tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2956002338467910692014-02-21T03:24:44.872-08:00Gulen EducationFethullah Gulen's emphasis on Education and Gulen Movement's educational activitiesHizmet Chroniclenoreply@blogger.comBlogger13125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-295600233846791069.post-18220369273916925292014-02-21T03:24:00.002-08:002014-02-21T03:24:44.881-08:00Turkish schools holding Indonesia’s largest Science Olympiad<span style="background-color: white; font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18.90625px;">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.</span><br style="background-color: white; font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18.90625px;" /><a href="" name="more" style="background-color: white; font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18.90625px;"></a><br style="background-color: white; font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18.90625px;" /><span style="background-color: white; font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18.90625px;">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.</span><br style="background-color: white; font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18.90625px;" /><br style="background-color: white; font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18.90625px;" /><span style="background-color: white; font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18.90625px;">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.</span><br style="background-color: white; font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18.90625px;" /><br style="background-color: white; font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18.90625px;" /><span style="background-color: white; font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18.90625px;">This article originally Published [in Turkish] on&nbsp;</span><a href="#" rel="" style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18.90625px;" target="_blank">Cihan</a><span style="background-color: white; font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18.90625px;">, English version has been excerpted from <a href="http://hizmetmovement.blogspot.com/2014/02/turkish-schools-indonesia-science.html" target="_blank">HizmetMovement.com</a> 18 February 2014, Tuesday</span>Hizmet Chroniclenoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-295600233846791069.post-68635649198865339952014-02-17T16:42:00.001-08:002014-02-17T16:51:00.019-08:00Turkish 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.<br /><br />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.”<br /><br />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.<br /><br /><a name='more'></a><br />The country, with a population of 9 million, is fighting to overcome the negative effects of the civil war that started in 1988, with unending conflicts and bomb attacks across the country. The education system also experienced a huge collapse due to the long-lasting clashes. Terror and famine are other problems that Somalia is trying to deal with. The country continues its education in poor conditions in public schools due to a lack of classrooms and buildings. Tents are regularly used as places of education.<br /><br />The Bedir Turkish High School in Mogadishu, Kıblenuma Elementary School, Kıblenuma Girl's School and Somaliland Vifak Turkish School in the country offer modern vocational training for Somali children as well as winning medals in international contests, leading to increased hopes for a better future in the country.<br /><br />Reviewing the achievements that Turkish schools have shown in Somalia, Minister Adem stated that these institutions have invested in Somalia's future. “Winning 22 medals within two years all around the world touched us. I personally visited these institutions and observed their successes. I congratulate teachers who serve in these schools. They instill hope for a better future. As the state, we will do our best for the further achievements of these schools,” he said.<br /><br />Mogadishu Bedir Turkish School Principal Bilal Köse stressed that the school began its activities in 2011 with 40 students in poor conditions, adding: “We have 450 students in our schools now. Fourteen Turkish, six Somali and two Egyptian teachers are serving in the schools. They are architects of such important success. With the medals that they won in two years, these students honor Somalia.”<br /><br />Calling for more support from the Turkish people for these schools, Köse underlined that a serious security problem as well as famine threatens Somalia, adding: “Thirty-five Somali soldiers are protecting our school. We try to continue education under the shadow of bomb attacks and blasts. With more help and contributions, we can better serve the Somali people.”<br /><br />These are some of the medals that Somali students in Turkish schools have won since 2011.<br /><br />A gold medal for a short film titled “Her Gün Bir Güneş Doğar” (A Sun Rises Every Day) by students of Mogadishu Bedir Turkish High School in the Infomatrix Africa Competition 2013 held in Tanzania, marking the first international success Somalia has achieved in this competition .<br /><br />A silver medal was won in the INEPO Environment Olympics in Baku by Bedir High School students with the project “Bitkisel İlaçlama” (Neem Tree). The same school's students had previously won two bronze medals in 2012 in the same competition.<br /><br />Two bronze medals in the Düşçizgisi Design Olympics Competition, in which 37 countries took part, with the projects “Çırpak,” and “Akıllı Çizgiler” (Intelligent Lines).<br /><br />Gold and bronze medals in the Infomatrix Asia and Pacific Olympics in Kazakhstan were won with “Akıllı Saha Çizgileri” (Intelligent Area Lines) by students of Bedir Turkish High School.