Bilgi Cagi magazine questions the role of the education policies and implementations from curriculum to tools used in education and training in developing creative thinking and increasing competitiveness in its October edition. The magazine looks upon the current education system and emphasizes the lack of the approach which aims to develop a creative and innovative education system.
Bilgi Cagi magazine presents some figures in educational reforms. As the magazine emphasizes Turkey is below the OECD countries’ average in applied sciences, mathematics and text comprehension. The magazine also included the ideas and comments of Hüseyin Çelik, Minister of Education. As Çelik states, the Ministry of Education has defined six problematic areas in the national education: the percentage of schooling, physical and technological infrastructure, training of teachers, counseling system and curriculum. The Ministry has renewed the curriculum with an aim to develop the critical thinking, research and questioning abilities of students in education. Moreover, Prof. Dr. Ziya Selçuk, the former head of Education and Training Committee of National Ministry of Education, states that critical thinking has been incorporated in the curriculum with other 7 principal goals of new education curriculum. However, besides the reform in curriculum, he stressed the need for critical minds to apply the curriculum.
Leyla Arsan, TAGES CEO, underlines the need for innovation in all phases of education and training which includes preschool and school education, as well as adult education. Considering the lack of innovative education system in Turkey, Leyla Arsan suggests to follow the innovative European Union programmes with regard to education, to vitalize the internal dynamics to produce national projects, to provide the international integration of educational and training institutions and to build internal communication and working networks, to follow the goals of Vision2023 and disseminate the results of the reforms done in education.
Turkish Initiatives for Participative Education Policies
Bilgi Çağı magazine also presents the vision of the civil society organizations operating in education and training sector such as White Point Development Foundation. The foundation aims to increase problem-solving skills of individuals and institutions; development of a thinking style integrated with high ethics with an aim to challenge the education system which is imposed on 15 million people and is based on memorizing. Moreover, the magazine also points out the successful and ambitious educational initiatives; one of these initiatives is Education Reform Initiative. The Education Reform Initiative is a project initiated by Sabancı University and supported by various institutions with an aim to provide full access to education for every child, disregarding the gender and to help the preparation of participative and innovative educational policies.
TAGES is one of the main contributors in Bilgi Cagi magazine which is published monthly with a vision to watch R&D and innovation processes of Turkey where the target mass is public organisations, NGOs, private sector, universities and all parties responsible for the R&D and innovation improvement of Turkey.
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