Students of Izmir University of Economics (IUE) took action to support the education and social development of children in disadvantaged regions, becoming both their teachers and life coaches. 7 students studying in different departments of IUE tutored 37 primary and secondary school students over the internet as part of the “Kızılay Öğretmenim” (My Red Crescent Teacher) project and did homework with them. IUE students, who also spent pleasant time with children by preparing surprise games, became a source of hope and energy for disadvantaged children in difficult pandemic conditions.
Students, who took the "Volunteering Studies" course given by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Selin Türkel, Head of IUE Department of Public Relations and Advertising, were included in the "My Red Crescent Teacher" project with the guidance of their academics.
THEY RECEIVED TRAINING FROM KIZILAY
IUE students, who received 8-hour training from the experts at the Turkish Red Crescent Community Center, received training on many subjects such as how they should communicate with children and what kind of training children need. IUE students Berfin Arabacıoğlu, Ceren Altunkaya, Özge Mutlu, Vahide Alkan, Gizem Bayat, Selen Gülen and Özlem Mireş started to support the children determined by the Red Crescent. IUE students, who made a joint schedule with children, considering the course and exam dates, came together with children online for at least 5 hours a week. Young people, who mingled with children in a month and supported them during their difficult times, experienced the pride of participating in an exemplary project.
NEW PROJECTS COMING SOON
Providing information about the project, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Türkel said, “Our course, which students from all departments can attend, is not taught only in theory, but also laid the groundwork for concrete projects that touch the lives of different segments. Recently, we developed a different project in which we determined the medical terms that were frequently used during the pandemic period and completed our work so that a dictionary with their Turkish equivalents could be created. We want our students to produce social responsibility projects by dividing them into groups or play an active role in existing projects. The project with the Turkish Red Crescent is one of them. Our students went through a very beneficent process, being aware of the responsibility of the project, and provided great support to the disadvantaged children. Such projects positively affect the development of our students and their success in their courses. We will continue to produce more projects.”