The educational programme “IKADE” is supported by the Ministry of Education and Culture and is exclusively sponsored by the Bank of Cyprus. The programme aims at developing the spiritual and cultural bonds among pupils attending schools in Greece, Cyprus and young Greek migrants attending schools elsewhere in the world. It is a vision that concentrates on supporting the migrant Greeks in the countries they live and prosper, contributing towards maintaining a bridge of communication among the migrants, Cyprus and Greece. “IKADE” operates at two levels:
- the level of the Internet, where a Greek planet is created, which everyone, wherever he / she lives, can visit or navigate; and
- the level of teleconferences, carried out between young Greeks attending Greek speaking community schools anywhere in the world and their classmates from both Cyprus and Greece.
During the school year 2009-2010, 39 Primary Schools from Cyprus and ten from Greece participated at this stage of the “IKADE” programme, which was implemented in Cyprus. By this time, the training of colleagues from Romania has been completed and soon their schools will be included in the communication groups. Moreover, training continues with other migrant Greek educators who will also have the opportunity to participate in this tele-cooperation. The thematic areas of teleconferencing include subjects of general interest that refer to: children’s school life, our country, our common ancestors, our language, our customs and morals, our natural wealth, our dreams for the future in our country, as well as subjects that arise from the different topics of the curriculum. It is important to mention that special consideration was given to the interaction between the pupils of the tele-classes. The aim was to maximise the achievement not only of the cognitive targets, but the emotional targets as well.