In his remarks at the opening ceremony of Shafak International Turkish Schools’ new campus sponsored by businesspeople from Adana province of Turkey, Republic of Congo Minister of Education Maker Mwangu Famba expressed his admiration of high quality education offered at the schools. “They have accomplished what our President points us in education. Turks taught us how to invest in education.” said the Minister.
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Adana –Kinshasa Sister Cities Proposal
Adana Metropolitan Municipality Deputy Mayor Zihni Aldirmaz said that they will initiate the proceedings to pair Adana and Kinshasa as sister cities. Aldirmaz stated that they were witnessing a magnificent moment to be proud of and continued: “I would like to thank Fethullah Gulen- whose heart is, I believe, with us- for pioneering this radiant way. I would like to thank also to our President Abdullah Gul who gave full support to help the school launch as soon as possible and my fellow townsmen entrepreneurs from Adana and the President of Republic of Congo. And finally, to other leading cavaliers dedicated to establish these schools around the world only a few of whom I have been privileged to meet here.”
“I feel so proud”
The Mayor of Yuregir, Adana, Mahmut Celikcan noted that he felt so proud to see such an institution operating with the contributions of Adana businessmen. “We are greatly happy to see the Turkish flag waving in the heart of Africa. Moreover, it is a source of pride to have our fellow people here who are devotedly carrying out their duties.” said the Mayor.
Following the remarks, Congolese students in traditional attire sang both in Turkish and the local languages. Giresun, Turkey, folk dance performance was highly appreciated by the attendees as well. The State of Kinshasa Ministry of Education official Theresa Olenga was presented a plaque by Adana Deputy Mayor Zihni Aldirmaz later in the ceremony. Afterwards, the school was toured following ribbon cutting.
Shafak Schools General Manager Ibrahim Tatar expressed his gratitude to Aldirmaz for equipping the school’s computer lab. In addition to the mayors from Adana, some other esteemed names including the state Kasai Governor Ngoy Kasanji, ANSIFED (Confederation of Anatolian Industrialists and Businessmen) Board President Ahmet Coskun, Anatolian Entrepreneurial Businessmen’s Association President Seyfettin Alpat, and Congolese Consul General in Ankara Marcel Mulumba Tsihidimba attended the opening ceremony.
Shafak Schools’ Achievements
Shafak Schools won gold and silver medal in 2009 and 2010 Turkish Language Olympiads and 2011 International Science Olympiad in Tanzania, respectively. The schools host students from multiple nations and offer language classes in 4 different languages including Turkish. The school ranked first among French, American and many other private schools operating in Congo in “most beautiful and cleanest school” contest supported by President Joseph Kabila.
Published [in Turkish] on HaberYurdum.com, 23 January 2013, Wednesday