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.