WHAT CAN P4C & MUN BRING TO YOUR SCHOOL?
Guest blog written by:
Berrin Işıl Özer and Sibel Altunyurek at Karşıyaka Cihat Kora Anadolu Lisesi, Turkey
Our Erasmus + adventure, which started in 2017 with the In Others’ Shoes project, continues with the Thinking Otherwise project. Country visits and trainings, since the beginning of the project, have been a great achievement for teachers and students in our school.
As the first job, the project was introduced on the basis of classes. Erasmus + display wall was prepared and updated regularly. Since the teachers and students of our school were open to development and innovation in general, the activities in the classroom were both fun and instructive. In the trainings we received at Global Education Derby, as well as the activities we had the opportunity to implement in person, we made various applications by utilizing the resources provided to us. We were surprised by the ideas and inferences that students put forward, especially at P4C (Philosophy for Children) events. With the implementation of these studies in the coming years, it will enable children to develop reasoning, conceptualization, correlation, hypothetical thinking and abstraction skills. In addition, students' communication skills will improve. This will increase their ability to listen to others and express themselves. P4C has become a social movement in the world today. In our country, studies are carried out in order to carry the Investigating Community Model to all areas of education and to include philosophy education in the curriculum in earlier classes.
Every year, MUN (Model United Nations) meetings are held in our school. In this way, with the participation of schools from many provinces and districts, students seek solutions to the problems of the countries they represent in a democratic, civilized and impartial manner. In our opinion, such activities create awareness for students about the problems, wars and struggles experienced by people in today's globalizing world. In addition to the roles we play in everyday life, we also have a role that we do not recognize every day, but perhaps affect millions of people: world citizenship, that is to be human. The sooner we adopt our “world citizenship” role as individuals and institutions and the better we can fulfill its responsibilities, the more we will be able to benefit from the resources of the world. Young people realize that to become conscious of world citizenship means to give importance to interaction with the world, to represent the activities in international platforms and to create international brands. Those who benefit the most from the blessings of the world will be those who protect, develop and add value to the world in the best possible way. Not only will you be interested in inward matters, but there will be solutions to the problems of the world. In other words, the winners will be those who care about the role of world citizenship. This year, the students of the MUN group attend the MUN meetings held in other schools, while also preparing the meetings to be held in our school.