Mustafa Şentop, Speaker of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey, said that Turkey’s main perspective for years when looking at international issues is a human-based perspective.
Speaking at the program of Turkish Education Day on December 21 at the International Balkan University (IBU) in his range of contacts in Skopje, the capital of North Macedonia, Şentop stated that the day has been celebrated as a feast by the Turkish community here since 2007.
Recalling that Turkish Education Day has been celebrated by the Macedonian-Turkish Civil Society Organizations Federation (MATÜSİTEB) for 15 years with various activities, Şentop stated that he was here on December 21 in the past and that, like Turkey, they had a high level of participation.
Şentop stated that the Turkish language is a very important and essential element in terms of preserving the existence and identity of the Turkish community in North Macedonia.
Owentop stated that North Macedonia is a multilingual and multicultural country where people of different religions live together in peace and can serve as an example to many countries in the world.
“It is very important in this regard. From the perspective of history, the Balkans is a very important center in terms of settlement in ancient times and being a place of different civilizations. For many years, people of different languages, beliefs and cultures have lived together in these lands for centuries, and we have built a common culture and a common civilization By coming from different cultures here. One of the most important elements of this is the Turkish community here and the Turkish.”
In this regard, Şentop stated that learning the Turkish language well, teaching it and giving importance to it is very important for them, and that they follow this issue closely like Turkey, noting that they have always been working closely together in this direction. In cooperation with North Macedonia.
Şentop reminded that there is a high level participation from North Macedonia in the programs organized on the occasion of December 21 Turkish Education Day and thanked him for that.
Ontop emphasized that the International Blind Union is very important in terms of showing the point reached by the bilateral relations between Turkey and North Macedonia, and that it is the most important investment that Turkey established as a communication bridge for this brotherly and friendly country.
Pointing out that businessmen from Turkey have investments in North Macedonia, Şentop said that this university is an investment that will remain in the future, and said:
“Under the leadership and under the auspices of our president (Recep Tayyip Erdogan) always, because whenever there is a problem, material or moral, our president mobilizes to solve that problem, mobilizes many circles and people. This university is basically his idea and work.”
Stating that the university has developed a lot through its location, the number of students, faculty members, and studies since the day it was founded, Şentop said, “Of course, this is not enough. We always want this university to be one of the most important educational institutions not only in the Republic of North Macedonia, but also in the Balkans. Not only in the Balkans, but also in Europe. He said.
Şentop emphasized that the world is going through a very important process of change, “This process of change is one that we clearly follow in many areas. But perhaps we can say that the most important dimension, locomotive and dynamic of this process of change is actually the subject of knowledge.” He said.
Şentop said that he was interested in many subjects during his high school years and that after finding an encyclopedia to research the questions and concepts that came to his mind. Noting that knowledge also evolves with the development of technological opportunities, Şentop noted that there are also major changes in the sources in which information can be accessed.
Şentop stated that what we might call the dynamo, the locomotive of this change in the world is basically a matter of exchanging information too quickly, producing too much information, and continued as follows:
But now knowledge is very easy, we carry it in our pockets. Everyone has easy access to information. But in this vast amount of information, right and wrong are mixed with each other. In fact, based on this epidemic, some academics, commentators and thinkers are talking about a concept called “infodemi”. In other words, it is an information epidemic, but they speak of it not only in a positive sense, but also an epidemic in a negative sense. There is a lot of information and information out there. Here, our main problem is being able to distinguish between right and wrong in so much information and knowledge, and it is important to distinguish between misleading and manipulation.”
Expressing that there has been an actual change in the nature of education with knowledge, Şentop said, “pedagogical activity, which was based on imparting knowledge before, is now based on critiquing, evaluating, and approaching information and how can we access correct information by separating right from wrong education.” It is based on giving, on teaching.” He said.
Şentop noted that in the past, education was a one-way activity and was transmitted from teacher to student.
Emphasizing that the issue of the university is no longer just a label, a diploma or a piece of paper, Şentop said that this was very important, but now it is also important to know what skills are acquired, what is learned and how it is revealed.
Şentop explained that they are talking about a change and transformation in the world, and he said that they are going through a period when time is accelerating, but they are not fully aware of it because they are in it.
The war of Russia and Ukraine
Regarding the Russo-Ukrainian War, Şentop made the following assessments:
“Look, there is a war going on in a geographical area very close to us. Russia-Ukraine war. There are different reasons. Russians have explanations about that, Ukrainians have explanations, different European countries have explanations about ‘why this happened, how it should be’, etc. The United States has it, other countries have it. While making all these statements, what we call that perspective is very important.”
Stating that taking a photo seems very simple, but being able to find perspective is very important, Şentop continued his words as follows:
“In order to do that, you have to stop somewhere, you have to take something as a basis. You look at a place from there. So, what do you prioritize, what is essential in your view of events, that is very important. As Turkey, our basic perspective is Looking at international issues for years, including this event, is a human perspective, a people-based perspective. We showed this after the war started and before it started.”
Regarding the recent grain crisis, Ontop said, “This is not just a matter of grain scarcity, there is no doubt that there are countries suffering from it, but at the same time, prices were also high due to the deterioration of grain markets. It is Turkey and our president who can negotiate with both countries on this issue.” The issue is, with Russia and Ukraine, the operation of the grain corridor under a contract we call the Istanbul Agreement.” He said.
Emphasizing that there is a similar energy crisis, Şentop said:
“Here, too, it’s not just about ‘if the war continues, Russia will be exhausted or something, if it continues, then it will be like that,’ there are people who died under such conditions, there are people who froze in winter because power lines were destroyed, There are people who have problems meeting their daily food needs, there are people. There has been a mass migration. I’m talking about the close geography, but not just our close geography, when you go into the Middle East a little bit, when you go into Afghanistan, there are such problems in many parts From the world “.
Expressing that there are issues such as globalization of information in the world, Şentop said:
“But globalization has always been seen from a capitalist materialist point of view, only the free circulation of money and the free movement of goods. But everything went into free circulation. The virus, for example, also works for free. The virus that started in China and appeared in a very short time is spreading all over the world with all its transformations. It is also universal, and diseases are also universal, and we must understand it. But health should also be universal. You know the problems we have with the vaccine in this regard. Some countries have stockpiled more than they need, without looking at other countries. But it is not enough just to vaccinate your citizens. Because a virus or a mutated virus in another country comes and strikes your country, your citizens.”
Şentop pointed out that peace should be global, “I mean that if a person does not live in peace and peace and under the slightest humane conditions anywhere in the world, the security and peace of the whole world, people living all around the world, are under threat. Now it has become Humanity is very closely intertwined in this sense.” He said.
Şentop explained that the priority should be the human being and that states, institutions, concepts and all theories exist for the human being to live a human life, and concluded his words as follows:
“We need to work within this understanding. As Turkey, we are trying to do this in the field of international relations. But of course, some politicians and some countries with big macro policies, ideals to rule the world, ambitions, etc. may take a stand against that, but “It’s not important. From now on, in such a world, where information is widespread and globalization is widespread, what will win are policies that put people first. This is what we strive for.”
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