<br /><br /><br />Source: <a href="http://www.todayszaman.com/news-339716-turkish-schools-in-somalia-won-22-medals-in-2-years.html" target="_blank">Todays Zaman</a>Hizmet Chroniclenoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-295600233846791069.post-72959697312831678872014-02-16T15:16:00.000-08:002014-02-16T15:16:21.586-08:00Nigerian deputy ambassador, Foluso Oluwole Adeshida demands more Turkish schools in NigeriaFoluso 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.<br /><br /><blockquote class="tr_bq">“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.”</blockquote><br /><h4>“Come invest in Nigeria”</h4><br />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.”<br /><br /><blockquote class="tr_bq">“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.</blockquote><br />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.<br /><br />This article has been excerpted from <a href="http://hizmetmovement.blogspot.com/2014/02/nigerian-vice-ambassador-demands-more.html" target="_blank">Hizmet Movement</a>Hizmet Chroniclenoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-295600233846791069.post-26054287537606217862014-02-13T15:54:00.000-08:002014-02-13T15:54:41.671-08:00Afghan, Pakistani leaders praise Turkish schools at Ankara summitThe leaders of Afghanistan and Pakistan have praised Turkish schools in their countries, saying they offer top-quality education.<br /><br />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.<br /><br /><blockquote class="tr_bq">“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.”</blockquote><br /><blockquote class="tr_bq">“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.</blockquote><br />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.<br /><br />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.<br /><br />Hizmet Chroniclenoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-295600233846791069.post-16755100941641545202014-01-31T19:05:00.000-08:002014-01-31T19:05:26.824-08:00Burc Schools Achieve 13 medals in Annual International AMC Math Competition<div style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-8ZTrdLxkSJk/Uupbqu3Xd7I/AAAAAAAAICM/zEwkx_Q60S8/s1600/adana-burc.jpg"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-8ZTrdLxkSJk/Uupbqu3Xd7I/AAAAAAAAICM/zEwkx_Q60S8/s1600/adana-burc.jpg" height="247" width="400" /></a></div><div><br /></div><div>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.<br /><br />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.<br /><br />“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. <br /><br />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.”<br /><br />This article excerpted from <a href="http://hizmetmovement.blogspot.com/2014/01/burc-schools-achieve-13-medals-in-amc-8.html?m=0" target="_blank">Hizmet Movement Blog</a> and originally was published [in Turkish] on <a href="http://www.zaman.com.tr/gundem_burc-okullari-amerikadaki-matematik-olimpiyatlarinda-13-madalya-kazandi_2192663.html">Zaman</a></div>Hizmet Chroniclenoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-295600233846791069.post-16354680209564984692014-01-29T18:24:00.002-08:002014-01-29T18:25:26.005-08:00Afghan education minister recommends Turkish schools in each province<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://cdncms.todayszaman.com/todayszaman/2014/01/27/afghan.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://cdncms.todayszaman.com/todayszaman/2014/01/27/afghan.jpg" height="200" width="400" /></a></div>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. <br /><br />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.<br /><br /><a name='more'></a>Minister Wardak emphasized the contribution which schools established by Turkish entrepreneurs have made to peace and social cohesion in Afghanistan, saying that the schools are “a great benefit to unity, brotherhood and tolerance,” with students from diverse ethnic backgrounds jointly pursuing the “sacred commitment” to education. “Turkish-Afghan schools are playing a vital role in bringing people together to live in happiness and prosperity,” Wardak declared. <br /><br />Congratulating the Turkish teachers working at the schools in Afghanistan, Minister Wardak said that they were “highly respected.” He went on to praise the teachers who “leave behind their families and their cherished hometowns, leaving wonderful cities like İstanbul and Ankara and all that is near and dear to them to serve the Afghan nation and Afghan children.” <br /><br />Underlining the importance of education for Afghanistan, Wardak said that education prevents people from being exploited by terrorist groups. “None of the people who are trained as suicide bombers are educated or even literate,” Wardak said, noting that it is very easy to control uneducated young people. <br /><br />Given the particularly low levels of female education in Afghanistan, Minister Wardak was keen to stress improvements in the last decade. Ten years ago, Afghanistan inherited a disabled and dysfunctional education system, in which 1 million boys received a poor quality education and girls were systematically excluded. “Students were taught by 20,000 teachers, all of whom were male, and of the country's 3,400 schools, virtually none had a proper school building or learning environment,” Wardak said. <br /><br />Wardak quoted figured to show the scale of recent improvements, declaring that Afghanistan now has 10.5 million students, 42 percent of whom are girls. In addition, there are now 200,000 teachers, of whom 34 percent are women. Almost half of the 16,600 school buildings are in proper condition. <br /><br />As far as the role of the Turkish schools in girls' education is concerned, Wardak