PAUL: Congratulations on getting Why Animals Don’t Get Heart Attacks and Victory Over Cancer approved by the Ministry of Education in Cyprus! It is a significant step forward for our “Health for All” campaign that they have been included in the official catalogues of suggested books for use by school libraries, teachers and students in your country. Could you tell us how this came about?
SOFIA: In our work in Cyprus we have constantly been disseminating knowledge about Dr. Rath’s innovative scientific breakthroughs as widely possible. Whilst our lectures, seminars and online activities have always been key means of doing this, we also considered it vital to begin promoting knowledge of the breakthroughs through our country’s education system towards the goal of getting them introduced into public and private schools. After looking into the possibilities we eventually decided to write a letter of proposal to the Ministry of Education, explaining the Foundation’s mission and promoting Dr. Rath’s books for use in school libraries. The way these things work in Cyprus is that once books are approved by the various Ministry departments – such as those for the Elementary, Middle or Technical level schools – they are added to the official catalogues of suggested books that are sent to educational establishments. Schools can then choose to purchase the ones they require and place them in their students’ and teachers’ libraries. So as a result of our letters and contact with the Ministry, Why Animals Don’t Get Heart Attacks and Victory Over Cancer have both now been included in the official catalogues of suggested books for Elementary and Technical level schools in Cyprus. Similarly, Why Animals Don’t Get Heart Attacks has been included in the catalogue for Middle level schools.
PAUL: Could you tell us about some of the educational establishments where the books have been introduced? Have you established links with any of them?
SOFIA: The books can already be found in the University of Cyprus library and in two schools: the Pangyprion High School (a public school) and the Olympion Middle-High School (a private one). Interestingly, these are all establishments that we have previously had collaborations with in the form of lectures and Cellular Medicine seminars. Subsequent to those events, key instructors and administrators from the schools began promoting the Foundation’s work to their colleagues. In the past couple of years, we have also been invited to several other schools to conduct Cellular Medicine lectures and have participated in educational workshops for students and teachers. As awareness of Dr. Rath’s scientific breakthroughs grows in Cyprus, we are gradually beginning to establish strong collaborative relationships with more and more schools.
PAUL: I know that the political situation in Cyprus has been very difficult in recent years as a result of the euro-zone financial crisis. How has this affected the provision of education in the country?
SOFIA: Well, it is now obvious that schools and the public educational system in general have had to accept severe budget cuts. This has inevitably limited their ability to provide the necessary programs and supplies. From talking with the administration departments of many schools during the past year, we have found they are delighted to organize free educational Cellular Medicine seminars and lectures for their staff and students. But given the severity of the economic restrictions they are operating under, when it comes to purchasing books or covering for any potential workshop supplies they find it hard to meet their needs. Even the policies for students’ handbooks have had to change and become stricter. For example, at the end of each academic year, many of the books that were handed out to students at the start of the year now have to be returned to the school’s administrators so they can be re-distributed to the following year’s students. Whilst there is admittedly a positive side to this, in that recycling and reusing printed materials is obviously better for the environment, the downside is that students are sometimes deprived of educational materials they would have preferred to retain and use as springboards and refreshers for further study.
PAUL: Your team has been very active in the Movement of Life. In what ways do you think Dr. Rath’s books can contribute towards our goal of Health for All in Cyprus?
SOFIA: The Movement of Life team in Cyprus is constantly striving to create opportunities and provide free education in the fields of Health, Food, Water, Energy, Knowledge and Work. By succeeding in building a positive relationship with the formal educational bodies of our country, and through having Dr. Rath’s books seen and approved by them, our mission is further facilitated. This in turn inspires us to disseminate our knowledge of Cellular Medicine even more widely. The sooner Cellular Medicine is introduced and taught in schools through educative weekly workshops or year-long seminars, the sooner it will become established and integrated into the mainstream. So by having our books placed in school and university libraries they can become handbooks for teachers and lecturers to investigate and use with their students. The harder we work on spreading awareness about the pioneering scientific work of Dr. Rath and his research team in controlling cardiovascular disease and cancer, the closer we will get to establishing this knowledge as a viable option towards solving today’s most common health problems.
PAUL: What would your message be to people in other countries who are looking to improve the state approval of natural health education materials where they live?
SOFIA: Based on our experience here in Cyprus, we would advise people to begin by researching and understanding their local public education systems. Look for opportunities and potential windows of collaboration with your Ministry of Education and local schools. Then, write letters to the relevant officials and apply take part in events they are organizing. Ultimately, we have found that personal contact with schools and their teachers is the most important thing of all. Schools in which we developed personal contacts through lectures, seminars and suchlike, have become fertile landscapes for promoting Cellular Medicine knowledge. This has made it easier to cement our connections with them and plan further collaborative projects. As officials in these schools now understand, Cellular Medicine towers above all other available natural health approaches because of its scientific basis and the studies carried out at the Dr. Rath Research Institute in California under the direction of Dr. Aleksandra Niedzwiecki. Through our emphasizing the scientific magnitude of the material we have available, the people of Cyprus are beginning to appreciate why Cellular Medicine, the healthcare knowledge of the future, urgently needs to be included in our country’s education programs. So my advice to anyone who wants to follow our example would be to start investigating and get connected!