Spectrum of Education

 

            Our sixth annual Spectrum of Education Conference, attended by more than 200 educators, was hosted at FMV Schools' Nişantaşı this year on May 5th. This year's conference was a collaborative work between FMV Schools and the Türk Kültür Vakfı (Foundation for Turkish Culture) and was based on the theme: On the Path to Globalization: What is Missing and what is Not?

            The conference opened with a speech from Koray Tulgar, CEO of the FMV Foundation, followed by Batuhan Aydagül's sharing of his experiences in his talk on 'Education for Life'. Tony Gurr spoke about how much change ten years have wrought on the road from world citizenship to world digital citizenship. The final speaker of the morning session was Esat Uğurlu, who shared his thoughts on world citizenship from the perspective of a Turk living abroad.

                The afternoon session opened with Lucas Welter's talk. Mr. Welter is involved in AFS intercultural programmes and spoke about 'Intercultural Learning and Global Competencies'. Our final speaker was Professor Doctor Örsan Öymen, Head of the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at Işık University, who spoke on 'Philosophy and Education'. In addition to these individual speakers, we hosted a 4-person panel in which educators and school administrators from Serbia, India, South Africa and Slovakia shared their own in-school and national experiences of global citizenship.
            On the following day, Sunday 6th, activities were held in the school to provide our international guests with flavours of Turkey. They attended a demonstration of paper marbling and had the chance to create their own souvenir if they wished. Our guests also set up their own stands and shared souvenirs and brochures about their own countries.  Our school choir then provided entertainment, singing a number of the Turkish folk songs with which they will represent our school at the Helsingborg Choir Festival in Sweden. Our Parent-Teacher Association also organised a 'Culture Fare' which allowed the guests to sample regional Turkish tastes and products. This was the finale of our 3-day 'Spectrum of Education' conference and its accompanying activities, days that were  productive and enjoyable for everyone involved and our guests, both Turkish and foreign.