Greek Cypriot Teachers and Classroom Diversity: Intercultural Education in Cyprus

  • Elena Papamichael
Part of the Springer International Handbooks of Education book series (SIHE, volume 21)

While the island of Cyprus has always been multicultural, recent socio-political developments have led to an increase of the population's ethnic, linguistic, cultural and religious diversity. Specifically, the partial lifting of the restrictions of movement across the Green Line in 2003 and the accession of Cyprus to the EU in 2004 led to an increase of the population's ethnic, linguistic, cultural and religious diversity. Consequently, about 6 per cent of the total pupil population in primary schools of Cyprus is non-Greek Cypriot. The total number of non-Greek Cypriots is 80,000, almost 10 per cent of the total population (Trimikliniotis & Demetriou, 2005). During 2005–2006 there were 3,759 non-Greek Cypriot pupils in Cypriot primary schools in a total of 55,868 in 341 primary schools — a percentage of 6.7 per cent of the total population (Cyprus Ministry of Education and Culture, 2006). The huge demographic change has created significant challenges for the education system. In this chapter I investigate the policy and practice of intercultural education in Greek Cypriot primary schools, with an emphasis on the teachers' role. I begin with an overview of the definition and aims of intercultural education, followed by a discussion of diversity in the Greek Cypriot education system. I give a brief description of my research methodology and then I discuss some interview quotes from Headteachers and teachers working in diverse schools, ending with some concluding remarks.


Primary School Multicultural Education Religious Diversity Humanistic Education Intercultural Education 
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  • Elena Papamichael
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  1. 1.Institute of EducationUniversity of LondonLondonUK

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