December 23, 2014

Afghan education minister pledges to open more Turkish schools

The Afghan education minister pledged to increase the number of Turkish-Afghan schools in Afghanistan, opening at least a school in each province as an educational role model.

Speaking at the graduation ceremony of the Turkish-Afghan school which has been serving in Afghanistan since 1995, country’s Education Minister Asif Nang praised the existing 23 Turkish schools in his country and promised to support to open more Turkish-Afghan schools in the 34 provinces of Afghanistan.

The Education Minister’s promise to build schools in different provinces by the state support and to transfer their management to Turkish education volunteers was applauded by the attendees at the graduation ceremony where besides Education Minister Nang, Afghan-Turkish Çağ Educational Institutions (ATCE) Chairman Numan Erdoğan, high level MPs, bureaucrats, and students’ parents attended.

New schools will be opened by government support

Afghanistan education minister Asif Nang emphasized the contribution which schools established by Turkish entrepreneurs have made to peace and social cohesion in Afghanistan, saying that the generation who will secure the future of country graduates from Turkish schools. “If we consider all the unrest in this war-torn country, Turkish schools educated a generation who will save the country from this chaos,” he noted.

And the Education Minister promised to support the expansion of schools in other part of country where there are no Turkish schools yet. He added that Afghan officials would like to contribute more support to Turkish-Afghan Schools.

Afghanistan administrative reform commission head Ahmed Mushahid drew attention to the social activities of Turkish Schools. “Social activities help to increase student’s self-confidence. Even the naughtiest students become more obedient, disciplined and respectful," he praised.

“Turks supported Afghan with education in the hardest times”

Talking about the destructive impact of the war on the Afghan education system, Afghanistan deputy Education Minister Ghulam Jilani Humayun thanked Turkish education volunteers to support the country with education in hard times. "In very difficult times, while no foreigners dared to come Afghanistan, the Turks came and supported us on educating our children,” he said.

Success level of students hits 99%

Afghan-Turkish Çağ Educational Institutions (ATCE) Chairman Numan Erdoğan reported that 606 students graduated this year from Turkish schools since 1995. He added that students’ success level in university entrance examinations reached 99 percent.

Erdoğan reminded that 30% of graduated students further their education in 42 other countries abroad.

Turkish schools in Afghanistan

There are 23 Afghan-Turkish schools in the country in six different provinces, including a nursery, elementary schools, high schools, imam hatip high schools, university preparatory courses and Anatolian Language and Culture Centers. Seven thousand students are studying in Turkish schools in the country.

Turkish schools that are established by educational volunteers – affiliated with the faith-based Hizmet movement, inspired by teachings of Turkish scholar Fethullah Gülen – across the world receive great appreciation in each country they operate with more than 2,000 educational establishments in more than 140 countries around the world.

Published on BGNNews, 22 December 2014, Monday