On July 31, the Delphian School hosted two Turkish parliamentarians, Mr. Engin Altay and Mr. Metin Ergun. They toured the school with Assistant Headmaster Mark Siegel, and they met with a number of Delphian students and faculty members.
Mr. Altay and Mr. Ergun were invited to the United States under the auspices of the International Visitor Leadership Program of the Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The Mississippi Consortium for International Development arranged their program on the U.S. political process.
While their 21-day visit to the United States focused on the American political process, they also wanted to visit a school. The World Affairs Council of Oregon, facilitating the International Visitor Leadership Program locally, selected the Delphian School in Sheridan. Upon their arrival, the visitors were briefed on the school’s unique educational program based on the educational philosophy of L. Ron Hubbard, and then given a tour of the school to see it in action.
Mr. Altay told a group of upper school students that he spoke with some authority on the subject of schools and education, as he had been a teacher and school principal in various state-run primary education schools in Turkey from 1986 to 2002. He told the students that Delphian is successful because of the challenges and tough goals that it sets for all students.
Mr. Ergun remarked that he liked the way the students gained leadership experience by working in various positions of responsibility throughout the school. He and Mr. Altay received copies of Mr. Hubbard’s book on study, Learning How to Learn, to take home with them.
Assistant Headmaster Mark Siegel said, “The students and I enjoyed this unique opportunity. We learned more about Turkey and our guests learned first-hand about our innovative educational approach. Our guests really enjoyed their lively interaction with the students, and the students wished our guests could have stayed longer!”