The CVAR provides educational programs and activities for students in both primary and secondary school in English, for the year 2021 - 2022. The basic purpose of the educational programs of CVAR is to transform the museum visit into a pleasant experience for the participants, involving them in an educational procedure, mainly through an experiential approach towards the selected subjects.

The educational programs are conducted by the museum educators and experienced collaborators, with specific objectives:

  • To encourage the children to get to know the history, the culture and the socio-political history of our country
  • To cultivate understanding and respect towards the mutual cultural heritage of all Cypriots
  • To constitute an action field for the peaceful co-existence and problem solving of the people of Cyprus
  • To promote the importance of visual arts in children’s education
  • To present and interpret the artworks and the experience of artists of an international range who visited Cyprus as well as their opinions of the Cypriot people.
  • To feel comfortable in the museum space and have fun

Note: The following programmes are offered in English. For programmes in Greek click here.


SECTION 1: EXPLORING CYPRUS

Travelling in Cyprus (grades 3-4)

Who travelled to Cyprus in the 19th century and why? The children get on board on an imaginary 19th-century ship and travel to Cyprus as exploring travellers, artists, archaeologists and physiologists, while later they travel through time with an imaginary plane and arrive at the island as casual visitors…The programme is designed for third and fourth graders and approaches Cyprus as a travel destination from the time European travellers visited the island in early 19th century, to the beginning of organized casual tourism around the end of the British period.

  • Admission free
  • Duration: 60 minutes
  • Suggested number: 20-25 children
  • *Approved by the MoECSY

Nicosia: with a hat and a pencil (grades 5-6)

In 1985 the traveller artist Tessa Henderson was offered the most challenging proposal ever; to visit Cyprus and to draw the various buildings and monuments around the island. During the programme, the children meet Tessa and philosophize over her artworks, and then, wearing their hats and with their pencils in hand, they walk around the neighbourhood of the museum. Walking in the footsteps of the artist, they explore the architectural treasures of the Old City of Nicosia.

  • Admission free
  • Duration: 105 minutes
  • Suggested number: 20-25 children (must be escorted by two educators)
  • *Approved by the MoECSY


SECTION 2: EXPLORING THE COLLECTION

Exploring the museum (grades 1-6)

A game of observation and imagination in the rooms of the museum! The children are given a list of clues and through them they try to spot paintings and other objects in the museum, unwrapping various stories with the intervention of the museum educator.

  • Admission free
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Suggested number: 20-25 children


SECTION 3: CYPRUS IN HISTORY

Cyprus in the Ottoman era (grades 5-6)

The programme deals with the social life and the material culture of Cyprus during the Ottoman period (1571-1878 AD). Through the programme, the children have the opportunity to explore, understand and evaluate different aspects of the Ottoman period in Cyprus and detect some of them in the present era.

  • Admission free
  • Duration: 60 minutes
  • Suggested number: 20-25 children
  • *Approved by the MoECSY

For information and bookings: education@severis.org/22300994

*The educational programmes 'Travellers - Tourists' and 'Cyprus under Ottoman rule' were formulated on a volunteer base by the educators: Eleni Anastasiou, Revekka Angelidou, Zografia Kakarineli and Chrystalla Mina. The programme 'Nicosia: with a hat and a pencil' was inspired by the museum educationalist Dora Kolypera and it was adjusted to the primary school curriculum by the museum's educationalist Natasa Charalambous.