Turkish schools holding Indonesia’s largest Science Olympiad

Turkish schools in Indonesia kicked off annual Indonesia Science Project Olympiads (ISPO), the largest science contest of the nation. The contest, in its sixth year, saw a huge participation of the Indonesian students.

1,202 project entries in total from across the country were received months ahead of the event. 160 of them qualified for the finals passing a jury of eminent names. The finalists will be ultimately judged by academics from the top five universities of the country. Top 25 projects will receive their awards at a ceremony this Thursday and represent Indonesia in international science olympiads.

Ramazan Cingil, ISPO coordinator, said they are organizing the event in cooperation with the Indonesian Ministry of Education and Institute of Sciences (LIPI). Many scintillating projects are being exhibited at the event. Insulation products out of bamboo, power-generating treadmills and clean energy projects are just a few of them.

This article originally Published [in Turkish] on Cihan, English version has been excerpted from custom writing service Essay.tv 18 February 2014, Tuesday

Turkish schools in Somalia have shown great success within two years, winning a total of 22 medals.

Attaching great importance to education in Somalia, Turkish schools play a significant role in rebuilding the country's collapsed education system with the support of the Somali government.

Somali Higher Education and Culture Minister Duale Mohamed Adem emphasized Turkish schools' contribution to the Somali people and students, saying, “These successful schools have renewed our hopes regarding the future of Somalia.”

Somalia has been struggling with civil war and drought for a long time, and Turkish schools have a special place in rebuilding the education system in the country, despite the fact that these schools were opened only two years ago. Nile Institutions have been active in Somalia for almost two years, but these institutions have achieved 22 medals in the international Olympics.

Nigerian deputy ambassador, Foluso Oluwole Adeshida demands more Turkish schools in Nigeria

Foluso Oluwole Adeshida, Nigeria’s deputy ambassador to Ankara, attended a gathering by Sakarya Association of Entrepreneurs and Industrialist Businessmen (SAGIAD). In his remarks, Adeshida hailed the Turkish Schools in his country for their achievements. He recalled there are 16 schools and a university with hospital in his country, all of which offer high quality education.

“Students, parents and our state are all very much pleased with these schools. We have a population of 170 million and the young generation constitutes a large part of it. So, we demand more of these schools. They are empowering the Nigerian education system as well. They are in demand. Their graduates are able to study at leading universities in Turkey. Affiliates of these schools are operating not only in my country but also around the world.”

“Come invest in Nigeria”


Adeshida further informed the SAGIAD members on the investment opportunities in Nigeria. He underscored that the investors so far have immediately made profit in the country, the second largest economy in the continent. Adeshida said the current trade volume between Turkey and Nigeria is $1.5 billion, which is rather low given the potentials both countries hold. “Nigeria’s economy has shown growth by 7%. It offers incentives advantageous to foreign investors and you can immediately start to make profit upon. Western companies have been investing in our country. We would like to see more Turkish companies.”

“My country, like Turkey, is located in a strategically critical place. Investors can easily export to neighboring countries. It offers opportunities particularly in infrastructure, construction and agriculture. Besides, there are huge business potentials in oil industry,” he said.

Adeshida highlighted the role Confederation of Businessmen and Industrialists of Turkey (TUSKON) played in boosting the trade volume between the two countries which grew by 300% over the past five years. He said not only large scale enterprises but small and medium ones as well can go into business with their equivalents in the country. He additionally said they would like to benefit from the Turkish companies’ experiences in this regard.

This article has been excerpted from Hizmet Movement

Afghan, Pakistani leaders praise Turkish schools at Ankara summit

The leaders of Afghanistan and Pakistan have praised Turkish schools in their countries, saying they offer top-quality education.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif made their remarks in response to a question at a joint news conference with Turkish President Abdullah Gül following a trilateral summit in Ankara that focused on security.

“Afghan children are offered high-quality education services. We are very happy about that,” Karzai said, while Sharif said the schools “are doing a perfect job.”

“Their education standards are very high. I had the chance to visit the school in Lahor,” he said, adding that the schools also strengthen ties between Turkey and Pakistan. Both leaders' remarks were translated into Turkish.

Turkish schools, established by entrepreneurs affiliated with the Hizmet movement, have been under the spotlight in the wake of a corruption investigation that shook the Cabinet, with the government accusing the movement of plotting against it in collaboration with foreign partners.

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has instructed Turkish ambassadors to tell the "truth" -- which, in his view, is that the graft investigation was the result of a foreign-backed plot to sabotage Turkey's international standing -- raising concerns that he might be targeting Turkish schools abroad.

Burc Schools Achieve 13 medals in Annual International AMC Math Competition


Adana Burc Schools’ students won 5 gold, 4 silver and 4 bronze medals in 60th Annual International AMC 8 contest, jointly held by Mathematical Association of America (MAA) and University of Nebraska.

350 thousand students, in total, from 6000 schools around the world participated in this year’s AMC 8, recognized as the world’s most prestigious math contest involving middle schoolers. Among the participating Turkish schools, Adana Burc Schools’ students achieved a notable success by winning 13 medals. Turkey, South Korea, China, US, Canada, Russia and Taiwan constitute the award winning countries in the event.