is pleased. He notes that out of the total 17 Turkish-Afghan schools, seven or eight of them are girls' schools, stating that “they focus strongly on girls' education,” adding that he attended a graduation ceremony in a girls' schools. “They all received a very high level of education,” Wardak said proudly. <br />‘I am grateful to Turkish schools for providing education to girls' <br /><br />Wardak said that female education is a determining factor in preventing premature marriages. Once girls are educated, Wardak said, they become less dependent on others and more able to contribute to social well-being. <br /><br />The achievements of the Turkish schools in Afghanistan are not limited to girls' education. The minister reported that 390 students in Turkish-Afghan schools received medals in science olympiads. “This proves the schools' quality,” he said, and that he was “under pressure from the Afghan elite, including members of parliament, ministers and governors, to enroll their children into the schools.” The schools give children a holistic education which emphasizes “human values” such as respect for elders, teachers, country, humanity and God. <br /><br />Talking about the destructive impact of the Taliban on the Afghan education system, Wardak said that in 2004 the Taliban retook control of parts of Afghanistan which resulted in increased attacks on schools until 2008. However, since good channels of communication were established with local people -- including those who were behind the attacks -- the government has been able to establish “shuras,” or councils, to protect the schools. <br /><br />For Wardak, the biggest achievement for Afghan education has been encouraging people to adopt the new system. “When the people of Afghanistan have control of the education system in their own hands, then no matter what happens at the highest political level, whether it is a change in regime, a change of president or minister, the schools will not be harmed because they are safeguarded by the local people,” he concluded. Hizmet Chroniclenoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-295600233846791069.post-83337009064737882182014-01-10T19:04:00.003-08:002014-01-10T19:14:02.452-08:00Principles of Gulen Inspired Schools - Boarding Schools<i>by Mustafa Shahin</i><br /><br />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.<br /><br />&nbsp;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.<br /><br />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.<br /><br /><a name='more'></a><br />In these schools, many students prefer boarding option over the day school option voluntarily. Because, otherwise these students would have gone to underage child labor outside of the school hours. With the boarding option these students are given the opportunity to stay in the school campus and join the after-school programs.<br /><br />The Boarding schools is also a great opportunity for many students coming from dysfunctional families where one of the parents might be abusive due to alcohol, drug addiction or other reasons. Studies show that students from dysfunctional families are very satisfied with the boarding option where they can be free from stress etc that negatively impact their in-school performance.<br /><br />For many students in the underdeveloped countries malnutrition is one of the prime reasons why students under-perform in the classes. Families who cannot afford to feed their kids, through boarding schools can provide their kids a healthy environment.<br /><br />Room and Board option is also beneficial to students who come from low income neighborhoods where education is not seen as a viable option in a rewarding life. Excess of illegal activities and crime in these neighborhoods limit the ability of students to appreciate the importance of education.<br />Under all these negative conditions Gülen schools that offer room and board is a viable alternative for many students who do not have any way out.<br /><br />Source: <a href="#" target="_blank">Hizmet Journal</a> - 1/8/2013 Hizmet Chroniclenoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-295600233846791069.post-38587667538743318272013-12-31T13:34:00.001-08:002013-12-31T13:37:56.019-08:00Turkish Twitter war over education<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><object class="BLOGGER-youtube-video" classid="clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6,0,40,0" data-thumbnail-src="http://img.youtube.com/vi/ivyp0oWU0I0/0.jpg" height="266" width="320"><param name="movie" value="http://youtube.googleapis.com/v/ivyp0oWU0I0&source=uds" /><param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><embed width="320" height="266" src="http://youtube.googleapis.com/v/ivyp0oWU0I0&source=uds" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object></div><br /><br />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.<br /><br />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.<br /><br />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.Hizmet Chroniclenoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-295600233846791069.post-24817684071192909022013-12-25T08:17:00.000-08:002013-12-25T08:17:01.287-08:00Pakistan PM Praises Turkish Schools In Erdogan's VisitSpeaking 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.<br /><br />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.<br /><br />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.<br /><br />“<i>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,</i>” he said.<br /><br />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.”<br /><br />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.