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 HizmetMovement.com 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.