Teacher Tributes on Teaching, Research Sources ~ Press & Message Extracts -Tributes to the, late, Hailed Teacher of Teachers
Orhan Seyfi Ari
Teaching & teacher tributes, social, education, teaching research sources on teacher, columnist, poet, thinker, Turkish Cypriot educator,
cultural-educational reformer Orhan Seyfi Ari: extracts (non-English are from Turkish & Greek) from some teaching tributes & press
references to the Teacher of Teachers, his teaching, popularity ~ memorial to a country boy interested in teaching who captured the
hearts & minds of pupils & people - they rhymed poetry & named streets after him.
Minister of Education KKTC -Eşber Serakıncı about teacher Orhan Seyfi Ari -letter 18 December 1992
Teacher of teachers
Rahme Çiftcioğlu (KTBG 2011 Press Freedom Special Award), 'Orhan Seyfi Arı', Kıbrıs 11 December 2011 (†)
Students he raised ... remembered him in the four corners of the world as
"Orhan Seyfi Ari, the teacher of teachers."
President, Australian Cyprus Turkish & Islamic Cultural Association
[Avusturalya Kıbrıs Türk & İslam Cemiyeti] -Hasan Dellal -letter 16 February 1992
He helped us...We shall remember the esteemed teacher, always, with respect
Cevdet Başaran, US Foreign Broadcast Information Service FBIS [retired],
founder first Turkish Cypriot private school, author - email 21 January 2001
Having closely followed Orhan Seyfi Ari's activities, to have known him, greatly honors me
The University of London Institute of Advanced Studies and Institute of Commonwealth Studies archived information on teacher Ari -fax 13 June 1997
Orhan Seyfi Ari will be added to our library
Prof. Dr. Salih Karaali, (Istanbul University [Astronomy & Space Sciences] Turkey) -letter 8 February 1993
Condolences to the Turkish Community
Dr. Hüsnü Feridun, formerly Republic of Cyprus Director of Turkish Cypriot Education & Director UNESCO D2 & Cultural-Educational Adviser to
President Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus ~ Teachers Day remembrance of teacher Orhan Ari (Facebook [Engin Ari's wall] 25 November 2011)
Dear Orhan Seyfi Ari, in remembrance of him, bless his soul, a dedicated colleague…
and... Ada TV 'Hasan Hastürer ile Son Nokta' Teachers Day interview, 24 November 2011
& in Kıbrıs-Star, 'Öğrenciler Artık Daha Az Şey Biliyor' [Pupils Nowadays Know Less], News 26 November 2011
... Teachers like Orhan Seyfi Ari (...) knew every pupil's family ...
Hasan Yücelen in ['The 100 Years Struggle for Existence of Louroujina/Akıncılar's Turks -A Documentation of Heroism']
Akıncılar (Luricina) Türklerinin Yüzyıllık Varoluş Mücadelesi -Bir Kahramanalık Belgesi (*)
Mr. Orhan's such services (to Louroujina)…
(inscribed) With debt of gratitude in remembrance of
Orhan Ari, the educational sun that's never set on Akıncılar.
Dr. Slight, Director of Education Colony of Cyprus, former Director Cyprus Youth Rehabilitation Center,
Principal Morphou Teacher Training College & Cyprus Rural Agricultural School, 1940
([Our Forever Shining Suns on Education] Batmayan Eğitim Güneşlerimiz, p. 357) (**)
'There's (teacher Orhan Seyfi Ari's) sweat in establishing the (Cyprus) Rural Agricultural School'
Ali Nesim ( Turkish Language & Literature [Near East University] &
Cyprus Studies Centre [Eastern Mediterranean University], TRNC), e-mail, 10 July 2009
The section in my book [Forever Shining Suns on Education] Batmayan Eğitim Güneşlerimiz (**)
on teacher Ari is the part most used by researchers
Χαριλαος Ι Κιτρομηλιδης (Charilaos Kitromilides), author, formerly Member Cyprus High Commission UK, sometime speaker in association with
Pelopolissian Association & Ionian Society, Barnett Civic Award, on teacher Ari - ['Images from my Life'] Аναμνησεις Аπο Τη Ζωη Μου (***)
He was a sagacious, extraordinary, most highly respected, man.
