BEGEP Project Opening Conference
The Opening Conference of the Development of Inclusive Education Project, which was initiated by the General Directorate of Special Education and Guidance Services of the Republic of Turkey the Ministry of National Education in order to provide appropriate educational environments for children with special education needs, was held on Tuesday, December 17, 2019.
Deputy Minister Prof. Dr. Mustafa Safran, First Counsellor of the Delegation of European Union to Turkey Mr. Angel Gutierrez Hidalgo and Human Resources Development Operating Structure, Head of the Directorate of European Union and Financial Assistance Ms. Süreyya Erkan participated in the Opening Conference which was held in Ankara.
The conference, which was attended by representatives of public institutions and organizations, universities and non-governmental organizations, started with the opening speeches.
After the announcement of the “My Story” National Short Film Contest to be held within the scope of the project, the introductory film of the project was displayed. Following the piano recital by our student Tuana Alkan, the choir of MEV Gökkuşağı Secondary School performed the concert called “We Are A Whole with Our Differences” at the Opening Conference.
The afternoon session of the Opening Conference started with the presentation of the Key Expert on Training of BEGEP Project Ms. Mudite Reigase and she provided information about the project. After the presentation of Ms. Reigase, Amputee National Football Team Player Mr. Barış Telli presented his own success story.
In the final part of the Opening Conference, “Panel on Inclusive Education” was carried out. The importance of inclusive education, the role of the teacher in inclusive education, the difficulties encountered in inclusive practices and solutions, and the practices in the European Union are discussed in the panel. Hacettepe University Faculty of Education Head of the Department of Special Education Prof. Dr. Mr. Mustafa Baloğlu has been the moderator of the panel and Key Expert on Training of BEGEP Project Ms. Mudite Reigase, Hacettepe University Faculty of Education, Department of Basic Education Prof. Dr. Ms. Bülbin Sucuoğlu, Anadolu University Research Institute for Individuals with Disabilities Prof. Dr. Ms. Elif Tekin İftar and Deputy Chair of the Autism Federation, Head of the Şafak Association of Individuals with Autism Ms. Pervin Sabur and vocal artist Mr. Özgün Uğurlu have participated in the panel to share their experiences.