Teacher Orhan Seyfi ARI ~educators' teacher of teachers
Teacher Idealists in Teaching, Education Reforms: Teacher to Teachers -a luminary to teachers...
Teacher of teachers Ari left his mark on the history of education of a nation in popularizing teaching & education
A school teacher's teaching, education reforms ~the mark on the cultural and educational history of an educator's teaching
(Poem about teacher of teachers Orhan Ari ~ Metiner in Birlik -29 January 1993)
They named streets after this great teacher... They hailed this teacher, his teaching, from Australia, Cyprus, Turkey, England...
Teacher Ari's teaching, school administration, leadership in educational reforms got this teacher invited in retirement to give cultural, educational talks, view overseas schools, teaching, teachers.
A writer wrote "Such nice things I have heard!" about this teacher, his teaching ~this teacher left his mark on history of teaching, history of education reforms, reformers -statesmen were at teacher Ari's funeral, educators, teachers, pupils bearing flowers...
Teacher Ari was a country boy; the pupils' and people's, 'teacher of teachers' (epitaphon on his tomb), was born in Lapithiou, Paphos, in the, then colony, of Cyprus, raised with his cleric and teacher father Huseyin Avni Ahmet Esq.'s liberal views. His education & training was British: after secondary, high-school education in Nicosia, qualifying in school teaching at Teachers Training College Morphou, the teacher of teachers also studied & at college was teaching agriculture, then mostly English, often Greek; a scholar versed also in divinity & theology, interested in western & eastern philosophies, reforms, ethics, wrote also sociological, philosophical, mystical poetry & socio-political articles in Turkish, was reasonably versed in Arabic & Latin.
With a keen interest in teaching, education, teachers' continuing professional development through additional educational teaching courses and teachers' seminars in England and Cyprus -in other disciplines mostly self-educated, well versed in pedagogy & educational philosophy (both western philosophy of education and theories & methods of education, and eastern) attaching importance to self-regulatory and self improving systemizing, practically beneficial as well as cultured and enjoyable teaching inspiring learning -and educational social psychology, teacher Orhan Ari, with highest praise for his teaching, school administration, educational leadership, some intellectual literary, social influence, from quarters cultural, religious, political, educational, especially on, but not limited to, Turkish Cypriots, has left his mark on history of teaching, history of education, cultural, ethical, social progress of Cyprus.
The 'teacher of teachers', had been an elementary teacher, secondary school teacher, head teacher, lecturer; was a witty occasional socio-political columnist, in teaching circles and his club a debater on teaching and education, a thinker -in circle of friends mystic, poet.
Teacher Ari in spreading literacy, knowledge, light by teaching, education, was a true, courageous, leader to people ~this teacher's extraordinary motivating skills had made him a choice also of British education authorities in pioneering educational social cultural efforts to advance the population ~he worked with village heads bringing water-roads-electricity, was active in preserving historic buildings, had interest in efforts of religious authorities to establish a cultural and educational basis for literacy teaching and improved education in orphanages -and in youth morality.. and now the young school teacher was debating, convincing, popularizing secondary education, getting students, teachers, more and bigger modern schools with science laboratories and journal subscriptions, as well as finding, enabling research on, collections of, poems and other literary otherwise lost works and to folk interested giving also their first taste of poetry.. when, while now Cyprus has a higher rate of functional literacy than in the United States and highest percentage of university graduates in the European Union, but for such efforts in their communities, many weren't even interested in education.
W riters saw teacher Ari an eminent school.. Institute of Commonwealth Studies -Institute of Advanced Studies -University of London archived teacher Ari in their library.. he is in govenment, government supported, research, biographies ..an overseas academic's condolences are to the entire community of this 'Teacher of Teachers'...
Teacher Ari was popular in both the Turkish and Greek Cypriote communities during and after teaching at British schools classes composed of, e.g., English, Armenian, but mostly Turkish & Greek Cypriot students ~a Cypriot Greek author's book refers to the beloved memory of this teacher, a Turkish Cypriot's poem refers to this teacher as bringer of light to, waker up of, people who buried this teacher in their hearts continues to inspire teacher of teachers Ari and his teaching...
After the island's independence, while in the course of his community's adapting to the Turkish system of education he appears to have been officially perhaps less appreciated, upon his peacefully passing away -as a cleric of a couple of years in his retirement to make ends meet, the press having praised his patriotism, the Leader of the Parliament of the Turkish Republic of North Cyprus described him as having made both the state and the nation proud as "A successful modern educator.. who will be, with love and respect, remembered always..."
Acknowledging Suzan Ari, his wife since 1946, (whose own death brought many condolences including from education & teaching staff) as his great helper in his popularizing school teaching & education, teacher Ari had successfully pursued idealism in cultural & school teaching and education with a sense of duty as in his verses:
"Since to mourn and remember us there is someone
After his death a street was named after teacher O S Ari in the Taskent/Marmara district Nicosia, Cyprus, in 1993
And a street was named after teacher Orhan Seyfi Ari in (new Lourijina) Lysi, Cyprus, in 2006