<br /><br />Source:&nbsp; <a href="http://en.haberler.com/pakistan-pm-praises-turkish-schools-in-erdogan-s-339406/" target="_blank">Haberler.com</a> - 12/24/2013Hizmet Chroniclenoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-295600233846791069.post-6359561721699942312013-12-24T08:41:00.001-08:002013-12-24T08:41:21.466-08:00‘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.<br /><br />“<i>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,</i>” Kayizari said.<br /><br />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.<br /><br /><a name='more'></a><br />Turkey's Africa initiative isn't limited to political and economic goals; rather, it aims to contribute to the development and growth of Africa in diverse fields, including health, education, agriculture and, most importantly, the preservation of peace and stability.<br /><br />In the field of education, Turkish schools attract attention. In Rwanda's capital, Kigali, Hope Kids Academy, an international Turkish school, was officially opened in February.<br /><br />In an exclusive interview with Today's Zaman, Kayizari noted that Turkey has lot to offer in terms of education. He went on to say that education is the only tool for development, adding that his country has invested much in education. “We cannot achieve our 2020 vision without improving our position in education. Turkey also provides scholarships for Rwandan students. This is important as these students will further develop bilateral relations and work to create a positive image of Turkey. Education is the biggest investment for humanity,” Kayizari said.<br /><br />The ambassador said that the Turkish school in Kigali plans to expand and build a larger facility that will accommodate 500 students next year. “As a new school, it is growing fast. First it was constructed as a small building, but with the increasing number of the students now they are building a greater school,” Kayizari said.<br /><br />Kayizari added that Turkish universities have promised to offer more spaces for Rwandan students, of which there are currently 40 in Turkey, and that the two countries have agreed to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in the field of education soon.<br /><br />The MoU would further strengthen bilateral relations and promote mutual understanding and good will between the people of Rwanda and those of Turkey.<br /><br /><b>‘Turkey important partner with very active policy in Africa'</b><br /><br />Praising Turkey's proactive foreign policy in the African continent, the ambassador noted that Rwandans have become more aware of Turkey's presence on the international scene.<br /><br />“<i>I am impressed with Turkey's role in the diplomatic sphere in the last years. It is an active partner for us,</i>” Kayizari said.<br /><br />The African ambassador welcomes Turkey's belated engagement in Africa, lauding Turkey's commitment to the continent as a strategic partner to the African Union since 2008. The number of Turkish embassies on the African continent, 12 in 2009, rose to 31 in 2012.<br /><br />“Turkey is in Africa at the right time. Why I say ‘right time' is that maybe 20 years ago Africa was not ready as it is now. Twenty years ago Africa was in turmoil due to the presence of dictatorial regimes. But today, Africa is a destination and it has many opportunities to offer Turkey. We should not look at yesterday. It is passed. Today it is the right time,” he added.<br /><br />When asked how Rwandans perceive Turkey, the ambassador said: “One day, I was watching a documentary and a man in Rwanda was asked about his opinion on Turkey. I was impressed with his answer. He said Turkey was a developing country having a strong economy. Today, for the people of Rwanda, Turkey is visible on the map,” the ambassador said.<br /><br />‘Turkish Airlines flight to Rwanda catalyst to growing relations'<br /><br />Turkey sees Africa as a strong partner, and the Africa initiative was born of a desire to open embassies in African countries and encourage Turkish Airlines to follow by launching flights to link Africa and Turkey. <br /><br />Kayizari said that the direct flight to Kigali operated by Turkish Airlines (THY) is an important indication of the growing ties between Turkey and Rwanda, adding that the flights have boosted the countries' relations.<br /><br />THY's launch of direct fights to Kigali last March is considered another catalyst to strengthen bilateral ties. Previously, Turks traveling to Kigali had to spend hours in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi waiting for a connecting flight.<br /><br />According to THY, their entry into Rwanda is important because Rwanda is a county with many opportunities and an environment conducive to business.<br /><br />Kayizari said that the bilateral relations between the two countries were growing day by day.<br /><br />In October, Kayizari, as Rwanda's first ambassador to Turkey, presented his letters of credence to Turkish President Abdullah Gül at the Çankaya presidential palace in Ankara. Kayizari was previously the chief of staff of the Rwandan army.<br /><br />“The Turkish ambassador accredited for Rwanda is responsible for three countries, including Rwanda, Uganda and Burundi. Of course, I am sure that Turkey will be opening an embassy in Kigali soon. We are waiting,” he said.<br /><br />‘Rwanda fertile ground for Turkish business'<br /><br />Rwanda was ranked the second best place to do business in Africa, beating all of its neighbors in the rankings, according to the newest edition of the World Bank's “Doing Business 2014” report.<br /><br />The annual World Bank report, which assesses performance in ease of doing business country by country, indicates that, overall, Rwanda moved 22 places, to 32nd out of 189 countries, since last year. Rwanda was also named the most improved country worldwide since 2005.