Last minute… President Erdogan’s emphasis on equal opportunities in education

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Stating that education is the basic element that keeps nations alive, leads change and adds value to the world. President Erdoğan said, “The ideal of “strong society, strong country” can only be achieved by making good use of human capital and passing it through a qualified education process. We are a country that offers all levels of education to our children completely free of charge, from kindergarten to university. For the last 20 years, we have been taking historical steps towards the dissemination of education, increasing the quality of education and ensuring equality of opportunity.”

Noting that they are making efforts to strengthen the education infrastructure in every field from increasing the number of classrooms to the appointment of teachers, from free textbooks to aids for families with limited economic conditions. President Erdogan“We have equipped our educational institutions with sports halls, digital libraries, laboratories, smart boards and brought them modern opportunities. With the 4+4+4 education reform, we increased the schooling rates across our country by increasing the compulsory education to 12 years. With our ‘Let’s Go to School Girls’ project, we increased the schooling rate above 90 percent by encouraging the education of our girls. Thanks to our preschool education campaign, we increased the enrollment of five-year-olds from 78 percent to 93 percent. We aim to reach 100 percent in the coming period,” he said.

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“WE ARE UPDATING AND RENEWING OUR EDUCATIONAL CURRICULUM ACCORDING TO TODAY’S NEEDS”

affecting the whole world coronavirus Reminding that during the epidemic, they have put into use applications such as digital platforms, free material support and summer schools where students can access many electronic content, President Erdoğan announced that they have also implemented various measures to eliminate literacy, numeracy and skill deficiencies in the developmental stages of students.

Stating that another subject they care about is vocational education, President Erdoğan said, “We are establishing close cooperation between our vocational education institutions and our industrial zones with the learning by production approach. We established International Vocational and Technical Anatolian High Schools in order to share our experience in the field of vocational and technical education with other countries. Our Turkish Maarif Foundation, on the other hand, fills an important gap with its educational institutions spanning 49 countries, mainly in Africa, Asia and the Balkans. TIKA, our Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency, also provides training and technical training support especially for underdeveloped and developing countries. With Türkiye Scholarships, we offer free education in our country to thousands of students at different levels every year.”

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President Erdoğan concluded his speech as follows: “We do not keep the children of more than 4 million refugees we host in our country separate from our own children, and we make every effort for their education. In addition to our international efforts, we also update and renew our education curriculum according to today’s needs. We added the ‘Environmental Education and Climate Change’ course to the K-12 program to instill environmental awareness from an early age. We continue to do what is necessary to raise our children, who are the guarantee of our future, as individuals who are beneficial to the country, nation and all humanity. With these thoughts, I once again greet you all on behalf of myself and my nation; I wish the Education Transformation Summit to be instrumental in laying the foundations of a brighter, livable and just world.”

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