Non-Governmental Organization (NGO)
ACPELIA is a NON Goverment Oganisation for youth programs. ACPELIA will have energetic role in ERASMUS plus Programs for youth in Cyprus. We have youth workers and trainers which are specialized in environment, discrimination, democratic and other theme.
Erasmus Plus programs.
Disabilities and themes that are among us and dealing with young people.
Active Cypriot Programs and European Learning Into Acceptance (ACPELIA) was founded in 2019 in Limassol Cyprus. Actually, the part of the European Programs of Cultural Association NOSTOS Pissouriou transferred in a newly created organization, the ACPELIA, which will continue with the same OLD and PIC number (Organisation is on the rural area of Cyprus with members from all over Cyprus and other Rural areas, our organisation is in close cooperation with community councils of these areas). All the members of the Cultural Association are also members of NGO ACPELIA. The main aim of the Organization is the rescue, preservation and transmission of cultural heritage, sustainability of the environment, discrimination, social and environmental entrepreneurship, social inclusion, elimination of discrimination and racism and the grant to our members of the chance to involve in themes about Environment, Culture, Sports, Racism, Equality, Democracy and Discrimination. Cultural and Sports activities promote social inclusion, human rights and help in the limitation of the discrimination among the generations. In an effort to promote the above-mentioned important values, the association is organizing cultural, informative, educational and interactive activities for youth with the new European Programs department of the association. Those activities include dancing, theatre, educational activities with games and activities, and other performances where young people are able to learn about humanity issues through Non-Formal Education.
Our organisation is volunteering organisation so we don’t have any paid staff but we worked all volunteering, when we have approved projects in themes that we work on them then independent contracts are done with the suitable youth workers, trainers and project managers so to be able to make all the activities from these contracts. We have more than 50 youth workers, learners and members of the group who are willing to work with our organisation and who are ready for being employed according to the needs of each plan.
We are taking part and working in a lot of Erasmus Plus Program in a lot of ways:
As an applicant organisation where we give the opportunity to all of our members to create plans and implement them in any space of work that we are dealing with. We want through this effort our members to be active citizens in Cyprus and Europe.
As a partner organisation, where we have a lot of partners across all over Europe and we are taking part with the implementation of projects KA204, KA205 or KA347 according to the need of each plan. In this project, if there is a need, which actually needed, we are trying to make independent contracts with our members so to give them an effort for working with these plans and to taking the necessary skills of organising and being in the future successful trainers or leaders.
As a co-beneficiary organisation. In these project, the main reason that we are taking part apart from the fact that all these programs usually are KA105 (training's and youth exchanges) which are dealing with the aims of our organisation, is that we want through these projects to give to our member the opportunity to see how other organisations are working in the frame of Non-Formal Education and to make them love this way of teaching in their own groups and life.
Where our name comes from?
An ancient name of Cyprus, mentioned by the Latin writer Pliny in his work “Naturalis Historia” and which, as he mentions, is derived from Xenagoras is “Aspelia”. Various scholars have suggested that instead of “Aspelia”, the correct name should be “Ampelia”, a name that suggests that the island was overgrown with vines. We adopted the name ASPELIA, but we have replaced the letter “s” with “c”, in order to fit acronyms, which would describe the objectives of our organisation. Therefore, we decided the name ACPELIA, which means Active Cypriot Programs and European Learning Into Acceptance.
Our Logo is our identification. Through the logo, we represent our civilization, our history, mythology and our Greek and European culture. In the bottom of our logo, there are two olive branches. These olive branches represent the flag of Cyprus and the peace. Also, they represent the olive wreath that the winners of the Olympic Games took for their victory. In the middle of the olive branches, there is a bronze talent. In the ancient years, the island of Cyprus was named for the bronze. So, Cyprus took her name from the Latin word “CUPRUM” that means bronze. Then, two olive branches are united with seven stars, symbols of the European Union. Also, the number of stars reflects the seven letters of the name of our organization, its acronyms (A.C.P.E.L.I.A.). In the middle of the logo, there is a Centaur that wears a Greek helmet and holds on his hands a trident. Centaur was a mythological and powerful creature. His half body was a horse and the other half was a man body. The most famous centaur was” Chiron”. The Greek helmet emerges the Greek identification of Cyprus. Concerning the trident, it was the symbol of the god Poseidon. Poseidon was the god of the sea and the journey. In ancient Greece, before the journey, all the sailors made sacrifices to have a favourable journey. Therefore, the trident in our logo represents our European journeys with Erasmus plus.