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EACEA National Policies Platform


6. Education and Training

6.9 Awareness-raising about non-formal and informal learning and quality youth work

Last update: 29 March 2022
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  1. Information providers / counselling structures
  2. Awareness raising initiatives

Information providers / counselling structures

One of the aims of the Youth Information Centres (YIC) of the Youth Board of Cyprus is to provide one stop-shop services to young people, such as:

  1. Information on employment, education, training and European programmes;
  2. Information on youth policies and opportunities throughout Europe, as YICs operate as Eurodesk Cyprus contact points.

The YICs frequently organise events and participate in festivals, education fairs, school events and presentations on topics such as Employment, Mobility, Skills Development, Entrepreneurship, Education, social media, and European Programmes. The YICs are placed in 6 different districts (Nicosia, Larnaca, Limassol, Agros, Paphos, Ammochostos) across Cyprus. All the activities organised by all YICs around Cyprus are available on their official website (Ιστοσελίδα Κέντρων Πληροφόρησης Νέων) and Facebook page (Κέντρα Πληροφόρησης Νέων Κύπρου).

The Eurodesk Cyprus also provides information to young people on a variety of opportunities across Europe, such as mobility, volunteering, exchanges, work, internships and non-formal learning. The network consists of several multipliers around Cyprus, including YIC and NGOs.

Awareness raising initiatives

Different awareness-raising activities have taken place in order to inform young people on the benefits of participating in the Erasmus+ programme, and as an extension, reference to non-formal education was made indirectly.

More specifically, the Youth Board of Cyprus as the national Eurodesk office in Cyprus organises each year since 2013 the informational campaign “Time to Move” (Time to Move 2021: Ανακάλυψε τρόπους να εξερευνήσεις την Ευρώπη) which aims at informing young people about European programmes, volunteering opportunities and schemes as well as general mobility opportunities abroad. Each year several workshops, events and activities are organized in schools, youth information centers and other central points in various cities in Cyprus. For more information about the events, visit the website (available only in Greek).