South African, Kenyan leaders show support for Turkish schools


Date posted: April 8, 2014

SOUTH AFRICA

South African President Jacob Zuma and Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta have both expressed support for Turkish schools in their country, amid the Turkish government’s attempts to shut down Turkish schools located abroad that are affiliated with the Hizmet movement.

 

Zuma has said he will support Star College, a Turkish school system operating in his country, regardless of attempts by the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) to shut it down along with other Turkish schools in Africa. Zuma’s comments came during a meeting with the members of the executive board of the Star College group. He assured the Turkish delegation that he will continue to support them, reportedly urging them to continue their work and assuring the delegation that the schools will always be welcome in South Africa.

During a joint press conference with his Turkish counterpart Abdullah Gül in Ankara following bilateral talks and meetings between delegations, Kenyatta also expressed Kenya’s gratitude to the Turkish schools in his country, saying that Kenya applauds the Turkish schools’ efforts and considers them to be part of Turkish investment in the nation.

“We look positively toward Turkish investments; we are actually here to try to promote even more Turkish companies and investors to look toward not just the Kenyan market but the regional market. The investments and schools are very sizable, something that again we do appreciate,” he said.

The African leaders’ remarks in support of the Turkish schools in the country came after several reports had circulated in the media saying that Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu had sent orders to Turkish embassies to take steps to close the schools located abroad.

As a result of the Turkish government’s pressure on foreign countries, a Turkish school in Gambia immediately closed, according to some reports in the Turkish media. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan personally asked Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani to close Turkish schools in the autonomous region of Iraq, according to sources close to the KRG prime minister. Erdoğan also called on the administration of Pakistan’s Punjab region to shut down its schools linked to the Gülen movement.

The attempt to shut down the schools comes at a time when the Hizmet movement has been subjected to an alleged smear campaign by the Turkish government, whose prime minister and many high-level officials are implicated in a sweeping corruption scandal that went public on Dec. 17, 2013.

Ufuk Education Foundation General Manager Süleyman Deşdemir was in the delegation that visited Zuma. Deşdemir said: “Star College has been active in South Africa for 15 years with eight branches and 3,000 students. Our school in Durban has the highest success rate in the country.”

There are many Turkish schools in Kenya because it is the biggest and most cosmopolitan country in East Africa. The first Turkish school in the country was established in 1998 and, now, a total of eight Turkish high schools boast alumni who have benefited from college education in 74 countries.

Source: Todays Zaman , April 8, 2014


Related News

Turkish Schools in Kyrgyzstan Celebrated 20th Anniversary

Cihan News Agency, May 8, 2012 The Turkish Schools in Kyrgyzstan celebrated their 20thanniversary with a magnificent event. Many high ranked individuals participated in this celebration of the schools that are affiliated with the Kyrgyz-Turkish Educational Institutions (SEBAT). Busurmankul Tabaldiyev, the secretary of the defense council of Kyrgyzstan, was in attendance on behalf of President […]

Hakan in Turkey, Sukur in Africa!

I try as much as possible to read the hundreds of e-mails I receive every day. Among the hundreds comes an array of information, documents, news or photos, ranging from those that come “out of the blue” to the ones that make me say “Wow, how could we forget things so fast!” Some, on the […]

Pak-Turk school teachers to be deported as Erdogan visits Pakistan

“PakTurk International Schools and Colleges are deeply concerned over the abrupt decision of the Government requiring the Turkish teachers, management and their family members numbering to approximately 450 individuals including the school-going children, infants and ladies to leave the country within three days – an extraordinary time constraint – in consequence of non-approval of their requests for extension of visa.

Gülen urges patience over prep schools row

Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen expressed unhappiness over government [in Turkey] plans to abolish educational institutions that assist high school students to prepare for the national university admission examination and urged people to be patient in the face of this move, which is interpreted as a blow to education in the country.

Archbishop Makgoba: Turkey’s religious tolerance answer to extremism

Turkey has given us an example showing that we can all coexist because we all worship God.” He said Turkey shows that “we can respect each other.

Erdogan Changes Tactics On Attempt To Shut Turkish Schools

President Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey has changed tactics in his efforts to make foreign governments close schools run by Hizmet Movement associates, otherwise called Turkish schools.

Latest News

Fethullah Gülen’s Condolence Message for South African Human Rights Defender Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Hizmet Movement Declares Core Values with Unified Voice

Ankara systematically tortures supporters of Gülen movement, Kurds, Turkey Tribunal rapporteurs say

Erdogan possessed by Pharaoh, Herod, Hitler spirits?

Devious Use of International Organizations to Persecute Dissidents Abroad: The Erdogan Case

A “Controlled Coup”: Erdogan’s Contribution to the Autocrats’ Playbook

Why is Turkey’s Erdogan persecuting the Gulen movement?

Purge-victim man sent back to prison over Gulen links despite stage 4 cancer diagnosis

University refuses admission to woman jailed over Gülen links

In Case You Missed It

Turkish president approves closure of schools run by Erdogan rival

Gulen sees rise of ‘totalitarianism’ under Erdogan’s rule

Arınç says Gülen’s offer to hand over prep schools ‘sacrifice’

Gov’t inspects Gülen-inspired schools while ignoring run-down state schools

Eximbank signs $300 mln deal with Pakistan at Tuskon meeting

Fethullah Gülen’s message to Turquiose Harmony Institute “Peace and Dialogue Awards”

Appeals court unanimously upholds Fethullah Gülen acquittal

Copyright 2022 Hizmet News