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Cyprus to launch website for diaspora to rediscover their roots

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An online platform for Cypriots of the diaspora is being created to bring them closer to their roots, the office of the commissioner for the presidency announced on Thursday.

According to the announcement, the platform is being created following a call for tenders.

The site will consist of two platforms, a registry section, where diaspora Cypriots can record their details and secondly a ‘Learn Your Roots’ page.

The register of diaspora Cypriots, aims to collect data concerning their professional field, marital status, where in the world they are located and various other data, through a questionnaire that they will have to fill in.

According to the announcement, “with the creation of the registry of Cypriots of the diaspora, we will get to know the remarkable Cypriot scientists, academics, businessmen, as well as other specialties who excel abroad.”

The register of diaspora Cypriots will also be a useful tool with multiple benefits for Cypriot federations and organisations.

The second platform, ‘Learn your Roots’, is focused towards the younger generations of Cypriot diaspora, from preschool age onwards, with the aim of getting them acquainted with their roots and maintaining their ties with their language, history, traditions and culture.

Diaspora Cypriots will be able to attend online classes and will have access to study material covering the Greek language, the island’s history, traditional Cypriot cuisine, traditional dances as well as many other traditions and cultures from Cyprus.

The announcement did not clarify when the new platform will be up and running.

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