<br /><br />Rwanda is looking to attract long-term foreign investments; the country hopes to achieve this goal and become a regional hub for business.<br /><br />“Turkey can also use Rwanda as a gateway to reach eastern and central African countries. Rwanda can provide many opportunities to Turkey. There are opportunities in the infrastructure, agriculture and energy sectors. Rwanda has identified energy as an important sector for the 2020 vision of the country. Turkey has a 2023 vision; we have 2020 vision to raise Rwanda from a poor country to a middle-income country,” Kayizari said.<br /><br />In May, Turkish Deputy Economy Minister Mustafa Sever said Turkey attached importance to African countries and aims to increase investment and trade in the region, adding that Rwanda was a growing country and that the trade volume between Rwanda and Turkey is expected to reach $100 million in 2023.<br /><br />“Appropriate environment for trade is available in Rwanda and there is will for doing business. With the Turkish Airlines, there is more chance for business,” Kayizari said.<br /><br />A delegation of 15 Turkish investors visited Rwanda in May to explore business opportunities between the two nations. Turkish investment in Rwanda has been increasing in the aviation, real estate, education, mining, energy, tourism and manufacturing sectors.<br /><br />Turkey is also looking to enter into a free trade agreement with the East African Community, a customs union between Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi and Rwanda, by 2019.<br /><br />Rwandans took lessons from genocide, look forward to future<br /><br />The people of Turkey don't know much about Rwanda, and there are very few people who have heard of Kigali. Rwanda, a country that has experienced great sorrow and tragedy, is moving quickly to overcome the destructive impacts of the 1994 genocide.<br /><br />Rwanda was first colonized by Germany in 1884 before becoming a Belgian colony in 1916. It won independence in 1962. In 1994, Rwanda experienced a terrible tragedy that resulted in the deaths of a staggering number of people, a genocide that was a consequence of Belgium's policy of reinforcing the rift between the Tutsis and the Hutus.<br /><br />“Twenty years ago, Rwanda went through a bad period. There was a war and genocide. We lost 1 million people and after that the entire infrastructure was destroyed. But since then, Rwanda has been curing itself. Today, Rwanda is the most peaceful country and it is developing very fast socially, economically and educationally,” Kayizari said.<br /><br />The ambassador noted that Rwandans have taken lessons from the mistakes of the past, saying that rather than being stuck in the past, Rwandans are moving forward to overcome the consequences of the genocide.<br /><br />“People remember those times because it is part of our history. You cannot run away from your own history. Rwanda has reached a consensus on what happened and has put on the table what could be done to not repeat the same mistakes. Rwandans want to cover this shame,” Kayizari said.<br /><br />The ambassador said, with sorrow: “We adopted a policy of remembering the past, but not [dwelling on] genocide. We want to remember our achievement of how we have come to this point. When you face fire, unless you are stupid you should run. That's why Rwanda is running to develop!”<br /><br />Turkey, Rwanda discuss cooperation on training of security forces<br /><br />Kayizari noted that a delegation from Rwanda is scheduled to visit Turkey to discuss cooperation between the two countries on the training of security forces.<br /><br />Turkey has stepped up its efforts in training police and intelligence forces in some African countries after recent terrorist attacks in Somalia and Kenya.<br /><br />“Terrorism is an international problem. No country is immune to this act. As long as you are not with the terrorists, you are their target. So, Rwanda is also the target of terrorists. We put security mechanisms to minimize such acts. Terrorism will never stop the wave of development,” Kayizari said.<br /><br />The ambassador also noted that there was good enough cooperation among states in the region to fight terrorism collectively. “What happens in a country happens to all of us,” he added.<br /><br />Rwanda is a Central African country bordered by the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Tanzania and Uganda.<br /><br />Touching on Rwanda's relations with its neighbors, particularly the DRC, with which tensions flare up periodically, the ambassador said that relations between the two neighbors are a mix of “conflict and cooperation together.”<br /><br />“Sometimes we don't understand why. Despite having problems with the DRC sometimes, we always maintain a diplomatic and trade relationship. The intention of Rwanda is to have peace with the DRC because peace with the DRC means development for Rwanda. It is a big neighbor and we can have strong economic relations. But maybe we are an example that they don't want to see because we are developing with small resources very fast. Rwanda is a very outgoing country, but people misinterpret our uprightness. For instance, we recently had a national dialogue where people with diverse opinions participated,” the ambassador added.<br /><br />Fingers crossed for Syria in Geneva II<br /><br />When asked whether the United Nations was doing enough to solve the conflict in Syria, the ambassador pointed to the ineffectiveness of the international community, particularly the United Nations, during the conflict in Rwanda in 1994, and said that the UN may be not doing enough; he added, however, that the real responsibility for the future of the country belongs to the Syrians themselves.