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Historical development of the school for deaf children which was opened in Cyprus under the British Administration

  • Mete Ozsezer
  • Huseyin Tufan
  • Ali Efdal Ozkul
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Abstract

In this paper, the School for Deaf Children that was opened under the rule of the British Administration in Cyprus is examined. The school was opened in the 1953–1954 academic year and became the second private education institution on the island. Additionally, it was a mixed school that served both the Greek and Turkish communities. Although the school was initially opened with contributions from the Rotary Club, it continued to provide educational services with funds from the British Administration, students’ parents and voluntary contributions. During the period of mixed education, the school could not adopt a fully settled structure in terms of the building in which it was locate and was moved to different areas during that period. In the period when the British government transferred responsibility for the education on the island to the Greek and Turkish communities, the school continued to provide services on a mixed basis. However, after the events of 1963, the Turkish teachers and students began to leave the school. Today, it continues its activities in southern Nicosia, whereas in the northern part of the island, the Lapta School for People with Hearing and Speaking Disabilities was opened in 1975 in order for Turkish students to continue their education. The present study is supported with information obtained from Education reports and Cyprus Gazette resources as well as national and international works and verbal resources.

Keywords

Person with hearing disability Mute Special education Cyprus History of education 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Ataturk Faculty of Education, History EducationNear East UniversityMersin 10Turkey
  2. 2.Department of History, Faculty of Arts and ScienceNear East UniversityMersin 10Turkey

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