2018 Cyprus Global Money Week
- Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation
- Aegean University
- National Hellenic Research Foundation
- Technological Education Institute of Piraeus
- UCL Institute of Education
NUMBER OF CHILDREN REACHED DIRECTLY:
NUMBER OF PEOPLE REACHED INDIRECTLY:
- 3 000
Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation
The educational program, “Priceless: Coins and Other Values” addressed students aged 13-15 and aimed to expand the concept of value in the sense of both monetary worth and principle by introducing children to the Numismatic Collection of the Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation. The project took place in the premises of the Museum of the History of Cypriot Coinage and included multiple museum education activities. Students were able to examine ancient and contemporary coins and to familiarize themselves with many different kinds of values, the manner in which value is determined and its relation to social, economic and political structures. The program was specifically structured to have the students embark from contemporary reality, become intrigued and investigate everyday issues pertaining to the value attached to objects and situations and, more specifically, the relation of coins and money to value. One of the program’s innovations is the introduction of the use of digital interactive technologies, employed to demonstrate various monetary concepts including:
- the conditions wherein ancient coins were produced;
- the complexity and dynamic character of their iconography;
- their multiple functions and;
- the composite social processes through which coins are factored in the construction of collective identities.
During the event, the museum’s educational program sought to focus on both on the economic role of coins, their ideological significance and contribution to knowledge of social and historical processes.
2017 Cyprus Global Money Week
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On 28 March 2017, placed within the framework of Global Money Week, the Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation and the Cyprus Institute proudly introduced the Digital Library of Medieval Coins to the public in the Collection of the Cultural Foundation.
This digital platform allows for an interactive exploration of the coins in the Collection, by applying specialized imaging and analysis technologies, such as RTI (Reflectance Transformation Imaging) and Superzoom, that aim to bring forward and utilize the wealth of the Foundation’s Collection.
Featuring informative material, pictures, links and texts on the Collection’s medieval coins, the digital library stands out as an innovative, alternative educational program in Cyprus. The library’s digital platform is based on the digital structure and functionality of “Dioptra”, the advanced Digital Database for Cypriot Culture.
Speakers of this event included Dr Nikolas Bakirtzis, Programme Coordinator of the the Cyprus Institute, Ms. Eleni Zapiti, Archaeologist and President of the International Committee of Money and Banking Museum and Mr. Andreas Pitsillides, President of the Cypriot Numismatic Society.
2016 Cyprus Global Money Week
DATE OF THE EVENT:
- 14th - 20th of March
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Throughout the year, the Museum of the History of Cypriot Coinage, part of the Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation, opens its doors to hundreds of students who are eager to learn about the history and the importance of money, both in Cyprus and globally. As Cyprus is comprised of a rich cultural heritage, this museum hosts an impressive collection with each coin having an explanation of measurements, weight and depicted icons. Throughout Global Money Week, Cypriot students had the chance to attend this Money Museum and to take part in interactive learning activities. Four sessions of the Educational Program “Gods and Heroes” took place during Global Money Week where 120 pupils of the Primary Education participated. The students experienced an interactive introduction, followed by a visit into the museum, as well as the multimedia interactive touch-screen application “From the electrum to the euro”..
The 23 showcases of the museum consist of more than 500 coins. These are divided into nine chronological periods which trace Cyprus’ tumultuous history, beginning with the first coins minted on the island in the 6th century BC to the present day. The historical aspect was compiled in the ‘Gods and Heroes’ program that ran throughout the Week. Mythology and heritage is drawn upon when comparing the ancient and modern coins by measuring the metal work, values, minting (stamp used) and the issuing authority. The program further elaborated on the iconography and typology of coins through the attractive subject of Greek mythology and its symbolic importance on coins.
Other activities such as interactive exercises and art drawings challenged the newly acquired knowledge of the youth on the history of coins and their money know-how.
2015 Cyprus Global Money Week
DATE OF THE EVENT:
- 16th of March
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On 16 March, Microsoft Cyprus hosted the first Global Money week initiative in Cyprus. Held at the MIC European University in Nicosia, 40 students from the American International School Cyprus (AISC) and 40 students from the Grammar School were invited to attend a presentation organized by Microsoft Cyprus on how to become responsible and skilled economic citizens.
Following a welcome note by the General Manager of Microsoft Cyprus, speakers from Microsoft Cyprus included the Small, Medium Solutions and Partners Manager, the Enterprise and Partners Group Manager, the CFO for Microsoft Cyprus, Malta, Bulgaria, Macedonia, and Kosovo, the Financial Controller for Cyprus and Malta, the Engagement Manager, the Academic Program Manager, the Professional Development Manager, the Developer Experience Evangelist, the Anti-Piracy Manager, the Partner Account Manager, the Account Technology Strategist and the CSR Manager. Microsoft’s Interns from the Marketing and Communications and the Sales, Marketing and Services Group Departments also gave presentations about their experiences focusing on the Day in the Lives of Interns at Microsoft. The morning was rounded off by the The Head of Computer Science and Technologies & Professional Development at the Grammar School.
Each speaker gave a 10 minute intro about their current job, their chosen career paths, what they liked and disliked about the jobs, what led them there as well giving tips on the importance of becoming an independent economic citizen. Following the presentations, the students followed up with a multitude of curiosity driven questions. At the end of the morning, each student was given special gifts courtesy of Microsoft which included power banks, notebooks and pens and GMW T-shirts. The two schools also received smart phones to give away to their top students.