<br /><br />“Like everybody, Rwanda is also concerned about the situation in Syria. The situation in Syria is worrying. Is UN doing enough? Maybe not. But the responsibility is in the hands of the Syrians. In Rwanda, we lived genocide and we overcame by ourselves,” the ambassador said.<br /><br />He said we should keep our fingers crossed for the upcoming international conference on Syria, known as Geneva II, which aims to bring the Syrian opposition and the regime to the negotiating table.<br /><br />When asked whether he believes that a positive result would come out from the conference -- if it takes place -- Kayizari replied as follows: “Well, I don't have reason to doubt. Where there is a will there may be a way.”Hizmet Chroniclenoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-295600233846791069.post-72589546274413707022013-12-24T08:26:00.000-08:002013-12-24T08:26:45.088-08:00Pak-Turk School donates Rs1m for victims of Philippines typhoonIslamabad -&nbsp;Students of a Pak-Turk International Schools and Colleges have donated Rs1 million from their pocket money and savings for the children affected by the typhoon Haiyan that devastated Philippines recently.<br /><br />Soon after the typhoon, administration of the school organised a fund raising campaign to help the deserving in the Philippines during which students from the pre-school to college contributed wholeheartedly.<br /><br />Speaking at a ceremony organised at the completion of the drive, Pak-Turk Director Kamil Ture said that the step was taken as part of service and to meet critical humanitarian needs which is part of our education system. “We want to lift sense of responsibility among students and provide them an opportunity to serve humanity selflessly which will help transform them into noble citizens,” he added.<br /><br /><br /><a name='more'></a><br />Kamil Ture said that children naturally look for ways to help others; we should provide them opportunity to enjoy the fruits of contribution so that they become responsible, fulfilled and proud to be able to help those in need.<br /><br />The typhoon that killed 6,100, left 1,700 missing, swept away a million homes and injured 27,000 in Philippines was a catastrophe that cannot be ignored, Ebubekir Hispolat, an official of the institution said while talking to ‘The News.’ Pak-Turk Chairman Unal Tosur said that parents can use catastrophes as an opportunity to help children learn importance of reaching out to others in time of need which in turn make a measurable difference in their own lives.<br /><br />Later, the funds were handed over to the country chief of a Turkish NGO engaged in relief operations globally with a focus to serve humanity in Philippines.<br /><div><br /></div><div>Source: <a href="http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-6-221916-Pak-Turk-School-donates-Rs1m-for-victims-of-Philippines-typhoon" target="_blank">International The News</a> - 12/23/2013</div>Hizmet Chroniclenoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-295600233846791069.post-65305247188430672632013-12-17T18:46:00.000-08:002013-12-17T18:46:40.005-08:00Davutoğlu says Turkish Schools abroad play an important representative roleTurkish Foreign Minister <b>Ahmet Davutoğlu</b> has said Turkish schools abroad are playing an important representative role and that Turkish government officials will do everything to support them.<br /><br />Davutoğlu’s remarks came after a series of statements by ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) officials supporting Turkish schools abroad.<br /><br />“<i>As the Turkish government, it’s our duty to take care of our citizens’ problems or needs no matter what political views they have. Not depending on which community they belong to, these schools and non-governmental organizations have played an important role in countries such as Somalia and Myanmar; therefore we will support them if they ever need us.</i><i>These schools are important institutions as they help spread the Turkish language and the Turkish culture abroad,</i>” Davutoğlu told reporters on Tuesday.<br /><div><br /></div><div>He concluded his words by saying that the Turkish government will keep supporting their citizens in any case and people should be aware of this fact.</div>Hizmet Chroniclenoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-295600233846791069.post-31268180035349911822013-12-17T18:35:00.000-08:002013-12-17T18:35:02.693-08:00Turkish Schools Offer Pakistan a Gentler Vision of Islam<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://gulenschools.org/images/stories/sabrinantimes.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://gulenschools.org/images/stories/sabrinantimes.jpg" /></a></div>by SABRINA TAVERNISE, The New York Times<br /><br />KARACHI, Pakistan — Praying in Pakistan has not been easy for Mesut Kacmaz, a Muslim teacher from Turkey.He tried the mosque near his house, but it had Israeli and Danish flags painted on the floor for people to step on. The mosque near where he works warned him never to return wearing a tie. Pakistanis everywhere assume he is not Muslim because he has no beard.<br /><br /> "<b>Kill, fight, shoot</b>," Mr. Kacmaz said. "<b>This is a misinterpretation of Islam.</b>"<br /><br />But that view is common in Pakistan, a frontier land for the future of Islam, where schools, nourished by Saudi and American money dating back to the 1980s, have spread Islamic radicalism through the poorest parts of society. With a literacy rate of just 50 percent and a public school system near collapse, the country is particularly vulnerable.<br /><br /><div><a name='more'></a><div>Mr. Kacmaz (pronounced KATCH-maz) is part of a group of Turkish educators who have come to this battleground with an entirely different vision of Islam. Theirs is moderate and flexible, comfortably coexisting with the West while remaining distinct from it. Like Muslim Peace Corps volunteers, they promote this approach in schools, which are now established in more than 80 countries, Muslim and Christian.