Award, Haydarpaşa School & Parents Association:
For unforgettable services rendered to education
Doğrudan: [Soldiering or Schooling? (teaching & teachers)]
-'Alaylı mı, Mektepli mi?'- Mustafa Doğrusoz, Kıbrıs 5 February 1999
Orhan Seyfi Ari was one of the greatest teachers of our time
He did not become a teacher, he was born a teacher.
...his mark on this nation's history of education ...
Sometimes a great school is a man, sometimes a man is himself a great school.
Turkish Cypriot Secondary School Teachers Syndicate (on Teacher Ari's passing) -Halkın Sesi 19 December 1992
Condolences to our teachers
Akay Cemal (Voice of Turkey & BBC [Turkish], formerly President Foreign Press Association, Kutlu Adalı & Milliyet awards),
Editorial ('Görüş'), Halkın Sesi -27 December 1992
The defense (in his newspaper columns) was vigorous and fearless
of (our) freedoms and liberty, of teacher Orhan Seyfi Ari
~ and… Kıbrıs, 'Halkı, Milli Değerlerden Soğutma bir Politika' [Politics of Distancing from Nation's Values], 21 May 2008
On Youth Day lists teacher Orhan Seyfi Ari among those whose struggles have enabled the survival of the society's values and achievements and the later achievements through, and to a great extent with share in the achievements also of, those who they raised, to be remembered with respect.
~ and... 'İyi ki 23 Kasımı Görmediler' [Good, They didn't Live 23 November], (on Teachers Day teacher disputes) (Kıbrıs) 25 November 2009
Quoting from teacher Orhan Ari on successful teaching's rewards
on occasion of Cyprus-TRNC 's Teachers Day hails the contribution of
the efforts of such in education in the founding later in Cyprus-KKTC of universities.
~ and... 'Fedakar Öğretmenler Olmasaydı...'But for Selfsacrifising Teachers...[ (Teachers Day) (Kıbrıs) 25 November 2010
Quotes from teacher Orhan Seyfi Ari on teaching remembering him among teachers considered
in the forefront of struggles for enlightened liberty
~ and... 'Öğretmenler Gününün ardından Orhan S. Arı' [After Teachers Day, Orhan S. Ari] (Kıbrıs) 2 December 2012 (††)
'Teacher of Teachers' Orhan Seyfi Ari ... was a thinker who left his mark on his nation's history of education. ... [He] isn't called 'Teacher of Teachers' for nothing."
Mehmet Moreket: 'O benim babam...' ['He was my father'], Havadis 17 December 2011
Quoting teacher Orhan Ari's (from 'Orhan Seyfi Arı', Kıbrıs 17.12.2011 -above)
example of conditions, circumstances, regards the struggles and sacrifices of then to have
enabled from nothing the Cypriots' culture and education.
Aristides L Coudounaris [Αριστείδη Λ. Κουδουνάρη], Author 'Biographical Dictionary of Cypriots' [Βιογραφικόν Λεξικόν Κυπρίων] (‡)
ex-Inspector of Education, formerly President Cyprus Historical Society, University of Cyprus Award 2010 -Greeting Card November 2012 (††)
... exceptional [teacher] Orhan Seyfi Arı ... a credit to Cyprus
'Altın Çerçeve' [Gold Frame], Halkın Sesi Supplement 9 May 2004 -Levent Tezel (interview -old trades: Master Shoemaker Süleyman)
" (apprenticeship contract dispute)
This teacher Orhan Ari intervened, 'I'll be your guarantor';
and I completed my apprenticeship -learned my trade properly."
