More than 150 educators, from 10 countries attended the sixth Spectrum of Education symposium held in Istanbul 4-6 May. Organized by AFS Turkey (Türk Kültür Vakfı) and FMV Işık Okulları school, the symposium, pushed participants to delve deeply into the elements required to make global citizenship education successful. This annual symposium is a part of a series AFS events worldwide which empower educators.

Teachers who participated in this event focused on how intercultural learning helps develop global citizens. Batuhan Aydagül, Director of Education Reform Initiative (ERI), a Turkish non-governmental think-and-do-tank in education, emphasized the importance of tackling  21st century skills as a lifelong learning challenge.  

The symposium included a cultural bazaar where participants used cultural artifacts from their countries to spark conversations on  cultural values. Attendees also experienced the traditional Turkish art of “Water Marbling” provided by FMV Işık Okulları school.


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