STUDENTS WILL LEARN ECOLOGICAL AGRICULTURE

News Source: ANKA

Education, Geriatrics, Ecological Agriculture, Tourism (EGET) Foundation and Muğla American Culture College (TAÇ Schools) will teach students about ecological agriculture with a joint project. Safai Özer, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the EGET Foundation, said, “We think that this project, which will be implemented at a professional level by emphasizing the ecological dimension of agriculture, will be a pioneering project for many schools as well.”

EGET Foundation and TAÇ Schools started a project to implement ecological farming practices for students. 2,500 square meters (2.5 decares) of land within TAÇ Schools has been reserved for ecological agriculture. In this field, students will practice ecological agriculture under the leadership of EGET Foundation agricultural experts. A protocol for implementation was signed between EGET Foundation and Muğla American Culture College.

Making evaluations about the cooperation, EGET Foundation Chairman of the Board of Trustees Safai Özer made the following statement regarding the program:

“This project is very important not only for Muğla but also for Turkey. With this knowledge acquired at the kindergarten and primary education level, students will not only gain vital skills, but also gain valuabla information that they will use when they become adults and that will shape their future and therefore society; moreover, they will even be instrumental in the education of their parents in this context. We believe that this project, which will be implemented at a professional level by emphasizing the ecological dimension of agriculture, will be a pioneering project for many schools.. We are happy to cooperate with TAÇ schools..”

“ONLY WITH APRACTICE THE BENEFITS WILL BE SEEN”

Osman Doğan, one of the founders of Muğla American Culture College (TAÇ Schools), stated that they aim to raise awareness of ecological agriculture at a young age and said:

“As TAÇ Schools, it is our vision to link the education provided to our students and the knowledge they will acquire with every aspect of their lives. Considering that we have an important responsibility in this regard, we have taken a good step. I think that our cooperation with the EGET Foundation, which has initiatives and important works on ecological agriculture and transfers the income they earn to students as scholarships, is important. Agricultural education to be provided to kindergarten and primary school students should not remain in theory only. Studying without touching the soil, planting seedlings or witnessing the growth of the plant will result in forgetting what has been learned in a short time. We believe that this training will be permanent and its long-term benefits can be seen only with one-to-one applications in the field.”

“PURPOSE OF RECOGNITION OF ECOLOGICAL AGRICULTURE”

Özlem Uzman, Chairman of the Board of EGET Foundation, also explained:

“During the implementation, EGET Foundation agricultural engineers will also document the progress made by the students as supervisors. The main purpose here is for students to know and love ecological agriculture and nature better; therefore, the right information is transferred to the next generations and our country creates an infrastructure in agriculture. Today’s agriculture, where the land is used rudely; toxic chemicals are used under the name of fertilizers and pesticides to prevent diseases and pesticides are applied to the plants we eat; We can define it as a method in which water resources are consumed by wild irrigation. This method is essentially a system of making short-term gains at the expense of long-term social and environmental resources. Sustainable agriculture has emerged as a result of the need for an economically beneficial model without ignoring environmental effects. Ecological agriculture is exactly what we need today; economically accessible; proposes environmentally friendly and socially acceptable systems. The existence of soil and climatic conditions that are very suitable for agriculture in our country makes the subject much more meaningful for Turkey. We hope this project will set an example for all our primary schools.”