Applicant Organization: Active Cypriot Programs and European Learning Into Acceptance, ACPELIA
Active Cypriot Programs and European Learning Into Acceptance, ACPELIA was founded in 2019 in Limassol Cyprus. Actually, the part of the European Programs of Cultural Association NOSTOS Pissouriou transferred in a new created organization, the ACPELIA, which will continue with the same OID and PIC number (Organisation is on rular area of Cyprus with members from all over Cyprus and other Rular areas, our organisation is in close cooperation with community councils of these rulars areas). All the members of Cultural Association are also members of NGO ACPELIA. Main aim of the Organizationis the rescue, preservation and transmission of cultural heritage, sustainability of the environment, discrimination, social and environmental entrepreneurship, social inclusion, elimination of discrimination and racism and the grant to our members of the chance to involve in themes about Environment, Culture, Sports, Racism, Equality, Democracy and Discrimination. Cultural and Sports activities promote social inclusion, human rights and help in the limitation of the discrimination among the generations. In an effort to promote the above-mentioned important values, the association is organizing cultural, informative, educational and interactive activities for youth with the new European Programs department of the association. Those activities include dancing, theater, educational activities with games and action, and other performances where young people are able to learn about humanity issues through Non-Formal Education.
Our organisation is volunteering organisation so we don't have any paid staff but we worked all volunteering, when we have approved projects in themes that we work on them then independentad contracts are done with the suitable youth workers, trainers and project managers so to be able to make all the activities from these contracts. We have more than 50 youth workers, learners and members of the group who are willing to work with our organisation and who are ready for being employed according to the needs of each plan. In the organisation we are working in a lot of themes according to the needs of the area and generally youth workers that are working for our organisation. Such themes are:
Culture and Interculture activities
Main Aim of the Organisation is to rescue, preservation and transmission of cultural heritage, sustainability of the environment and national traditions of Cyprus, as expressed through dancing, singing, music and customs of the Island. Cultural activities promote social inclusion, human rights and help in the limitation of the discrimination among the generations. In an effort to promote the above mentioned important values, the association is organizing cultural, informative, educational and interactive activities for youth with the new European Programs department of the association.
Music, Theater, Drama and Arts
We have a registered as a yoga and meditation teacher from yoga Aliance Institude and has attended various seminar on theatrical techniques such as physical theatre, voice lessons e.t.c. We create groups in our organization with yungsters so to give them education about self-improvement with theater and drama Non formal activities. Our trainers always searching ways to empower people and finding therapy through arts and therefore we are trying to create also groups in drama therapy lessons.
Tourism and tourism programs according to our area
Tourism could play a crucial role in the development of European regions and reduce the negative effects of economic crisis. Services and output created for touristic purposes contribute to the local development by creating new jobs that can compensate the industrial or local downfall, safeguard and enhance the natural and cultural heritage in branches like the artistic one, the branch of local gastronomy or the defense of biodiversity. In recent years, there has been a general evolution of European cultural tourism, from the most traditional forms, based on museums and monuments tours, to more dynamic and participated forms of contemporary culture usage.
Last year and for the following 2 years our organisation is working in KA205 program which has to do with touristic paths for people with problems in vision and we are trying through this program to make some touristic path so to be explored with all the others emotions exept from vision, so this paths to be understood also in a different way from people with vision problems also.
Research and Science themes
The research in our Science Department has to do with scientific themes such as Environment, Energy, Renewable Energy Sources. In the projects that we are doing this year with cooperation of other organizations (like Akti organization, University of Cyprus (Physics Department) and Anaptixiaki etairia Troodous) with our members they are involved more than 70 youngsters. In these projects our first goals is to make the young people to learn how to learn. With their involvement in these projects they have the opportunity to announce their results in other young people, but also in their community, there area, and in public in general. Getting in contact with the educational system of another country, the teachers will increase their professional and personal experience, which will be a great benefit to our organization. They will guide the youngsters in their activities during the project; so they will improve both their ability to communicate in English and their ability to manipulate computers. The firm communication between them and their students will be beneficial, too. We want through all these action to improve the critical thinking of our youngsters and to make them to participate in European projects showing their work and also giving their ideas.