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Cyprus/ 3.4 International cultural co-operation  

3.4.6 Other relevant issues

The Ministry of Education and Culture supports the creation of departments for Greek studies in various universities through the provision of an annual financial grant, based on specific criteria.

Furthermore, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs operates funding schemes in support of diaspora communities in other countries. The main objective is to support the contemporary cultural manifestations of diaspora communities in order not only to sustain links and ties with their homelands but also to facilitate the promotion of contemporary creation including traditional folk art as well as to promote cultural diversity through diverse modes of artistic creation, production, distribution and enjoyment.

Certain measures are adopted both by the Ministry of Education and Culture as well as by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs so as to provide funding to certain cultural activities such as travel grants to folk dance groups, choirs and artists to participate at diaspora cultural events as well as direct funding to diaspora communities for the cultural activities they promote in the framework of their own programming of cultural events and activities. Moreover, in order to ensure that the diaspora communities have access to the diverse cultural content of Cyprus, cultural goods (i.e. books, CDs, etc.) from different Cypriot religious groups (i.e. Latins, Maronites, Armenians) are distributed to diaspora communities. Additionally, educational activities of diaspora communities are also supported by the Ministry of Education and Culture.

In addition to the above, support to diaspora communities is also provided through other programmes which address the needs of the young people. The NEPOMAK Discover Cyprus Programme was established in 2004 and is delivered by NEPOMAK in partnership with the Youth Board of Cyprus and the University of Cyprus. This programme is targeted at young Cypriots aged between 18-22, who do not have regular contact with their Cypriot community and / or wish to increase their level of understanding about Cyprus and the Greek language.

Moreover, in the context of the Cyprus Constitution there are certain provisions that promote the respect to Human Rights without making any distinction or differentiation between citizens and non-citizens of the Republic and without any distinctions or differentiation on grounds of community or religion or nationality, or on other grounds.

Chapter published: 29-07-2015

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