📩 03/04/2023 11:31
IMM President Ekrem İmamoğluattended the certificate ceremony of the Face-to-Face Law Seminars program organized with the contributions of IMM. Giving their certificates to the students of the Faculties of Law who attended the sessions that started on March 11, İmamoğlu said, “Closing education immediately, putting a block on education or saying 'let's go to face-to-face education, guys' is a very cheap move. You cannot punish education…”
Faculty of Law students and professors met at 'Face to Face Law Seminars'. The sessions of the seminar, which started on March 11, were held at the Cemal Reşit Rey Concert Hall with the support of the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IMM). Students who continue the seminar, which is open to all law faculty students, received their certificates at the end of the program with the ceremony held by the President of IMM. Ekrem İmamoğlutook it from her hand.
"WE CAN'T WALK WITH THE SAME MISTAKES"
Stating that the process that started with the earthquakes in Kahramanmaraş has revealed another time period, İmamoğlu said, “When we look holistically in the development of the economy, the development of the state, and the development of the country, the model we will reveal should raise our citizens, our citizens who were damaged by the earthquake. We cannot look ahead by facing the same mistakes again, by facing the same destructions, by experiencing great destructions in the same way. Not true. First of all, the very precious young people of this country, you must both rebel and take precautions. Besides, you should cooperate with any mind that defines the journey in this direction and set your goal to be an active force in the process.”
“THE MOMENT CHANGED MANY THINGS ABOUT MY LIFE”
Sharing that he was a 28-year-old businessman during the Gölcük Earthquake, İmamoğlu said, “I had a busy business life. We had a father-son business life. In fact, our business life was going on with this sector, the construction sector, which was at the center of the earthquake-related process. What am I doing as of the morning of this earthquake? We entered into an intense questioning, 'What kind of business life, what kind of life should I have'. I remember sitting at our tables opposite my father and spending hours without talking. In other words, I questioned the process, and my father also questioned it. Then we started to articulate it. Believe me, I changed a lot of things about my business life at that moment. That's how I started to deal more intensely with people, people's problems," he said.
"I DON'T LIKE IT"
Stating that the 1999 earthquake, which shaped his own life, cannot be compared with the destruction that affected 11 provinces, İmamoğlu said, “I say please make changes in your life. Let's increase the responsibility. Let's explain this line of responsibility to our 86 million people. -Let's not pretend. Let's not pretend to be at any moment in life. So, let's not pretend to be the mayor from the moment we stepped out on this street. In politics, let's not pretend, let's not deceive each other. Let's not deceive each other, let's not save the day, let's save the future, who never pretend to be in every aspect, in education, health, culture, art, especially in justice, law."
“TO DECIDE TO PUT IS VERY CHEAP”
Addressing young lawyers with the words "I think I have a very clear conscience", İmamoğlu criticized the transition to distance education after the earthquake with the following words:
“There has been an earthquake, we can take measures regarding education immediately. We can also make revisions about the training process. But it is a very cheap move to close the training immediately, put a block on the training or just say, let's go to the face-to-face training, friends. You can't punish education… It's not going to happen. Young people in Istanbul, I probably have young friends with us now whose family is not here. You have kept your house. You have kept your homeland. Go home, we will give you digital training at work. This is not going to happen. Sometimes I say, is the mind lost? I mean, our government, I mean our government. My state does not have a common sense desk there. Who is making this decision? What's the plus? I can't accept. But you have experienced something like this.”
“UNIVERSITIES ARE THE MOMENT OF MEETING WITH THE COMMUNITY”
Saying that “Face-to-face education is absolutely the right of our students,” İmamoğlu said, “University is a part of life. University is not just a teaching field. So it is a life education. It is a life training. It is the merging of professions. It is the moment of meeting with the community,” he said. Noting that the deficiencies in education are the basis of the deficiencies experienced, İmamoğlu said, “Our basic deficiency starts from there. We should all know that the main source of development is education. We will live the centennial of our republic. At the same time, the beginning of the republic is an educational revolution. I love to analyze the events in the last period of our Ottoman Empire, the exit of a human resource despite those difficulties, the exit of a search, the wars, especially the War of Independence, day in and day out. The fact that the Education Congress was convened in 1921 when Mustafa Kemal Atatürk first came, even in the most depressed and depressed moment of the War of Independence, is a wonderful, visionary view.
WE WILL WRITE HISTORY
Expressing that development and growth will not occur without education, İmamoğlu said, “We need to know that we cannot advance and grow without education. There is never a rational view. It would certainly be the nirvana of doing-it. Or it would be the nirvana of deceiving each other or saving the day, deceiving each other. Education is a very important issue. It should definitely be with the principles and character that will meet the needs of the 21st century.”
Noting that tables were set up for the students in the law seminar to touch on different subjects, İmamoğlu said, “You live in a very important time period. Sometimes I see that this makes you sad, hopeless. I experience that our friends, who are so young as to call it an explosion of emotions, sometimes approach me with tears, make very deep sentences, not only university students like you, but even children aged 12-13 make very deep sentences. Let me tell you, we are a community of people who take part in certain periods of history. So it's an important time for our country. It is a period in which we, as the whole world, experience both democracy, legal struggle, and a pandemic that happens once in a century. We are both individuals in the period of social restructuring in the period of stepping into the second face of political change and the republic, and in the period of contributing to the solution of whatever problem existed in our country in the past century. Actually, I'm going to say a pretentious sentence here. As 86 million people, we are people who make history. But will we write this history well or badly? It depends on us and the young population of this country. A country with such a population must envision a good future, imagine it and do what is necessary," he said.