A seminar was held within the scope of the social responsibility project carried out with the slogan "Natural Disaster Can Happen, But Education Makes You Live" by the fourth-grade students of Istanbul Gelisim University, Faculty of Applied Sciences, Public Relations and Advertising Department on May 18, 2023. The seminar was based on the importance and necessity of education, which remained in the background with the disaster of the century, the earthquake that affected Kahramanmaraş and 10 provinces, and the flood disaster that occurred after it.
The seminar was held online and aimed to reach students living in all provinces. The subject of education was underlined by combining the concepts of "Qualified Education" and "Disaster Awareness", which were discussed by university students within the scope of the seminar. What to do before and after a natural disaster was discussed.
Disaster Awareness Trainer Tarık Boyoğlu and Psychologist and Family Counselor Almina Karagülle were present at the seminar. While contributing with their fields of expertise, they discussed extremely important findings. The seminar was held under the coordination of Istanbul Gelisim University, Faculty of Applied Sciences, Public Relations and Advertising Department students Kübra Bozok and Melisa Asart and Department Head Assoc. Prof. Dr. Emel Tozlu Öztay.
"People died not because of the earthquake, but because of the lack of education"
As it is understood from the earthquake that affected Kahramanmaraş and 10 provinces, people are not prepared for a possible earthquake and they need training for this. Disaster Awareness Trainer Tarık Boyoğlu underlined the importance of providing education from primary school in order to raise conscious individuals during disasters. ‘’Natural Disaster Discourse- should be added to the university syllabus starting from primary education. Unfortunately, the sad situation we encountered in the earthquake area is due to the fact that there are many people who do not know what to do during in possible disaster. Tarık Boyoğlu also drew attention to the possible earthquake in Istanbul.
“Will other provinces be sufficient enough in aid during a possible Istanbul earthquake?”
Boyoğlu: ‘’When the urbanization problem of Istanbul is considered, it will take a lot of time to fully solve the problem. The question “Will other provinces be sufficient enough in aid during a possible Istanbul earthquake?” is always on our mind. Disaster training must be started on an individual basis. Within the framework of the subject, many precautions, especially earthquake bags, were explained for a possible earthquake. He also underlined the creation of a file containing photographs of family members and diseases is a must.
“Mental health must be prepared in schools like preparing a disaster kit”
Psychologist and Family Counselor Almina Karagülle stated that following trauma, being disconnected from the social environment caused secondary traumas that were avoided during the psychological first aid process. Karagülle talked about the traumas experienced by the students after the natural disaster. Trying to adapt students to education immediately after the disaster may cause introversion towards social life and education. A preliminary preparation in the field of guidance in education and the educators' knowledge in the field of psychological first aid will enable the student to feel safe with an empathetic embrace between the students and himself.
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