Afghan minister: Afghanistan will continue to support Turkish schools


Date posted: May 24, 2014

ISTANBUL

Afghan Deputy Education Minister Shafiq Samim has said Turkish schools in Afghanistan remained open even during the country’s hardest times and that the schools will continue their work in the country in the future.

Speaking with Today’s Zaman, Samim mentioned the importance of the Turkish schools in Afghanistan, stating that the country’s social fabric that has been damaged due to violent extremists and radicals for over 30 years is being repaired by Turkish schools across the country and that the government has no intention of closing them down.

Samim said: “Afghanistan has been going through a very difficult period over the last 30 years. Everything has been overturned by the civil war, bringing the state to a near-collapse with internal conflicts. During this period, Turkey has always been with us. They [Turkish volunteers] came and opened Turkish schools. The first Hizmet [the faith-based Hizmet movement]-affiliated school was opened in the country 20 years ago. People in Afghanistan are pleased with these schools. With God’s help, there are now 35 such schools in Afghanistan. The students who receive an education at these schools are often very successful and do extremely well on public exams.”

Highlighting the educational quality of the Turkish schools, Samim said he had attended an educational event in Kabul two days before arriving in İstanbul: “During this event, the students who ranked at the top in public university entrance exams were given awards. For instance, a student from a Turkish school received the highest scores in a public examination in which 200,000 students participated. Turkish schools are a source of honor and happiness in the country. We in the Ministry of Education trust Turkish schools and take pride in them.”

Praising the educational activities of the Hizmet movement in Afghanistan, Samim stated that both the Hizmet movement and the Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen, whose teachings constitute the basis of the movement, look on the children of Afghanistan as though they were their own. Samim expressed his gratitude to the Hizmet movement and Gülen for their positive contributions to education in his country.

Stating that almost all Afghan children want to study in the Turkish schools, Samim spoke about the recent attempts by the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government to close the Turkish schools abroad, stating: “We have good relations with Turkey. No one has so far asked us to close the Turkish schools in our country. However, we Afghans know what is beneficial for us. We don’t concern ourselves with the problems that governments have with the people in other countries. However, we also appreciate the Hizmet movement, which showed full support to us even during our hardest times. We will never forget this. We will maintain our support for these schools.”

The faith-based Hizmet movement runs a wide network of schools and more than 2,000 educational establishments in more than 140 countries around the world. These schools aim to provide a quality education to thousands of students and are well known for their achievements in International Science Olympiads.

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

Source: Todays Zaman , May 23, 2014


Related News

Does Pakistani law allow you to deport Turkish teachers, Nawaz Sharif?

The recent controversy that has emerged regarding the PakTurk school system is troubling to say the least. PakTurk schools started popping up all over Pakistan during last decade. Turkey has always carried a strong brand value in Pakistan and it is therefore not surprising that the school system ostensibly embodying the best of Pakistan and Turkey was an instantaneous hit with parents.

Ishik University To Educate Students About the Threats of [the so-called] Islamic State

The President of Ishik University Prof. Ahmet Oztas mentioned that the staff and instructors of the university are strongly against the message of IS. They echo the official line of Gulen, that believes that Islamic State must be fought. He emphasized that IS militants are the enemy of all humanity, Turkey, Kurdistan, US and democracy, and it is the duty of all people to fight against them to the best of their ability.

Burc Schools achieve 13 medals in AMC 8

350 thousand students, in total, from 6000 schools around the world participated in this year’s AMC 8, recognized as the world’s most prestigious math contest involving middle schoolers. Among the participating Turkish schools, Adana Burc Schools’ students achieved a notable success by winning 13 medals. Turkey, South Korea, China, US, Canada, Russia and Taiwan constitute the award winning countries in the event.

‘TUSKON is a reliable and long-time friend of ours’

Speaking at the Turkey-Russia Trade and Investment Forum in İstanbul on Thursday, Katyrin said the two countries have a common goal of raising bilateral trade to $100 billion from its current level of $33 billion and that TUSKON has undertaken a key role in attaining this target.

Graduates’ views on the effectiveness of Gülen-inspired schools in Azerbaijan

The Gülen movement is active in many sectors, but educational institutions make up its core. It started its first international school in Azerbaijan, and its success there proved vital to expansion across elsewhere; in June, however, the Azerbaijani government moved to close down all Gülen-affiliated schools in the country. This report summarizes a qualitative study of the effectiveness of the Gülen movement’s educational philosophy and methodology

Fethullah Gulen – a humanist par excellence

LAHORE, Nov 21, 2012: Hizmet Movement was launched in Turkey with the aim of serving individual, society and religion as had been the teaching of Fethullah Gulen. This was consensus among speakers at an international conference on “Ideal human and ideal society in the thoughts of M Fethullah Gulen,” arranged at the Punjab University Law […]

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

Istanbul police display hundreds of books among evidence of ‘terror’

Report: White House denies remarks attributed to Obama about Gülen

AK Party’s social media instructions to ministries raise questions of legality

Erdogan’s Journey – Conservatism and Authoritarianism in Turkey

Extraditing Gulen and other dark conspiracies

Ethio-Turkish businesswomen to strengthen business ties

How hateful discourse manipulates our perception

Copyright 2022 Hizmet News