty; U.N. Special Representative Elizabeth Spehar; and the president and two members of the Universal Peace Federation, who flew from London to learn more about CFP and possible collaboration on a future project.
Thank you to CFP parent Sami Özuslu of United Media Group for once again filming this year’s ceremony.
Oct. 25 - Stelios Foundation Grant
We are extremely pleased to announce that the Cyprus Friendship Programme, through our hard-working Co-Coordinators Simge Kahvecioglu and Sotia Adamidou, was awarded a Stelios Foundation grant of €10.000 for its work in promoting bi-communalism in Cyprus. During the awards ceremony, held in Nicosia, Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou said that competition in this year’s bicommunal awards reached a new record of 215 applicants. President Nicos Anastasiades attended the event and stressed that the success of the awards is not surprising since Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots worked together for decades proving that their common denominator, which is their Cypriot identity and the desire to prosper together, is strong and durable.
Oct. 28 - EU Youth Parliament
Student representatives from 23 EU-member states came to the European Parliament under the umbrella of Euroscola to represent their schools and countries. For the third year, the Cyprus Friendship Programme was represented by a bi-communal team of 24 teens who worked with peers from all over the continent to discuss very important, yet controversial, EU-related topics. Team CFP addressed the role EU should play in the context of migration and integration.
It was a proud day for the CFP family when, at the end of the session, our cheer "in a country divided, people UNITED" echoed inside the Parliament. Congratulations CFP!