Turkish school declared most successful in Denmark

A Turkish school in Denmark has been ranked the most successful school in the country. (Photo: Cihan)
A Turkish school in Denmark has been ranked the most successful school in the country. (Photo: Cihan)


Date posted: August 12, 2015

A Turkish school founded by educators inspired by the teachings of Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen has been ranked as Denmark’s most successful school, in research conducted by one of the country’s most prominent think tanks.

Hay Skolen, a private school established in 1993 by Turkish educational philanthropists, has been declared the top school in Denmark in a report on effective education published this week by the Danish Center for Political Studies (CEPOS).

As the 2015-2016 academic term began in Denmark last Monday, approximately 720,000 students headed for school, while parents poured over the CEPOS report, published once every four years, which ranks schools based on criteria ranging from the socio-economic conditions of parents to the efficiency of educational methods.

The data for the 1,382 Danish schools included in the report was provided by the Danish Ministry of Education. Hay Skolen took the lead with 1.5 points, significantly outscoring the schools ranked second and third, both of which were given 1.1 points, while hundreds of schools on the list were ranked with points less than zero.

Danish media took an interest in the success of the Turkish school with many reporters interviewing Hay Skolen’s administrators and teachers. The turkey-based Cihan news agency also spoke with Hay Skolen’s principal, Mustafa Kolukısa. In a report published by Cihan on Tuesday, Kolukısa said: “We are very proud. We can see our hard work was not in vain. Our self-sacrificing teachers and caring parents have a huge share in this success.”

Despite Erdoğan’s efforts to shut down Gülen-inspired schools, success and prestige are upheld

In recent years, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has waged a war against the Gülen movement — also known as the Hizmet movement — and has pressed for the closure of Turkish schools around the world that endeavor to offer noteworthy education and promote interfaith dialog.

Erdoğan’s castigation of the Gülen movement began in December 2013 when a series of investigations implicating him and his inner circle in acts of corruption were made public. After wiretappings that allegedly revealed ministers accepting bribes were leaked on social media, Erdoğan denounced sympathizers of the Gülen movement, who he claims were behind the investigations, and declared the movement a treasonous enemy.

Most recently, in May, Erdoğan campaigned for the closure of these schools in Albania, though Albanian President Bujar Nishani strongly criticized this demand. Despite Erdoğan’s efforts, the schools’ success and prestige have been maintained and commended by notables, including heads of state, in the countries where they operate.

US President Barack Obama has hosted students from Turkish schools operating in the US several times, congratulating them for their success in many endeavors, including project competitions. Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen also received students from a Turkish high school in his country, after they won several medals in a science olympiad. In addition, Central African Republic (CAR) interim President Catherine Samba-Panza told school administrators during a meeting in April 2015, “You are our true friends.”

Source: Today's Zaman , August 12, 2015


Related News

Opposing the majority

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said his ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) will not back down from its decision to close prep schools, despite ongoing discussion on the matter and deepening polarization over the government’s move. Only 21 percent of people polled support the government’s move, according to a survey conducted by Mak Danışmanlık (Mak Consultancy).

Nigeria wants more Turkish schools to increase quality of education

Dr. Mac-John Nwaobiala, the permanent secretary of the Nigeria Federal Ministry of Education, said on Sunday more Turkish schools must be opened in Nigeria to increase the quality of education.

Somalia: Somaliland rules out closure of Gulen-linked school

Somaliland administration in northwestern Somalia has refused to follow in the footsteps of the federal government that suspended a school with links to reclusive Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen following a failed coup attempt in Turkey, Garowe Online reports.

KCK, Gülen, AKP: shifting alliances?

MUSTAFA GÜRBÜZ Regarding the heated prep school debate, Justice and Development Party (AKP) Ardahan Deputy Orhan Atalay explicitly spelled out the AKP- Gülen tension: “Just as the KCK [the Kurdistan Communities Union, an umbrella organization that contains the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK)] is a parallel structure within the state; prep schools have become the same […]

Northern Iraqis cheer as Turkish schools donate meat

Underlining the importance of giving during the Festival of Sacrifice (Eid al-Adha), Turkish Schools in conjunction with the Fezalar Educational Services that operates in Northern Iraq, have distributed meat to 10 thousand families in need.

Liberian Turkish Light International School Organizes Math Competition

In an effort to promote students’ enthusiasm for mathematics and the sciences, the Liberian Turkish Light International School has launched a math competition for nearly 200 students in 150 elementary schools in Monrovia. Mr. Huseyin Fatih BABA, principal of the Liberian- Turkish school told reporters that the program was his institution’s contribution to building the educational system of Liberia.

Latest News

Turkish Food Festival seeks to teach Greenville about Turkey’s culture and cuisine

Chestnut Retreat Center offers a look inside their Saylorsburg facility and its mission

Erdoğan’s overarching purge is not a road accident

Is Gulen the scapegoat of Ankara crisis?

Post-coup purge in Turkey leaves children parentless after mother and father are put behind bars

Turkey’s post-coup purge and persecution makes no exception for children

Fethullah Gülen’s Message of Condolences for the Beirut Explosion

Turkish Cultural Center Hosts Food Drive

Hizmet movement demonized by Erdogan regime but loved abroad

In Case You Missed It

1,500 pounds of frozen meat for needy Staten Island families

Skies shudder at an orphan’s tear

TURKISH FOUNDATION HIT IN ARSON GETS POLICE PROTECTION; 2ND GROUP VICTIMIZED

Businessmen voice frustration over smear campaign against Hizmet

Turkey’s New Maps Are Reclaiming the Ottoman Empire

The aftermath of the failed Turkey coup: Torture, beatings and rape

Turkish woman returned to prison with newborn 4 days after birth

Copyright 2020 Hizmet News