<br /><br />Their efforts are important in Pakistan, a nuclear power whose stability and whose vulnerability to fundamentalism have become main preoccupations of American foreign policy. Its tribal areas have become a refuge to the Taliban and Al Qaeda, and the battle against fundamentalism rests squarely on young people and the education they get.<br /><br />At present, that education is extremely weak. The poorest Pakistanis cannot afford to send their children to public schools, which are free but require fees for books and uniforms. Some choose to send their children to madrasas, or religious schools, which, like aid organizations, offer free food and clothing. Many simply teach, but some have radical agendas. At the same time, a growing middle class is rejecting public schools, which are chaotic and poorly financed, and choosing from a new array of private schools.<br /><br />The Turkish schools, which have expanded to seven cities in Pakistan since the first one opened a decade ago, cannot transform the country on their own. But they offer an alternative approach that could help reduce the influence of Islamic extremists.<br /><br />They prescribe a strong Western curriculum, with courses, taught in English, from math and science to English literature and Shakespeare. They do not teach religion beyond the one class in Islamic studies that is required by the state. Unlike British-style private schools, however, they encourage Islam in their dormitories, where teachers set examples in lifestyle and prayer.<br /><br />"Whatever the West has of science, let our kids have it," said Erkam Aytav, a Turk who works in the new schools. "But let our kids have their religion as well."<br /><br />That approach appeals to parents in Pakistan, who want their children to be capable of competing with the West without losing their identities to it. Allahdad Niazi, a retired Urdu professor in Quetta, a frontier town near the Afghan border, took his son out of an elite military school, because it was too authoritarian and did not sufficiently encourage Islam, and put him in the Turkish school, called PakTurk.<br /><br />"Private schools can't make our sons good Muslims," Mr. Niazi said, sitting on the floor in a Quetta house. "Religious schools can't give them modern education. PakTurk does both."<br /><br />The model is the brainchild of a Turkish Islamic scholar, Fethullah Gulen. A preacher with millions of followers in Turkey, Mr. Gulen, 69, comes from a tradition of Sufism, an introspective, mystical strain of Islam. He has lived in exile in the United States since 2000, after getting in trouble with secular Turkish officials.<br /><br />Mr. Gulen's idea, Mr. Aytav said, is that "without science, religion turns to radicalism, and without religion, science is blind and brings the world to danger."<br /><br />The schools are putting into practice a Turkish Sufi philosophy that took its most modern form during the last century, after Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, Turkey's founder, crushed the Islamic caliphate in the 1920s. Islamic thinkers responded by trying to bring Western science into the faith they were trying to defend. In the 1950s, while Arab Islamic intellectuals like Sayyid Qutub were firmly rejecting the West, Turkish ones like Said Nursi were seeking ways to coexist with it.<br /><br />In Karachi, a sprawling city that has had its own struggles with radicalism — the American reporter Daniel Pearl was killed here, and the famed Binori madrasa here is said to have sheltered Osama bin Laden — the two approaches compete daily.<br /><br />The Turkish school is in a poor neighborhood in the south of the city where residents are mostly Pashtun, a strongly tribal ethnic group whose poorer fringes have been among the most susceptible to radicalism. Mr. Kacmaz, who became principal 10 months ago, ran into trouble almost as soon as he began. The locals were suspicious of the Turks, who, with their ties and clean-shaven faces, looked like math teachers from Middle America.<br /><br />"They asked me several times, 'Are they Muslim? Do they pray? Are they drinking at night?' " said Ali Showkat, a vice principal of the school, who is Pakistani.<br /><br />Goats nap by piles of rubbish near the school's entrance, and Mr. Kacmaz asked a local religious leader to help get people to stop throwing their trash near the school, to no avail. Exasperated, he hung an Islamic saying on the outer wall of the school: "Cleanliness is half of faith." When he prayed at a mosque, two young men followed him out and told him not to return wearing a tie because it was un-Islamic.<br /><br />"I said, 'Show me a verse in the Koran where it was forbidden,' " Mr. Kacmaz said, steering his car through tangled rush-hour traffic. The two men were wearing glasses, and he told them that scripturally, there was no difference between a tie and glasses.<br /><br />"Behind their words there was no Hadith," he said, referring to a set of Islamic texts, "only misunderstanding."<br /><br />That misunderstanding, along with the radicalism that follows, stalks the poorest parts of Quetta. Abdul Bari, a 31-year-old teacher of Islam from a religious family, lives in a neighborhood without electricity or running water. Two brothers from his tribe were killed on a suicide mission, leaving their mother a beggar and angering Mr. Bari, who says a Muslim's first duty is to his mother and his family.<br /><br />"Our nation has no patience," said Mr. Bari, who raised his seven younger siblings, after his father died suddenly a dozen years ago. He decided that one of his brothers should be educated, and enrolled him in the Turkish school.