On July 31, the Delphian School was honored to host two Turkish parliamentarians, Mr. Engin Altay and Mr. Metin Ergun. They toured the school with Assistant Headmaster Mark Siegel and met with a number of Delphian students and faculty members.
While their 21 day visit to the United States focused on the American political process, they also wanted to visit a school. Delphian School was chosen for this honor by the dignitaries’ Oregon hosts, the International Visitor Program of the World Affairs Council of Oregon. Mr. Altay and Mr. Ergun were briefed on Delphian’s unique educational program, which is based on the educational philosophy of L. Ron Hubbard, and then they got to see the program in action.
Mr. Altay was a teacher and school principal in various state-run primary education schools in Turkey from 1986 to 2002. He explained to the Delphian students that he spoke with some authority on the subject of schools, and he told them that Delphian School is successful because it challenges its students and gives them tough goals. “Soon you will be proud to have attended such a prestigious school,” Mr. Ergun said. He also remarked that he liked the way the students all gained leadership by working their way up through various student service positions.
Both dignitaries requested different versions of the Learning How to Learn book, published by Applied Scholastics, Inc., which the school uses to introduce students to L. Ron Hubbard’s educational approach. The visitors were impressed with this approach and expressed interest in seeing the method used in Turkey.
Mr. Altay and Mr. Ergun were invited to the United States under the auspices of the Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program. Their program was arranged by the Mississippi Consortium for International Development.