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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 13-10-10

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  • [01] Results of survey of adults skills presented
  • [02] Six stolen Post-Byzantine icons recovered by the Church of Cyprus

  • [01] Results of survey of adults skills presented

    Cyprus differentiates and is below the international and European average in language skills, mathematical and technological literacy, according to the results of the Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC).

    The Survey was conducted in 33 countries within the period 2008-2013 and measures the key cognitive and workplace skills needed for individuals to participate in society and for economies to prosper. The evidence from this Survey will help countries better understand how education and training systems can nurture these skills.

    Educators, policy makers and labour economists will use this information to develop economic, education and social policies that will continue to enhance the skills of adults.‌ The Minister of Education and Culture Kyriacos Kenevezos, speaking on Wednesday in a press conference on the results PIAAC, said the survey is a programme of the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development that conducted for the first time.

    [02] Six stolen Post-Byzantine icons recovered by the Church of Cyprus

    Six Post-Byzantine icons, that were stolen from churches in the occupied part of Cyprus, after the Turkish invasion of the island in 1974, will be repatriated.

    The icons were found at P. Von Culmer art gallery, in Augsburg, Germany, in December 2010. They are the icons of Saint Photini of 1811, Saint Panteleimonas of 1812, Apostle Andreas of the 18th century, Apostle Markos of the 18th century, Agios Panteleimonas of 1854 and the icon of "Vaiforos" of the 18th century.

    According to a press release issued by the Representation of the Church of Cyprus to the European Union there have been indications that these six icons were part of Turkish art dealer Aydin Dikmen's Cypriot loot. Dikmen has looted dozens of churches in the Turkish occupied part of Cyprus.

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