“AMC 8 held by Mathematical Association of America in 86 countries is participated by the most prestigious schools around the world. We feel the proper pride of representing Turkey at an international contest of this extent. I would like to congratulate our teachers, students and parents for their remarkable achievement. We are competing with the world on behalf of our beloved city Adana and Turkey.” the schools’ general manager, Sultan Sozeri, said.

Likewise, the schools’ olympiad coordinator, Emrah Turkmen, conveyed his feelings: “I feel happy to be with students who will represent our country in the best way they can do in the future. At the heart of this achievement lie their dreams.”

This article excerpted from Hizmet Movement Blog and originally was published [in Turkish] on Zaman

Afghan education minister recommends Turkish schools in each province

During a recent visit to İstanbul, Afghan Education Minister Ghulam Farooq Wardak said on Friday that he would like Turkey to increase the number of Turkish-Afghan schools in Afghanistan, opening a school in each province as an educational role model.

Talking to Today's Zaman, Minister Wardak praised the existing 17 Turkish schools in his country and invited Turkish entrepreneurs to open “at least one Turkish-Afghan school in all 34 provinces of Afghanistan.” The minister said that other public and private schools in Afghanistan “will be influenced by the discipline and the way children are trained,” adding that this scheme will benefit not only the schools that the entrepreneurs would directly manage, but also all 17,000 schools across Afghanistan.

Principles of Gulen Inspired Schools - Boarding Schools

by Mustafa Shahin

There are many debates and discussions on the Gulen / Hizmet Movement and educational activities carried out by people inspired by the ideas of Mr. Fethullah Gulen. However it looks that available information on the web and elsewhere lack a clear set of guidelines in understanding and explaining what Gulen inspired schools and what the main educational principles of these institutions are. In this paper I’d like to explore 10 key factors in the success of the Gulen inspired schools. The first of these key principles is that most Gulen schools are boarding schools. The following is about the benefits of “bed and board” option offered at the Gülen inspired schools and why it is an important element of these schools.

 First and foremost, majority of Gulen inspired schools are boarding schools serving in the under-served parts of any given country. These schools intend to provide students with a safe educational environment free of distractions that may occur from, among others, dysfunctional families, economic instability, social and cultural problems. Lets analyze these factors one by one.

First, the schools that offer boarding for those students who request to stay in the dorms enables resident students to have access to a 24 hour education on campus. In the countries where offering dorms for 6-12 students are in line with local laws, these students can continue their educations even after a local school day ends in the afternoon.

Turkish Twitter war over education



Plans to abolish "prep schools" in Turkey have sparked a huge feud between two of the country's most powerful forces on the micro-blogging website Twitter.

Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his AK party have proposed eliminating the schools, which provide private tuition classes to help high school children prepare for university entrance exams.

This has angered supporters of the Gulen movement, which finances and runs many of the schools. Numerous hashtags about the row have been tweeted millions of times over the past week.

Pakistan PM Praises Turkish Schools In Erdogan's Visit

Speaking at the Pakistan-Turkey Business Forum on Monday, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif pointed out the historical alliance between the two countries and paid compliments to the PAK-TURK schools established by Turkish entrepreneurs.The Pakistan-Turkey Business Forum was held in Lahore, the capital. Speaking at the Pakistan-Turkey Business Forum on Monday, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif pointed out the historical alliance between the two countries and paid compliments to the PAK-TURK schools established by Turkish entrepreneurs.

The Pakistan-Turkey Business Forum was held in Lahore, the capital of the Pakistani province of Punjab. The forum was attended by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Pakistani Prime Minister Sharif. The main topic of the forum was trade relations between the two countries and future opportunities for both countries.

In his speech, Sharif stated that relations between two nations have been growing every day and the business forum has been another major step in these relations.

There is a great deal of potential in textile, energy, telecommunication, agriculture and transport in Pakistan and I would like to personally invite Turkish businesspeople to get a share of these investments,” he said.

During his speech, Sharif praised the PAK-TURK schools by saying: “The 23 PAK-TURK schools have played a great role in improving relations between the two countries in terms of cultural and emotional bonds. I want you to know that Pakistan always regards Turkey as a friend and an ally.”

PAK-TURK schools are known for their success among Pakistani people and have been mentioned in The New York Times, among other news sources, in previous years.

Source:  Haberler.com - 12/24/2013

‘Turkish schools in Africa important for strong relations'

The first-ever Rwandan ambassador to Turkey, Lt. Gen. Caesar Kayizari, has said that Turkish schools in Africa play an important role in strengthening relations between African nations and Turkey, adding that Turkey has a lot to offer Rwanda in terms of education.

Turkey's building of schools in Rwanda in particular, and in African countries in general, is of great importance. Education is significant for establishing strong relationships. Turkey for a long time was absent in Africa. Now that it has opened to the continent, education could be one of the tools that the Turkish government can use, as education builds the future,” Kayizari said.

The policy of opening up to the African continent, which was initiated in 2005, occupies a special place in Turkey's foreign policy. Turkey's Africa initiative, an expansion project to which the country has attached great importance in recent years, is moving full steam ahead.