Cagdas Yüksel, Stiftungspreisträger von 2016, wurde als Redner im Rahmen der TEDx-Talks der Ruhr Universität Bochum eingeladen. In seinem Vortrag „The Importance of Teaching Values“ betont Yüksel die Bedeutung der Vermittlung humanistischer Werte in der Schule und plädiert für eine optimistische Haltung bei der Bewältigung gesellschaftlicher Herausforderungen. Als Schule mit einer humanistisch-gesellschaftlichen Ausrichtung unterstützen wir Cagdas‘ Plädoyer und Anliegen und gratulieren ihm zur Aufnahme in diese angesehene Initiative.
Abstract: School is more than just Sine, Cosine, and Tangent – and so are we. Imagine what society would be like if teaching values was considered as important as teaching knowledge? Looking at the world-wide rise of extremism, intolerance, and violence, we understand a need to change our perspective on education. We want young people to grow up into an open-minded, diverse, and tolerant society. To achieve that, we might have to modify the ways in which those issues are addressed. What if the values which can prevent us from racism, sexism, and extremism, were taught at our schools – becoming part of our knowledge like grammar or math. Right now, a lot of our energy goes into dealing with the instances of intolerance we perceive around us. Why not put the same energy also into thinking how to prevent intolerance from the beginning? While some may think that changing the way our youth is educated requires a highly elaborate, expensive, revolutionary plan, our speaker Çağdaş Eren Yüksel is sure that the values we need are the very basics of humanity. They’re already inside us. Çağdaş Eren Yüksel was a student of Social Sciences when he started working on his debut film ASYLAND. 10 months later, with a total crew of 18 film makers, the movie premiered all over Germany. Today, Yüksel is the founder of Teller ohne Rand e.V. and cocktailfilms GmbH. He organizes film screenings and workshops with youths in and around schools. Meanwhile, he continues to produce films himself for cinema and TV. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.