Dyslexia

“Dyslexia Bi-Communal Project”

The political division of Cyprus into the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities is a constant fixture in the national discourse and an issue of concern to a majority of Cypriots on both sides of the island. In the Rotary spirit of building bridges across geographic boundaries, our club felt compelled to address issues of common concern to both communities through a bi-communal approach that encourages collaboration and trust-building.

Working closely with the Cyprus Dyslexia Association and studying the immediate needs of the children and parents on the subject, we planned and implemented a learning disability-related bi-communal campaign on dyslexia 1st on awareness by printing a booklet for parents and teachers in Greek and Turkish 2nd on the vocational aspect by training parents and teachers on early detection of Dyslexia.

 

1st – Awareness Booklet

The campaign also reached thousands more through our press outreach activities. It was covered by Politis newspaper, reaching about 16,000 people, and in three Turkish Cypriot newspapers (Avrica, Halkin Sesi, and Volkan). The joint campaign was announced through five TV spots on CyBC1 and five radio spots. RIK1 TV channel hosted our club President and a representative of the Cyprus Dyslexia Association on the “7-10 TV Live” program. Interviews were also given on the “Biz-Emeis” CyBC2 TV program and the RIK1 radio program. The extensive media coverage contributed to enhancing public awareness of dyslexia in Cyprus and contributed to trust-building between the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot communities through the joint activities.

Partners: RC Nicosia Sarayionou, Cyprus Dyslexia Association,  Turkish Cypriot Dyslexia Association

Beneficiaries: Unlimited 2000 greek copies plus 3000 Turkish Cypriot copies of the booklet and hundreds of children who  were correctly diagnosed and received assistance in reaching their learning potential as a result.

Funding: Presidents party.

Sponsors: District Simplified Grant. Kemanes Digital Printing.


PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Booklet cover

Press coverage:

PRESS – Volkan – Turkish Cypriot press

PRESS CLIPPING – Politis

PRESS – AFRICA turkish Cypriot press

PRESS – Halkin Sesi Turkish Cypriot press

TV / Radio coverage:

CyBC Interview

2nd – “Train The Trainer”

Our bicommunal dyslexia campaign directly reached 107 parents and teachers that participated in the training-of-trainers program that will continue training other parents and teachers. In addition  2000 greek copies plus 3000 Turkish Cypriot copies of the booklet and hundreds of children who were correctly diagnosed and received assistance in reaching their learning potential as a result. The campaign reached thousands more through our press outreach activities. It was covered by Politis newspaper, reaching about 16,000 people, and in three Turkish Cypriot newspapers (Avrica, Halkin Sesi, and Volkan). The joint campaign was announced through five TV spots on CyBC1 and five radio spots. RIK1 TV channel hosted our club President and a representative of the Cyprus Dyslexia Association on the “7-10 TV Live” program. Interviews were also given on the “Biz-Emeis” CyBC2 TV program and the RIK1 radio program. The extensive media coverage contributed to enhancing public awareness of dyslexia in Cyprus and contributed to trust-building between the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot communities through the joint activities.

Partners: RC Nicosia Sarayionou, Cyprus Dyslexia Association, Turkish Cypriot Dyslexia Association

Beneficiaries: unlimited

Funding: The small grant from the Action for Cooperation and Trust (ACT) program of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), which supports bi-communal initiatives amounted to Euro 7000 and was split between the 2 Dyslexia Associations thus the Nicosia Aspelia Rotary club and the Cyprus Dyslexia association received an amount of Euro 3500.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Press coverage:

PRESS – Volkan – Turkish Cypriot press

PRESS CLIPPING – Politis

PRESS – AFRICA turkish Cypriot press

PRESS – Halkin Sesi Turkish Cypriot press

TV / Radio coverage:

CyBC Interview