Future of Somalia, striving to combat the famine that the civil war and severe drought left behind, is raised at Somali-Turkish schools in the country. A total of 390 students -30 elementary and 360 high school- are receiving education at three different schools operated by Nile Institutions.
Kilic also noted that the schools’ equipment and supplies including desks, computers, smart boards and laboratory materials are provided from Turkey. “By offering English-medium instruction in physics, chemistry and biology we enable our students to easily integrate into the world. Besides, through Turkish classes, our students are able to speak, sing and recite poems comfortably in Turkish” said Kilic.
According to Kilic, Bedir students achieve fluency in speaking Turkish, English, Arabic and Somali languages by the time they graduate. “Being the most modern school across the country, our students have proudly represented their nation by winning bronze medals last year in International Computer Olympiads in Tanzania, INEPO Environment Olympiads in Azerbaijan, and Turkish Language Olympiads. We, on the other hand, have the privilege of delivering the aids donated by honorable Turkish people, who are cutting down on their own children’s expenses, for their fellow Somalis.”
In the last part of the ceremony, the Somali students sang well-known Turkish songs “Gesi baglari” and “Adini kalbime yazdim, by Tarkan” concluding the event.
Published on Cihan News Agency, 22 February 2013, Friday