Youth in Action: Cultural education programs
The EU- Youth in Action -project ‘Turkish Culture and Tradition’ (short: T-Cat), took place in Braunschweig from January 30th until February 8th 2014. German and Turkish students – in total 20 – worked together to realize our goal – informing German students about Turkish culture, and to fight prejudices and bias. Therefore we developed 3 education programs. Follow the link below each project for detailed information and description of the programs. Feel free to use them! Further material is available on request.
- Turkish Wedding
The aim of this educational program called “Turkish Wedding” is to inform the students’ of Turkish wedding traditions. Moreover we wanted to give them an example that Turkey is also moving forward and develops to be a more democratic country – with all its facets. Therefore we included a lot of examples in regard to old compared to new traditions. Especially the importance of the woman’s freedom in choosing their partner has been very important for both of our groups. This has been one of the main things our groups have been talking about in the meetings prior to developing the projects. That’s why we included the woman’s point of view every step of the way in the role play.Turkish Traditions are important for their life but nowadays they are also interpreted in a new, more opener way. But this is not common for all families and regions of Turkey. Especially the Istanbul region is more open for the western lifestyle. There is a big contrast between cities and countryside. Download! (.pdf)
- Turkish cuisine and dances
The aim of this educational program called “Turkish cuisine and dances” is to strengthen the students’ knowledge about the connections between the cultural traditions and the region where they are conducted in Turkey. Therefore each unit clarifies a single aspect concerning the cultural background, maintains the just gained knowledge and expands the conviction and decreases prejudices. The topic of culture and tradition is of high importance for our daily life and that a negative influence on one of them also affects the other, is one of the main topics of the program and found throughout every unit.While they are preparing and eating food, which they view as a part of their culture, they are taking they are together with friends and family. TCAT experiences made clear, that preparing and consuming food is done with a lot more devotion than in today’s German traditions. Download! (.pdf)
- Atatürk and Turkish National Days
The aim of this educational program called “Atatürk and Turkish National Days” is to teach the student about the founder of the Republic of Turkey, Atatürk, and thus learn about the foundations of today’s Turkish Culture and Traditions.During this class the main focus lies on the life and work of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. As a turkish hero and revolutionist Atatürk is still a role model to many turks in these days and marks the foundation of turkish culture. It is vital for the understanding of today’s relations in Turkey to learn about the political and social influences of Kemal Atatürk in the past. In addition the class also approaches the most important national days. These and their background show different historic and social aspects important to Turkish culture. Download! (.pdf)