About Learning Program

Our association was founded on the principle of preventing the pollution of our seas and coasts, encouraging and developing the fight against pollution, ensuring public participation and leaving a livable and healthy environment for future generations. In the light of these principles, for the protection of the seas and marine ecosystem for 25 years, it has been providing awareness-raising trainings for the protection of our seas to more than 8 million students, more than 20 thousand trainers and thousands of employees of institutions, explaining that "One of the two breaths we take comes from the seas" and that the color "blue" is also necessary for green in nature.

Today, due to the necessity of technology, the trainings continue rapidly through video films and online. The trainings continue not only in certain cities, but also in all 81 provinces of Turkey with various projects and grants and sponsorships provided to the projects, in all cities that have a seashore and are in contact with water.

In Fethiye, Samsun, Izmir and Antalya, where the branches and trainers of the association are located, the trainings continue widely with the cooperation of the relevant National Education Directorates on both provincial and district basis. To date, 8 national and 5 international projects have been carried out and with these projects, collaborations, trainings and activities have been carried out with different segments in different provinces and districts of Turkey.

TURMEPA, which sets out with the vision of making the protection of the seas a principle national behavior to be adopted by large segments of the public, raises awareness on the protection of the seas and water resources to different target groups through face-to-face and online trainings with its unique education model.
The trainings are prepared in cooperation with expert academicians within the framework of both National Education principles and scientific and up-to-date content. In general terms, in the trainings, the role of plastics in our lives, pollution of the seas, prevention of waste, efficient use of resources, reduction and recycling of waste, especially Article 14 "Life in Water" information is conveyed in accordance with the Sustainable Development Goals, with a zero waste-zero waste blue understanding.

Trainings and activities are provided to primary, secondary and high school students, teachers, university students, public-private sector employees, trainers, institutional employees and decision-makers in line with their demands and needs, and to raise awareness and consciousness for the protection of the seas and water resources based on the principle of understandable, effective and sustainable education.

 Education Topics:
Zero Waste Philosophy is explained in the daily lives of individuals at home, at school, to prevent waste, to use natural resources correctly, etc. In addition, in parallel to the activities of Zero Waste practices in our daily lives, Zero Waste practices on land are also addressed with Zero Waste Blue trainings for seas and water resources.
  1. Zero Waste Education Movie: https://youtu.be/ArA9FlkIrys;  
  2. What is Zero Waste? What Should We Do?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ArA9FlkIrys&t=44s;
  3. Zero Waste and the Importance of Water: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Mru0dj19gE
  4. Does Waste Disappear in Nature and the Importance of Recycling?: While explaining the importance of not littering and separating the products we use in our daily lives, the approximate duration of waste disappearance in nature and the effects of waste on natural life are explained.
  5. Will Waste Disappear If Left in Nature?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gCPJV-SXPpQ
The geographical characteristics of Turkey's seas, the oxygen and nutrients produced by the seas, the benefits of the seas, marine organisms, nutrients and minerals in the sea and available water resources are given. In addition, the seas, marine organisms, marine litter, the effects of marine litter on the ecosystem and environmental factors for sustainable seas and water resources are explained. In addition, current problems and solutions are discussed and people are made aware of their individual responsibilities.
  1. About Our Seas: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VCZeLQ1JxGE&t=4s
  2. Seas and the Importance of the Seas: https://youtu.be/fT157lE9rLg;  
  3. Sea Litter: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSX9uWwe_7w
The effects of global climate change such as melting of glaciers, warming of seas, rising waters are explained. Information is given about the United Nations Global Development Goals and the measures that countries should take regarding global climate change.
  1. Global Climate Change: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eomwW5yt1_A
  2. Water Footprint: The importance of the amount of water consumed is explained by giving examples from daily life. Water Footprint: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Mru0dj19gE&t=531s
  3. Carbon Footprint: By giving information about carbon emissions, one of the most important factors of global warming, the factors affecting carbon footprint are explained.
  4. What Can I Do for the Ecosystem?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t58G8c1yqcg
After all trainings, individuals are encouraged to realize what they have learned by producing scientific or functional projects that can protect the environment, seas and water as a result of their understanding of marine science, water science and individual responsibilities and to produce projects for the future.
  1. How to Prepare a Scientific Project:  https://youtu.be/NZ8htpucWvY
  2. Ideas for Creating Projects from Waste: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZB-Z6mxG5e8
  3. What are my Individual Responsibilities? It is ensured that they share their knowledge, what they have learned and good examples about the protection of the seas and the environment with their peers and families and realize their individual responsibilities.
    My Individual Responsibilities: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=09yKqE1B1IA
  4. Blue Detective Trainings:
Students at high school level are encouraged to provide Zero Waste peer trainings in their schools and/or campuses, districts, neighborhoods, produce new generation projects, and carry out awareness raising activities in their schools in terms of sharing what they have learned, which is among individual responsibilities. For this purpose, trainings are given for one class hour in the presence of a mentor teacher with students who want to be a Blue Detective during the activity class hour, as deemed appropriate by the school and subject to permissions. Students then carry out peer trainings and projects within the framework of permissions and share what they have done both at their school and with the association.