<br /><br />The Turks put the focus on academics, which pleased Mr. Bari, who said his dream was for Saadudeen, his brother, to lift the family out of poverty and expand its horizons beyond religion. Mr. Bari's title, hafiz, means he has memorized the entire Koran, though he has no formal education. Two other brothers have earned the same distinction. Their father was an imam.<br /><br />His is a lonely mission in a neighborhood where nearly all the residents are illiterate and most disapprove of his choices, Mr. Bari said. He is constantly on guard against extremism. He once punished Saadudeen for flying kites with the wrong kind of boys. At the Turkish school, the teenager is supervised around the clock in a dormitory.<br /><br />"They are totally against extremism," Mr. Bari said of the Turks. "They are true Muslims. They will make my brother into a true Muslim. He'll deal with people with justice and wisdom. Not with impatience."<br /><br />Illiteracy is one of the roots of problems dogging the Muslim world, said Matiullah Aail, a religious scholar in Quetta who graduated from Medina University in Saudi Arabia.<br /><br />In Baluchistan, Quetta's sparsely populated province, the literacy rate is less than 10 percent, said Tariq Baluch, a government official in the Pasheen district. He estimated that about half of the district's children attended madrasas.<br /><br />Mr. Aail said: "Doctors and lawyers have to show their degrees. But when it comes to mullahs, no one asks them for their qualifications. They don't have knowledge, but they are influential."<br /><br />That leads to a skewed interpretation of Islam, even by those schooled in it, according to Mr. Gulen and his followers.<br /><br />"They've memorized the entire holy book, but they don't understand its meaning," said Kamil Ture, a Turkish administrator.<br /><br />Mr. Kacmaz chimed in: "How we interpret the Koran is totally dependent on our education."<br /><br />In an interview in 2004, published in a book of his writings, Mr. Gulen put it like this: "In the countries where Muslims live, some religious leaders and immature Muslims have no other weapon in hand than their fundamental interpretation of Islam. They use this to engage people in struggles that serve their own purposes."<br /><br />Moderate as that sounds, some Turks say Mr. Gulen uses the schools to advance his own political agenda. Murat Belge, a prominent Turkish intellectual who has experience with the movement, said that Mr. Gulen "sincerely believes that he has been chosen by God," and described Mr. Gulen's followers as "Muslim Jesuits" who are preparing elites to run the country.<br /><br />Hakan Yavuz, a Turkish professor at the University of Utah who has had extensive experience with the Gulen movement, offered a darker assessment.<br /><br />"The purpose here is very much power," Mr. Yavuz said. "The model of power is the Ottoman Empire and the idea that Turks should shape the Muslim world."<br /><br />But while radical Islamists seek to re-establish a seventh-century Islamic caliphate, without nations or borders, and more moderate Islamists, like Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, use secular democracy to achieve the goal of an Islamic state, Mr. Gulen is a nationalist who says he wants no more than a secular democracy where citizens are free to worship, a claim secular Turks find highly suspect.<br /><br />Still, his schools are richly supported by Turkish businessmen. M. Ihsan Kalkavan, a shipping magnate who has built hotels in Nigeria, helped finance Gulen schools there, which he said had attracted the children of the Nigerian elite.<br /><br />"When we take our education experiment to other countries, we introduce ourselves. We say, 'See, we're not terrorists.' When people get to know us, things change," Mr. Kalkavan said in his office in Istanbul.<br /><br />He estimated the number of Mr. Gulen's followers in Turkey at three million to five million. The network itself does not provide estimates, and Mr. Gulen declined to be interviewed.<br /><br />The schools, which also operate in Christian countries like Russia, are not for Muslims alone, and one of their stated aims is to promote interfaith understanding. Mr. Gulen met the previous pope, as well as Jewish and Orthodox Christian leaders, and teachers in the schools say they stress multiculturalism and universal values.<br /><br />"We are all humans," said Mr. Kacmaz, the principal. "In Islam, every human being is very important."<br /><br />Pakistani society is changing fast, and more Pakistanis are realizing the importance of education, in part because they have more to lose, parents said. Abrar Awan, whose son is attending the Turkish school in Quetta, said he had grown tired of the attitude of the Islamic political parties he belonged to as a student. Now a government employee with a steady job, he sees real life as more complicated than black-and-white ideology.<br /><br />"America or the West was always behind every fault, every problem," he said, at a gathering of fathers in April. "Now, in my practical life, I know the faults are within us."<br /><br />Sebnem Arsu contributed reporting from Karachi and Quetta in Pakistan and from Istanbul<br /><br /><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/04/world/asia/04islam.html">http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/04/world/asia/04islam.html</a> <br /><br /><div style="background-color: white; color: #33322a; font-family: 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; line-height: 18px; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-top: 1em; padding: 0px;"></div></div></div>Hizmet Chroniclenoreply@blogger.com