Υπουργείο Παιδείας και Πολιτισμού Κύπρου, ΥΠΠ
Ms Nicoletta Ioannou, Officer, European and International Affairs Office, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Ministry of Education and Culture (MοEC) is responsible for the administration of public and the supervision of private schools of pre-primary, primary and secondary level as well as the educational institutions of Post-Secondary and Tertiary level and the Universities. It prepares the educational budget, drafts new laws regarding education and sees to the implementation of existing ones. The Minister of Education and Culture is the liaison with the Cabinet for issues Education, Culture, Youth and Sports, having relevant competence in these fields and represents the Republic of Cyprus at the Education, Youth, Culture and Sport Council of the European Union.
A number of programmes monitored by the Directorates of the MoEc target low skilled adults, such as the evening schools and the apprenticeship system. Yet, this offering is scarce and this is why more targeted programmes should be developed aiming at upskilling low skilled adults, mostly in literacy, numeracy and digital skills. PIAAC results identified that one in four Cypriots has no experience or basic digital skills (20%).
The European and International Affairs Office, which will be the liaison office between the MoEC and the EBSN, is a horizontal office within the MoEC and its mission is to contribute to the successful and creative participation of the Ministry of Education and Culture in European and international fora. The office is also responsible for the coordination European Agenda for Adult Learning (EAAL) since 2012. In the framework of the project it took some initiatives towards reinforcing basic skills provision of low skilled adults in Cyprus. Additionally, a member of the EBSN was invited to an information day, in the framework of the implementation of the EAAL 2014-15 and presented some examples of good practice on the above field. Exchange of expertise between the MoEC and the EBSN would be very beneficial.
National / international impact
The function of MoEC is to develop and implement education policy in line with the government’s declared vision at national level. To this end, the MoEC is required to develop strategic goals and programs to fulfill the government’s vision, to prepare annual operational plans, to monitor and assess progress towards achieving the goals, and to support educational institutions in implementing the programs. In addition, the MoEC is responsible for the continuing professional development for teachers and school principals and for the inspection of schools. It is also dealing with research related to education and culture.
The European and International Affairs Office plays a key role in the continuous improvement of internal coordination within the MoEC, and the MoEC’s coordination with other government agencies and nongovernmental organizations in Cyprus and abroad. It ensures internal and international policy coordination, the preparation of monitoring reports on matters arising from the conventional obligations of Cyprus as EU member-state, and finally it enhances the expertise of the MoEC’s officers in their participation in EU programmes.