The Little Society of Kyrenia

funds Karpaz School

By Margaret Sheard

We have been provided with some wonderful news from the Little Society of Kyrenia, which provides funds to help the children and young Little Society of Kyrenia lrgpeople of North Cyprus. LSOK have already been very active in helping many different types of organisations for the benefit of youngsters and once again they have made a huge difference to the pupils of Ziyamet Primary School in the Karpaz with a grant of 10,000TL.

This is what LSOK have told us:-

The Little Society of Kyrenia funds exciting school project in the Karpaz

Like many schools in the Karpaz, Ziyamet Primary School attracts children from surrounding villages and has a dedicated teaching staff and an energetic Parent/Teachers Association.

Now, thanks to a 10,000TL grant from the Little Society of Kyrenia, the pupils have an opportunity for new experiences. Ibrahim Bayikoglu, the Head Teacher, is determined to use the money to help develop the educational, social and cultural needs of the children. As well as providing seminars for the parents of younger childreZiyamet Primary Schooln on how to make the most of their education and also arranging for Social Services to advise parents of the 33 special needs pupils on how to cope with some of the difficulties, he has a full programme of fun organised. The younger children have already visited a local bakery, fire station and post office and will soon be going on trips to the Kibris newspaper and visiting museums in Guzelyurt and Lefkosa to help to understand their heritage. They are also going to a cinema, which none of them have experienced before. Social awareness and an understanding of nature is an important part of the programme. They are planning to plant trees around the school and to introduce recycling bins so that the children will appreciate the need for this.

The school organises an annual tea party to raise money and thanks everyone involved in supporting their activities. This year it was held on Sunday 12th January in Yeni Erenkoy. The mothers of the 280 children who attend the school, pupils and teachers all met to enjoy coffee and cakes, music, dancing and an almost never ending raffle with prizes supplied by local businesses.

The Head Teacher took the opportunity to thank the Little Society of Kyrenia for their gLittle Society of Kyrenia logoenerosity. Ibrahim said ‘Thank you for all your support. Without this money our children would never have had the opportunity to experience many of the things which other young people take for granted. It has helped them to appreciate the importance of education and the culture which is part of their heritage’.

It is so refreshing to hear about the generosity of people to help the younger generation to understand and appreciate their culture and heritage and this gesture from LSOK is a prime example of the good people who want to help others and in this case the young people in the Karpaz region of North Cyprus.