Ahmet Naç (Season 08 - Episode 06)
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Idealist Teacher Ahmet Nac Recreated His Classroom


Ahmet Nac became the sixth Changemaker of the 8th season of the Sabanci Foundation Turkey’s Changemakers Program.


According to the recently published PISA report, Turkey ranks 52nd among 72 countries in student assessment. Students in Turkey perform very weak in science, reading, and mathematics. Following the publication of the report, many institutions in Turkey began to brainstorm on solutions and search for new models of education. A classroom teacher, on the other hand, tries a different model of education and works for a better future, by himself.


Ahmet Nac started his profession as a teacher in a village in Siirt. He worked there for 5 years. Later, he was appointed to Esenler Mehmet Akif Ersoy Primary School.


Ahmet Nac examined the 3 years long research conducted by Manchester Salford University, on education processes. Getting inspired from this research, he took permission from the administration of the school where he worked for 5 years, to try a different education model. 


Idealist teacher Ahmet Nac first changed the physical conditions of the classroom. A library was built in every classroom. Music instruments were provided. Paints, and easels were provided for a more appropriate environment for painting classes. Other teachers in the school got inspired from this approach and 8 other classrooms were organized accordingly. Naç steps beyond the usual teaching methods. He makes use of rap music while teaching, organizes painting workshops in the school garden, introduces basketball and tennis to 1st graders. He literally carries learning outside of four walls of the classroom. 


New generation teacher Ahmet Nac also made parents an actor of the change. Those who have the possibility supported financially, those who don’t worked for the redesigning of the classroom. Ahmet Naç and students’ parents changed both the shape of the classroom, as well as its atmosphere. 


As a teacher, Ahmet Nac didn’t create excuses regarding the problems in education. Rather than following a standard path, he searched for a different education model. He took the brush, and recreated the classroom. He developed a new model in teaching. Ahmet Nac created a huge difference in the sphere of education, as well as in the future of the students. 

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