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  • Empowering Education: A-CLASE Project Strikes a Chord with Sarıyer Stakeholders

    Dissemination Meeting with Sarıyer Guidance and Research Center On June 12, 2024, we successfully organized a dissemination meeting with our stakeholder, Sarıyer Guidance and Research Center. The meeting saw an impressive turnout with 87 participants, including teachers, managers, and school counselors. Meltem Ceylan, a member of the project management board, presented the A-CLASE project. The aim was to introduce the project to key educational figures who can amplify its impact and bridge the connection between us and our target groups. During the meeting, we detailed our project activities and objectives. We announced our decision to select 10 ambassadors and 50 unemployed adult learners. This initiative is part of our collaborative effort with partners across Slovenia and Turkey, focusing on transformative activities, leadership workshops, and dialogic gatherings. Together, we aim to create a vibrant community where learning transcends generational boundaries and empowers adult learners. Stay tuned for more updates as we continue to make strides in transforming lives through education and collaboration.

  • 🌍 Promoting Democratic Citizenship: IDEALS Erasmus+ Project's First LTTA in the Netherlands

    From May 13 to May 17, 2024, our Erasmus+ project named IDEALS (Intercultural Democratic Education and Soft Skills) held its first Learning, Teaching, Training Activity (LTTA) in the Netherlands. This activity, aligned with the fourth Work Package (WP4) of the IDEALS project, aimed to develop democratic citizenship through a variety of cooperative activities. The event facilitated cooperation, shared best practices among European educational institutions, and promoted democratic citizenship among young people. The primary objectives of the LTTA were multifaceted. Firstly, it aimed to increase students' understanding of democratic values, including human rights, equality, and social justice, and to encourage their active participation in democratic processes at local, national, and European levels. Secondly, the activities were designed to develop students' intercultural competence and understanding, promoting respect for diversity and multiculturalism . Thirdly, fostering a sense of shared values and common goals among students was a key objective, encouraging them to work collaboratively across cultural and national boundaries . In addition to these goals, the LTTA sought to enhance students' communication, collaboration, and leadership skills by providing them with opportunities to practice these skills in a multicultural and multilingual environment . Empowering young people to become active and engaged citizens, committed to working towards positive social change in their communities and beyond, was another crucial aim . Finally, the LTTA aimed to promote the values of the Erasmus+ programme, raising awareness among participants and stakeholders about the opportunities for intercultural learning and cooperation that the programme provides . The LTTA began with a visit to the European Commission and the European Parliamentarium in Brussels on May 13, 2024. This visit provided students with valuable insights into the functioning of the European Union and its role in promoting democratic values and citizenship across member states 🇪🇺. The visit also included exploring the city of Brussels, offering a deeper understanding of European democracy . The second day featured a Model EU workshop led by European Commission speaker Fons Janssens. This interactive session allowed students to engage in a simulation of the EU's decision-making process, fostering a practical understanding of European governance . In the afternoon, students participated in group work and a cooperative action-bound game to explore Maastricht, the city where the Euro was born. This activity not only enhanced their teamwork skills but also deepened their appreciation of European history and cooperation 🇪🇺. On the third day, a workshop conducted by Global Exploration focused on global legislative processes based on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) . This session provided students with a global perspective on legislative practices and the importance of sustainability. In the afternoon, students participated in sports activities, promoting teamwork and intercultural interaction in an informal setting . The fourth day was dedicated to group work, where students from Turkey, the Netherlands, Romania, Italy, and Bulgaria collaborated to solve challenges and produce new projects and creative solutions . This day emphasized the importance of collaboration and innovation, as students worked together to address real-world issues. The LTTA concluded on the fifth day with students presenting their projects, showcasing the outcomes of their collaborative efforts . The day ended with a farewell session, reflecting on the week's experiences and the bonds formed . The LTTA was marked by several significant outcomes. It increased students' understanding of democratic processes through direct engagement with European institutions and simulations. The activities fostered intercultural competence and respect for diversity, while collaborative projects encouraged innovation and problem-solving across cultural and national boundaries . Students also developed crucial skills such as communication, collaboration, and leadership, and were empowered to become active citizens committed to social change . As we reflect on this successful event, we are excited about the future phases of the IDEALS project. The experiences and insights gained from this LTTA will significantly contribute to the ongoing success of our initiatives, helping to create more inclusive and participatory educational environments across Europe. We extend our gratitude to all participants and partners for their dedication and contributions, and we look forward to continuing our collaborative journey towards fostering democratic citizenship and intercultural understanding.

