We’ve talked to Buket Sönmez from Teachers Network, Esin Koman from FİSA Children's Rights Center and Hüsamettin Akyıldız from the Association Of Rights For Children Requiring Special Education about the inclusiveness in distance education especially for special education students, students without access to the internet and for children / students with language barriers.
We’ve talked to Midori Koçak from Women’s Software And Design Collective who states that they had created a business network for part-time working women as a collective where white-collar women are organized, about the story of their establishment process and the problems of freelancer women.
We talked to the General Manager of Teachers Academy Foundation (TAF) Füsun Çürüksu about the eCampus application where they aim to meet teachers’ and education supervisors’ professional and personal development needs. Füsun Çürüksu states that they mean to contribute to the implementation of an education model in which questioning children and young people would be raised.
While Evren Balta from Hüsnü Özyeğin University emphasizes that social inequality and vulnerabilities are at the forefront among the deaths caused by the virus, Lütfi Sunar from Istanbul Medeniyet University underlines that the process should be evaluated with special care for the poor and precarious parts of the society. Academician Cavidan Soykan states that “class discriminations” became visible from protection to isolation processes with the epidemic, while Ertan Karabıyık from Development Workshop emphasizes that the epidemic makes inequalities visible like “a litmus paper”.
Joint Statement by Romani Civil Society Organizations: “Romanis Struggle With Hunger More Than The Virus”
48 Romani Civil Society Organizations including Zero Discrimination Association, Anadolu Abdalları Joint Platform, the Aegean Region Federation of Romani Associations and Dom Communities Association made a joint statement from all over Turkey because of the April 8th, World Romani Day. The group who demanded urgent action for Romani citizens once again said: “End discrimination now!”.
We talked to Levent Ayaşoğlu, the coordinator of Earth Is Home Association that is based in Ankara’s Altındağ district about the conditions of refugees and what should be done. Ayaşoğlu states that the suspension of the work of public and non-governmental organizations among the field during the pandemic has negatively affected the refugees and the poor in the region.
We talked with the Aegean Region Coordinator of the Foundation For The Support Of Women's Work (KEDV) Ayşe Temiztaş about the works of women's cooperatives, the effects of the canceled festivals and closed booths due to the coronavirus epidemic and about the expectations of the cooperatives during this period.
Computer engineer Aykut Türker, software engineer Ceyhan Yıldız and sociologist Barış Esmer had set off with the slogan “Solidarity Will Beat The Virus” and established a solidarity platform to meet the needs of healthcare workers. Saying that their motivations are to be useful and to create awareness, sociologist Esmer summarizes the solidarity projects as follows: “İmece.biz is a platform that brings the needs of healthcare professionals together with the efforts of volunteers. Simply put, we bring the needs of healthcare professionals we gather together with the opportunities of those in the volunteer network.”
August 17, 1999 is an unforgettable date in the memory of every individual who witnessed the recent history of Turkey. In our country that had faced the devastating effects of the earthquake, much has been discussed since then, and decisions have been made, but the Elazig earthquake with a magnitude of 6.8 showed that there are more steps to be taken. Today, while 2 million risky buildings are mentioned only in Istanbul, this figure is many times more across Turkey. How can we live without losing more people in the earthquake, how can we make our buildings safe? We talked about the answers to these questions with the two civil society representatives of important sectors, Turkish Contractors Association President Mithat Yenigün and İZODER (Association Of Thermal Insulation, Waterproofing, Sound Insulation And Fireproofing Material Producers, Suppliers And Applicators) Chairman Levent Gökçe.