The first dairy school on the island is soon going to open its doors in Athienou, Mayor Kyriakos Kareklas announced on Monday.
“The government decided to grant the municipality’s request for the establishment of the Pancyprian dairy school in an area to be indicated by them,” Kareklas told the Cyprus News Agency. “The rationale behind the creation of the school is that Athienou has a lot of cow and sheep farms which make a large amount of dairy products.”
He added the school would be housed in an old dairy located in the industrial area of Athienou, the owner of which has given his approval for the building’s use as a school.
The proposal has been sent to the department of public works to be examined. According to the mayor the education minister has given instructions to immediately proceed with the opening of the school if the proposal is accepted by the transport ministry.
The school will be open for anybody who has completed a secondary education, Kareklas told the Cyprus Mail, whether they are 18 or 50 years old.
It is going to be a two-year degree which contents are based on the existing dairy school in Ioannina, Greece.
The Ioannina school was founded in 1916 as a cheese school. In 1999 it was transformed into a technical vocational dairy school. Over the years, it has been involved in standardising different types of cheese and improving various characteristics of cheeses as well as in developing new dairy products of commercial interest.
Teaching at the school is complemented by workshops and presentations by prominent professionals of the industry.
Cheese produced in the school is not sold. More than half is consumed in the school’s restaurant by the students themselves, giving them an opportunity to try the products. The rest is given to charities.
Nowadays, the dairy school in Ioannina is the only one in Greece to train cheesemakers.