BEYOND EDUCATION SUMMIT 2019

The second of Beyond Education summit organized by NUN Schools was held on March 9th. At the summit centred on the concept of "willpower", new perspectives were presented to the participants under the guidance of experts. At the summit, which 600 people from 20 different provinces attended, it was emphasized that human beings should be at the centre of education.

The 2019 summit of Beyond Education, which took place in Beykoz campus of NUN Schools, started with a live questionnaire on the willpower to increase the awareness of the participants. The questionnaire revealed the participants' willpower and habits with the answers given about subjects such as healthy nutrition and mobile phone use.

The opening speech of the summit was made by the Minister of National Education Ziya Selçuk. Selçuk said that it is necessary to start by understanding the concept of willpower correctly and he said “we have to go over the problems with the biplane approach." Selçuk pointed out that willpower is not a concept to be imported from the outside or to be developed, but a concept to be exported from the inside to the outside, and he defined teaching as a learning journey.

The first panel of the day and the main subject of the day that continued after the speech of the Minister of National Education, ”Willpower in Education" panel was moderated by Fatih Nida Üye, NUN Schools Founder Representative. One of the speakers of the first panel, Prof. Dr. Recep Şentürk said, "first we must focus on the human being and then open a parenthesis to the willpower. It is not possible to understand the concept of willpower without defining human being. If we just focus on the willpower, it's like focusing on the wheel and forgetting the car, before we ask what the willpower is, we have to answer the question of what is human being."

Mehmet Teber, who took the floor at the "Willpower in Education" panel after Şentürk, shared the psychological aspects of what should be considered while giving the willpower education to the students and shared them with the participants. Teber said, " parenting is the art of allowing the child to be sufficiently challenged. When we take away the challenges from the child, we also take away the willpower. Reconciliation with the challenges is one of the most practical ways to increase willpower today."

Prof. Dr. Özge Hacıfazlıoğlu emphasized the concept of "Willpower in International Baccalaureate Education." Hacıfazlıoğlu talked about what the International Baccalaureate system, which offers a long and modern education opportunity in many countries of the world, promises for the students to be balanced individuals. Hacıfazlıoğlu who continued her speech with international examples mentioned the applications of the good examples in Turkey as abroad.

Prof. Dr. Mücahit Öztürk mentioned the willpower in the axis of combating addictions, one of the biggest problems of the modern era. "There is a complex structure between addiction and willpower. Modern science sees addiction as a chronic disease. But the way to addiction doesn't tell us how to eliminate it. It doesn't tell not to wander around the swamp." He emphasized that addiction is as old as human history. Increasing spiritual motivation is very important to get rid of addiction."

After the First Panel, Beyond Education 2019 Summit continued with the speech of Prof. Dr. İskender Pala on the "relationship between human and culture and art". Pala, in his speech, drew attention to the difference between the concepts of knowledge and culture. Pala, who said that knowledge had been multiplied by the same culture as in the centuries, stated that "the broader your culture, the higher your life perspective." He concluded his words by defining the culture as an ideal and saying, "the culture is a matter of who we will be like, whom we will resemble."

Assoc. Prof. Nihan Ketrez, who made the first speech within the framework of the "Importance of Native Language in Education and its relationship with Universality", made a presentation on how the language shaped its thought structure in the second panel of the day, moderated by Dr. Zeynep Kevser Şerefoğlu Danış. 

Assoc. Prof. Deniz Melanlıoğlu focused on the importance of the native language in her speech, and advised the educators, "let your students write. Don't worry about spelling mistakes. As long as they want to write. We correct their mistakes, teach the truth."

Prof. Dr. Kenan Gürsoy, the last speaker of the panel, emphasized the fact that the young people have a personality: "if you do not have a personality, you do not have the opportunity to be with others in a certain environment. Because we know ourselves, we know the others and we become "us". Gürsoy stated that there willpower be no thought and communication without language there will be no ideas nor communication, “Language is your inner meaning, thus your character in flesh and blood”.

In the panel named “Following the footsteps of wise teachers,” experienced teachers Bekir Sıtkı Turhan, Mihraç Kulu and Ayla Ağabegüm shared their delightful personal stories with the guests.

The program ended with a conversation and concert with Şirin Pancaroğlu on “Tracing the roots from local to universal with music” .

Participants showed great interest in the 28 workshops that took place concurrently before the last panel. They have experienced workshops on various topics like zero waste project, nonlinear thinking, writing with the Little Prince, robotic coding in classrooms.