  • Journey to the Future with New Generation Education Panel

    The "Journey to the Future with New Generation Education" panel of the "Geleceğe Yolculuk" project, supported by ISTKA, was hosted by Enka Schools on January 4, 2024, at 11:00 am at Enka Auditorium with the participation of more than 400 attendees on an international scale. The participants of the event, which was shaped around the theme of "New Generation Education," consisted of protocol members, academicians, experts, educators, parents, administrators, and NGO employees. The event started with the speech of Sarıyer District Director of National Education, Hüseyin ÖZCANLAR, and continued with the Journey to the Future Project Presentation by Project Coordinator Sibel SAYGIN. The opening speech of the Journey to the Future with New Generation Education Panel was delivered by Prof. Dr. Seyfi Kenan, Dean of Marmara University Faculty of Education, and the panel was moderated by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ayşin Kaplan Sayı, Faculty Member of Bahçeşehir University Faculty of Educational Sciences. During the panel discussion session, Prof. Dr. Hakan Akçay from Boğaziçi University Faculty of Education, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Aşkın Kocabaş from Koç University Faculty of Science, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tuncer Can from Istanbul University Cerrahpaşa Faculty of Education, and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nihal Yurtseven from Bahçeşehir University Faculty of Educational Sciences discussed important issues such as the roles of teachers, the profile of 21st century students, the evolving role of parenting in education, teacher professionalism, raising science-loving students, designer teacher profiles, and advice for the alpha generation. Within the framework of the discourse of education for the new generation, the international dimension of the event, which provided a pleasant panel concert to the participants, and ISTKA and its support for education were disseminated to eight different countries, and the Journey to the Future Project was presented as a good example. The second half of the event continued with international project presentations and the sharing of best practices that best address the changing educational methods and techniques of the new generation of educators. Following the presentations, the event was organized in the foyer area, where the participants discussed different funding sources and cooperation. In this way, synergy on new practices and sharing in education contributed to the formation of synergy.

  • Successful Kick-Off Meeting for the A-CLASE Project!

    We are happy to announce the successful kick-off meeting for our A-CLASE project, held online on February 7th, 2024. This milestone event brought together representatives from Razvojno izobraževalni center Novo mesto (Slovenia) and Saygın Eğitimciler ve Girişimciler Derneği (Turkey) to officially launch our collaborative initiative. Meeting Highlights: Introductions: Partners introduced themselves and outlined their roles and expectations. Project Overview: An in-depth presentation covered project goals, timelines, and activities, such as training senior volunteers and hosting dialogic gatherings. Financial Management: Key guidelines on budget management and reporting were shared. Roles and Responsibilities: Each partner’s tasks were clearly defined, focusing on communication, quality assurance, and risk management. This meeting set a robust foundation for our project, emphasizing our commitment to promoting inclusion, lifelong learning, and employability through collaborative efforts. Stay tuned for more updates as we advance this exciting journey together!

  • Mathgan MOOC starts on November 13th!

    🎓🤔 Are you a math teacher, educator, tutor or more generally someone who works to improve the math skills of children and young people? 🤩 Then this MOOC is for you! M@thgan MOOC offers a transformative journey into innovative math education by providing solutions to common challenges in the classroom. 📺 Mathgan MOOC starts on November 11th at 12:00 pm PT. Don't miss this opportunity to improve your teaching and make math exciting for your students! Register now 👉 #MatematikEğitim #MatematikÖğretimi #MOOC #ERASMUSplus

  • Check out BUILDENT PROJECT'S broschure

    SAYEG Association is one of the project partner of the BUILDENT project which is funded under Erasmus KA220 Cooperation project. BUILDENT seeks to develop key competences, by establishing good practices for better support of educational staff in their tasks and improving their education, for updating assessment and validation methods and tools, and for introducing new and innovative forms of teaching and learning needed for personal fulfilment, employability, socio-educational and personal development, as well as participation in civic and social life. As a tool, it seeks to improve both digital and entrepreneurial competences motivating more young people and their teachers. Financial literacy is one of the essential skills defined by EntreComp which constitutes the building blocks of entrepreneurship. Education has been indicated as a solution in building tomorrow’s entrepreneurships skills with EntreComp implemented as the educational guideline. OECD PISA surveys measuring 15-year-olds’ ability to use their reading, mathematics, science, knowledge & skills to meet real-life challenges highlight that students that are aware of financial concepts are taught by parents not schools.

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