We Carried Out The First International Teacher Training Program

The Istanbul Foundation for Science and Culture hosted a program emphasizing the importance of a unity-based educational model by welcoming 30 international educators and faculty members. Under the foundation's auspices, the "1st Teacher Training Program," held for the first time this year from August 14th to August 19th, continued for 6 days, including opening and closing ceremonies, as well as day-long sessions consisting of both theoretical and practical training.

21.09.2023


The opening of the one-week Education Program took place at IIKV (Istanbul Foundation for Education and Culture) on August 14th through a live broadcast. IIKV Board of Trustees Chairman Said Yüce and Prof. Dr. Necati Aydın, who prepared the education program, initiated the program with their opening speeches.

In his opening speech, Yüce expressed that the concept of "mana-yı harfi" not only provides a perspective for Muslims but also for educators worldwide. He explained this concept by saying, "When we put on the 'faith glasses,' these glasses show us the owner of the universe, and what actually points to it are the verses of the Quran regarding monotheism."

Necati Aydın, while explaining the monotheism-based education model called "5D Thinking" that he has been working on for 20 years, summarized the solution by saying, "According to the approach we understand from 'mana-yı harfi,' we cannot fully explain any subject without describing Allah; we either provide incomplete information or give incorrect information." He continued as follows:

"When the language of education in physics, chemistry, biology, and all other branches of science is established without a connection to Allah, it brings about significant problems and difficulties."


In the first session of the program, Prof. Dr. Yunus Çengel delivered a presentation on the topic of "Knowledge, Will, and Power."

In the second session, Necati Aydın spoke about "Science, Scientism, and the Creator."

In the third session, Uzma Ahmed addressed the topic of "Secularism in Textbooks" during her presentation.

During the first session of the second day, Prof. Dr. Necati Aydın conducted a lesson on the topic of the "Secular Trinity: Nature, Causality, and Chance."

In the second session, Prof. Dr. Alparslan Açıkgeç spoke about the "History of Science in Islamic Civilization" during his presentation.

In the third session, Prof. Dr. Necati Aydın discussed the topic of "The Letter Perspective on the Integration of Knowledge."

During the fourth session of the second day, Prof. Dr. Alparslan Açıkgenç presented the topic of "Epistemology and Education" to the participants.

The third day began with a session in which Prof. Dr. Necati Aydın discussed the topic of "Learning the Language of Allah."

Following that, in the second session, Prof. Dr. Colin Turner provided education on "Seeing the Divine Names in Creation."

In the third session, Prof. Dr. Necati Aydın outlined the fundamental ideas he considers as the first step of the five-dimensional thinking methodology, titled "Integrative Knowledge Model: 5D Thinking."

Theoretical part:

I. Intention: Intention is a significant factor that guides our thoughts and determines how we should perceive the universe. Our intention serves as a pivotal point for embarking on a journey from materiality to spirituality. Our purpose of acquiring knowledge is to understand the purpose of creation in the universe and establish a closer relationship with Allah. This perspective forms the foundation of the 5-dimensional thinking methodology.

II. The Secular Trinity: Nature, causality, and chance generally allude to our understanding of the laws and order of nature. However, from the perspective of the names of Allah, these laws are determined by the divine names of 'Adetullah' (the Divine Custom) and 'Sunnatullah' (the Divine Way), and the order in the universe points to Allah. Causes, from the perspective of the divine names, are events that occur in accordance with Allah's laws of creation. While secular thinking argues that events are random and can be explained by probability, the perspective of the divine names asserts that everything is created and guided by Allah.

III. Self-Reference: "Ene" refers to an individual's own limitations, needs, ignorance, and weakness. It is a step in human beings' path to communication with Allah, signifying closeness to Allah and knowledge. This constitutes the third pillar of the methodology and draws inspiration from the 30th Word.

 

Methodological Part:

I. In the analytical dimension, which is the first dimension of the 5-Dimensional Thinking Method, we strive to understand fundamental information about the universe by focusing on the divine names. This dimension emphasizes the miracles in the universe by using simple and clear language, sharing observations, and knowledge.
II. In the analogical dimension, we attempt to understand complex issues through similarities.
III. In the critical dimension, critical and analytical thinking involves questioning knowledge and seeking a deeper understanding.
IV. In the contemplative dimension, we seek to understand objects and ourselves through deep thinking and inner exploration.
V. Moral Dimension: we contemplate how to integrate this knowledge into our own lives and the lives of people, promoting righteous actions.This methodology represents an approach aimed at delving deeper into the processes of thinking and understanding.

The first session of the fourth day started with a lecture by Prof. Dr. Colin Turner in which he explained the topic of "The Monotheistic Worldview" to the participants.

 

In the second session, the program was followed by Saba Irshad's presentation on "5D Topics: Skeletal Minerals."

In the next session, Uzma Ahmed asked for suggestions from the participants during her pilot study class on "5D Curriculum Integration and Lesson Planning in the Classroom."

In the fourth session, Prof. Dr. Necati Aydın showed the participants how to write 5D topics.

In the final session of the day, participants were asked to prepare a draft of a five-dimensional topic through group work.

The first presentation on the last day of the program was delivered by Aisha Aowais on the topic of "5D Method Control Checklist (5D Topics - Cell, Weather)."

In the second session, participants were expected to complete the final stages of the five-dimensional topic draft they had started preparing the previous day.

In the final session of the day, participants presented their prepared "5D Topic Drafts."

On the last day of the program, after the completed training sessions, reinforcement activities were conducted through question-and-answer sessions to assess and evaluate the participants' mastery of the subject matter.

Additionally, organized by our foundation, following the full-day training sessions in the program, there were trips in Istanbul, lessons on Risale-i Nur, and cultural dinners.

The "Educating the Educators Program" came to an end with a closing ceremony held at Rüstempaşa Medrese after a week of intensive training.

Participants emphasized that they did not imagine such comprehensive training when they joined the program, and they expressed their astonishment and satisfaction with the education they received. They highlighted their admiration for Risale-i Nur through the "mana-yı harfi" method they learned during the training. Following that, they extended their gratitude and appreciation to the Istanbul Foundation for Education and Culture and the instructors who taught during the program.

Additionally, the 30 educators who participated from 9 countries, including Canada, the United Kingdom, Pakistan, expressed their desire to teach their colleagues and implement the "5D Dimensional Thinking Method" they learned as soon as they return to their respective countries and schools. In the future, these educators will enter into a follow-up process regarding the implementation of the model.


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