Hizmet keeps school and cultural center in São Paulo

Date posted: May 14, 2014

Luisa Pessoa

Founded eight years ago, the Colégio Belo Futuro Internacional [Belo Futuro International School] teaches elementary to high school and has 163 students, of which only seven were born in Turkey.

“We are not a school intended for a single a community. We are a Brazilian school that has the distinction of teaching in Turkish and in which students are accompanied by tutors,” says Enes Acar, managing director of the school.

According to Acar, at least once a year tutors visit the homes of students to meet their families, which is not a common practice in other schools in the country. These visits are made mostly by teachers of Turkish nationality – 7 out of 24 – who work full time in the school.

The connection with the Hizmet and with the ideas of religious leader Fethullah Gülen, Acar says, happens in defense of values promoted by the movement, such as interreligious and intercultural dialogue. He added that the school is financially independent and does not report to any centralizing institution.

The bell for the break rings: it is an excerpt from Kâtibim, a popular Turkish song.

Another branch of the Hizmet in Brazil is the Turkish-Brazilian Cultural Center [CCBT], which provides courses of Turkish language and culture as well as Portuguese to Turkish immigrants living in Brazil.

Headquartered next to the Paulista Avenue, the center has branches in Rio de Janeiro, Brasilia and Istanbul.

The CCBT promotes several cultural activities in São Paulo. In January, they conducted a short course of Ebru art (paper marbling) in SESC Pompeia. The CCBT also teaches a free university extension course, divided into four modules, on Turkish language and culture at USP [University of Sao Paulo] campus Butantã. In addition, similar courses are taught at PUC-SP [Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo], UFF [Fluminense Federal University] and UnB [University of Brasilia].

In April, the center will take cultural managers and academics for a trip through Turkey. According to Yusuf Elemen, CCBT’s cultural manager and project coordinator, the goal is “to show the riches” of Turkish culture beyond stereotypes and deepen bilateral knowledge of the country with Brazil. The CCBT also promotes travels of Turkish cultural managers to Brazil.

Published [in Portuguese] on Folha de S. Paulo, March 15, 2014.

Source: HizmetMovement.com , May 14, 2014

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