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3rd PEARLS Partner Meeting

Hüseyin Özcan

From October 16th – 19th 2016 the third PEARLS meeting took place in Edirne/Turkey. Edirne is located in the Marmara region, the river Merics seperates Turkey from Greece.

Mr. Hüseyin Özcan from the Directorate National Education of the Province Edirne welcomed the PEARLS consortium. He mentioned the achievements in the educational sector of Edirne. And he expressed his worries about the growing islamophobia in Europe and resentments against the Turkish government. Also Aydin Karaca welcomed us, he is the headmaster of the Mustafa Necati school. A photographer took pictures from the opening ceremony, one day later articles in several newspapers were published – all due to press releases of the Turkish PEARLS partners.

The Turkish PEARLS partners

During the meeting partners presented findings from trial courses of the modules for the teacher training course, they discussed in small groups last changes, so that the final versions are going to be finished 30th of November 2016. Afterwards the translation, layout and printing can take place.

The international teacher training course (TTC) is going to take place in Budapest in April 2017. At the moment 13 participants from Croatia and Germany are confirmed, the Turkish and the Romanian partners are trying to get funding for teachers as well. After a day full of presentations and group work, Claudia Casariu presented her movie which shows the situation of Rroma in Pascani/Romania. The partners were impressed. They want this movie to be a part of the TTC.

Movie from Claudia Casariu

The Turkish partners offered a very nice free time program, we visited the beautifully restored synagogue in Edirne, the famous and impressive Selimiye mosque and a basar. But the highlight of the program was the visit of our partner school Mustafa Necati. Most of the pupils are Rroma. A group welcomed us with a brilliant drum performance.

Percussion group of the Mustafa Necati School
PEARLS team after visiting the Selimiye mosque