Our Water Heritage – Past and Present
(19.5. - 23.5. 2010)
Akyaka Cahit- Belkıs Güneyman
Gökova Adile Mermerci Gymnasium and G.A.S.-Der
This exhibition is a product of the REMEE Cooperation
January 2009 to June 2011, REMEE unites a group of seven Euro- Mediterranean
project partners from France, Greece, Turkey, Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco.
Coordinated by APARE they are working together to safeguard Water Heritage.
One of the most significant project activities is a Mediterranean Education
Program called "Young People: Stakeholders in Water Heritage".
In March and April we gave lectures in two local schools, the Cahit- Belkis
Güneyman Primary School and the Adile Mermerci Gymnasium to student groups
between 7-17 years of age. The "past" and "present" of our Water Heritage
has literally been rediscovered and discussed by the students. The lectures
showed where water came/ comes from, how it reached/ reaches us and what we
used/ use it for in the past and the present. Also, the differences between
our past and present behaviour towards water heritage have been researched
and reflected in this exhibition, a nice result of a real teamwork effort.
One side of the exhibition is showing the past, the other side gives an idea
of the present of our Water Heritage, the differences between the two and
their reasons are exhibited in between. This design attempts to remind us
that water is not a never ending resource, that it requires our
consciousness and respect and that it is the basis of our lives.
This exhibition and the related efforts have not been achieved by one single
individual alone but, of course, a group of people. We want to take the
opportunity to thank everybody who made the education program and this
exhibition possible: Mrs. Irene Cantez, Mr. Mustafa Ateş, Mr. Baha Cüneyt
Büyükdağ, Mrs. Gesine Aufdermauer, our Project Archive Officer Mehmet
Bildirici, our Exhibition Coordinator Thomas Schmitz, our President and
Bahar (Heike) Suseven, Mr. Yusuf Yavaş from the Selçuk Municipality Culture
Department, Mr. Serdal Bayraktar from the Efesten Haberler Newspaper, the
education personnel, students and the Director Mr. Ahmet Taner Türkmen of
the Cahit- Belkıs Güneyman Primary School, the education personnel, students
and the Director Mr. Avni Tanrıverdi of the Adile Mermerci Gymnasium, the
Mayor of Akyaka Mr. Ahmet Çalca and the Director of the District Department
of National Education Mr. Rafet Zaifoğlu.
This Exhibition is supported by
the European Union in the framework of the Euromed Heritage IV Program.