Turkish society is in undergoing great change; this change brings not only the potential for conflict but also for political and civil democratization. Within this framework, social peace and democratization conditions need to be understood from a new perspective. This new way of thinking is allowing for the strengthening of education. With the aim of sharing with teachers and educators the resources from the program to support and strengthen teachers by SEÇBİR and the Education Reform Initiative (ERG) a certificate program was started under the roof of Istanbul Bilgi University. The aim of this program is to create an education setting oriented towards critical thinking especially in regards to controversial issues. A special focus is given to cross-disciplinary application. The certificate program, to be implemented every academic semester, began with the 2013-2014 Fall semester. The first session will occur over 13 weeks every Saturday between the 21st of September and the 4th of January.

Topic Headings:

  • Democratic Allegiance and Critical Considerations
  • Inter-group Relations and Discrimination
  • Culture, Identity and Pluralism
  • Gender, Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation
  • Disability
  • Ageism, Childhood and Child Participation
  • Poverty and Social Exclusion
  • Struggle against Discrimination: Equality and Justice

Program Director: Kenan Çayır

Program Coordinator: Melisa Soran

Academic Consultant: İpek Gürkaynak

Teacher’s Workshop: “Discussing Controversial Issues in an Educational Setting” Certificate Program is supported by: The Open Society Foundation (Açık Toplum Vakfı), the Swedish Consulate, the Dutch Consulate “Matra” Program, The Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Association, and Istanbul Bilgi University.