Universal Unity Party General Secretariat -Birlik 19 December 1992
We're grieving the loss of the esteemed teacher Orhan Seyfi Ari
Salih Coşar, Deputy Prime Minister, Leader -Democrat Party, previous Minister of Finance &
Economy, former Minister of Education & Culture -KKTC/TRNC -telegram 18 December 1992
I am saddened by the death of the venerable (teacher Orhan Ari)
Olgun Paşalar, Member of Parliament, KKTC -Birlik 19 December 1992
I am in grief over the loss of teacher Orhan Seyfi Ari
TRNC government's award's inscribed [teacher Orhan Ari]:
For Services to Education
Culture & Education Ministry KKTC's:
With gratitude for valuable services to the education of the nation
Güneş Doğarken [Sunrise]: 'Cumhurbaşkanımız M A Talat'ı Dinlerken' [As we Listen to President Talat],
(ethnic properties-heritage) -S Mehmet Ersoy, Hüryıldız 23 December 2008
At secondary school (Paphos) our teacher, rest in peace, Orhan Seyfi Ari
took us to religious worship there every week.
Daşcı [Rebuker]: 'O bir Öğretmen' [A Teacher] (teaching & education standards) -Ömer Mehmet, in Birleşik Kıbrıs 19 September 2003
(In Nicosia) (…) We had a teacher, Orhan Ari… there was teaching -education .
One must love people - and t-e-a-c-h. (…)
Gözün Ucundan [From the Corner of the Eye]: 'Bir Öğretmenin Duyguları' [Sentiments of a Teacher]
-Osman Güvenir on teachers day, Halkın Sesi 27 November 2004
~ and... [Also Die Kings] Krallar da Ölür (****)
"Look what our teacher Orhan Seyfi Ari has said
(quote in a remembrance notice from the teachers of teachers on teaching, teachers, on his teaching career -upon retiring from teaching)
'...my spiritual reward.. my beloved 'children' -my pupils.. achieved success...'...
Monumental (educational) deeds, do, most certainly, justify greatest pride"
Oğuz Metiner [Sohbet], Birlik 29 January 1993
On the teacher of teachers Ari, his teaching 'Bir Yıldız Kaydı' [Turkish]
A Star's Passed Away
Passed away from amongst us a star-true,
In the last days of nineteen-ninety-two,
Inspiring all around his deeds of illumination,
Speedily as he moved on to his destination;
And to our senses having he brought us,
We, quietly, buried him in our hearts.
Well known and versed, none other was he
Than the pilgrim, The Teacher: Orhan Ari
His concern -so sincere!
Greatly respected everywhere!
Years spent to illuminate!
More: hearts, his sultanate!
With his pupils was spent half his lifetime at schools
And at places of worship the other with the faithfuls,
As built his honesty a throne, in every heart, that rules!
Revealed was his departure-shortly for the here-after
For, late-before, he had told his friends-closer
It was time he would meet his maker.
It did not take long.. he attained his ultimate desire;
And, having left his worldly possessions to his near and dear,
He settled on the throne of omniscience in the world after here .
Lie in radiance, in paradise you rest!
The exalted prophet himself to intercede for you -the best!
Rejoice his grand soul, with God's best graces blest!
President Rauf Denktaş, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus -letter 18 December 1992
The death... of the estimable Orhan Seyfi Ari caused me great sadness
Hakkı Atun, Leader Cyprus KKTC Parliament -on loss of teacher of teachers Orhan Seyfi Ari, letter 22 December 1992
Those by him taught have made, both, the state and the nation proud.
We shall always remember him with respect and love…
Harid Fedai (Author [numerous literary awards])
(Turkish Language & Literature & Centre for Cyprus Studies [Eastern Mediterranean University]),
'Bu Dünyadan Seyfi Geçti' [A 'Seyfi' (='a sword of' / defender ) has Passed], on teacher Ari's death, Halkın Sesi 27 December 1992
Such nice things I had heard of him!..
Efforts in education, help to schools and students…
Later, also on youth morality I would hear his praises -from the highest of religious offices.
Gladdens his soul, I hope, this quatrain...
Aware was not I; unbeknown, harmony was you all through
Under skins, treasured forever by thoughts innermost too
Seeking of you insight the wonders of the universe into
I knew, at last, this, that the universe was you
Internet Adviser magazine -'Best Sites: Teacher of Teachers' [on teacher Orhan Seyfi Ari], July 2001
Read.. the life of this extraordinary.. poet and thinker
(Teacher Orhan Seyfi Ari's teaching were in the British Colony of Cyprus at Morphou Teacher Training College's Rural Agricultural School, headteacher Arodez elementary, headmaster Paphos secondary, Louroujina secondary [in both also teaching Modern Greek and English Language], in Nicosia at English School [also as house-master], in the Republic of Cyprus under the Turkish Communal Chamber, and in the Northern Cyprus Turkish Republic (KKTC [TRNC]) remaining English and Religious Studies & Ethics teacher at Bayraktar secondary & Girls Technical Institute, retire 1979 ~he was President of İplik Pazarı historical buildings preservation society, in 1950s encouraged establishing the first Cyprus Turkish Association in Britain, in retirement was invited to visit and talk to Australian Turkish Cypriot schools, wrote socio-political newspaper columns.)
Teacher Orhan SeyfiAri's funeral was attended by dignitaries, school pupils, teachers (Halkın Sesi news & photo. [Baturay] 19 December 1992); wreaths by youth & business associations were carried by school children & flowers lain on his tomb by his former students
(Epitapth on teacher Orhan Seyfi Ari's tomb is the Minister of Education's 'Öğretmenlerin Öğretmeni' [Teacher of Teachers])
Streets named after teacher Orhan Seyfi Ari are in Nicosia  & in Lysi/Akdoğan  in Cyprus [KKTC/TRNC]
* 'Akıncılar (Luricina) Türklerinin Yüzyıllık Varoluş Mücadelesi -Bir Kahramanalık Belgesi' (pp. 86-87 ) [in Turkish] [The 100 Year Struggle for Existence of the Turks of Louroujina -A Documentation of Heroism], by Hasan Yücelen, Ateş Press Lefkoşa 2006
** (biographical) 'Batmayan Eğitim Güneşlerimiz (Kıbrıs Türk Eğitimi Hakkında Bir Araştırma)', KKTC Milli Eğitim ve Kültür Bakanlığı Yayınları (pp. 350-358) [in Turkish] [Our Forever Shining Suns on Education -research on Turkish Cypriot Education, TRNC Ministry of Education & Culture Cyprus publication]: 6, Ulus Ofset Baskı 72959 Lefkoşa 1987, by Ali Nesim
*** (biographical) 'Аναμνησεις Аπο Τη Ζωη Μου', by Χαριλαος Ι Κιτρομηλιδης (pp.49& 201) [in Greek] ['Images from my Life' by Charilaos Kitromilides], Nicholas Printers London 2002
**** 'Krallar da Ölür' (p.149), [in Turkish] [Also Die Kings] by Osman Güvenir, ISBN: 978-9963-9211-1-9, Halkın Sesi Publishing Lefkoşa 2009
† Çiftcioğlu's three-page feature in Kıbrıs of 11 December 2011 on teacher Orhan Seyfi Ari is semi-photo-biographical
†† On posthumous publication of 'Gönülden Çizgiler' - Teacher Orhan Seyfi Ari's poems (ISBN 978-0-9574810-0-8 Sons London 2012)
‡ There is biographical information on teacher Orhan Seyfi Ari also in 'Βιογραφικόν Λεξικόν Κυπρίων 1800-1920', v. F, by Αριστείδη Λ. Κουδουνάρη, (p. 52 ) [in Greek] (Biographical Dictionary of Cypriots 1800-1920], 6th ed. [University of Cyprus Award], by Aristides L Koudounaris, Pierides Foundation publication, ISBN: 878-9963-7856-3-6, Nicosia 2010
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