Turks Taught Us How to Invest In Education, says Congolese Minister

Congo Minister of Education Mr. Maker Mwangu Famba
Congo Minister of Education Mr. Maker Mwangu Famba


Date posted: February 1, 2013

Cihan News Agency

In his remarks at the opening ceremony of Shafak International Turkish Schools’ new campus sponsored by businesspeople from Adana province of Turkey, Republic of Congo Minister of Education Mr. Maker Mwangu Famba expressed his admiration of high quality education offered at the schools. “They have accomplished what our President points us in education. Turks taught us how to invest in education.” said the Minister.

congo-turkish-school-2

In attendance of the event held in the school’s yard were approximately 50 businessmen and bureaucrats from Turkey. Shafak Schools General Manager Ibrahim Tatar greeted each guest in person at the reception and delivered the welcoming speech. Following Tatar, the Minister Maker Mwangu Famba took the stage for his speech that he started with the statement: “No peace without bread and vice-versa.” Referring to his first visit in 2010 in company with Turkish President Abdullah Gul when the school was still under construction, the Minister said: “I am delighted to be also present in the inauguration, of now completed and well-equipped school that will offer a high quality education. Shafak Schools have realized the very same vision that we are encouraged by our President Joseph Kabila. Education should be the leading factor on our nation’s path to advancement. It is the primary concern of a nation. With this regard, Shafak Schools set a model as well. Exemplary Turkish entrepreneurs, above all, showed us how to invest in education sparing no expense. I would like thank those businessmen from Adana for honoring us with their presence.”

congo-turkish-school-1

Turkey’s president Abdullah Gul during his visit to Shafak School in 2010

Adana –Kinshasa Sister Cities Proposal

Adana Metropolitan Municipality Deputy Mayor Zihni Aldirmaz said that they will initiate the proceedings to pair Adana and Kinshasa as sister cities. Aldirmaz stated that they were witnessing a magnificent moment to be proud of and continued: “I would like to thank Fethullah Gulen- whose heart is, I believe, with us- for pioneering this radiant way. I would like to thank also to our President Abdullah Gul who gave full support to help the school launch as soon as possible and my fellow townsmen entrepreneurs from Adana and the President of Republic of Congo. And finally, to other leading cavaliers dedicated to establish these schools around the world only a few of whom I have been privileged to meet here.”

“I feel so proud”

The Mayor of Yuregir, Adana, Mahmut Celikcan noted that he felt so proud to see such an institution operating with the contributions of Adana businessmen. “We are greatly happy to see the Turkish flag waving in the heart of Africa. Moreover, it is a source of pride to have our fellow people here who are devotedly carrying out their duties.” said the Mayor.

Following the remarks, Congolese students in traditional attire sang both in Turkish and the local languages. Giresun, Turkey, folk dance performance was highly appreciated by the attendees as well. The State of Kinshasa Ministry of Education official Theresa Olenga was presented a plaque by Adana Deputy Mayor Zihni Aldirmaz later in the ceremony. Afterwards, the school was toured following ribbon cutting.

Shafak Schools General Manager Ibrahim Tatar expressed his gratitude to Aldirmaz for equipping the school’s computer lab. In addition to the mayors from Adana, some other esteemed names including the state Kasai Governor Ngoy Kasanji, ANSIFED (Confederation of Anatolian Industrialists and Businessmen) Board President Ahmet Coskun, Anatolian Entrepreneurial Businessmen’s Association President Seyfettin Alpat, and Congolese Consul General in Ankara Marcel Mulumba Tsihidimba attended the opening ceremony.

Shafak Schools’ Achievements

Shafak Schools won gold and silver medal in 2009 and 2010 Turkish Language Olympiads and 2011 International Science Olympiad in Tanzania, respectively. The schools host students from multiple nations and offer language classes in 4 different languages including Turkish. The school ranked first among French, American and many other private schools operating in Congo in “most beautiful and cleanest school” contest supported by President Joseph Kabila.

Source: [in Turkish] HaberYurdum.com, 23 January 2013. English translation is retrieved from Hizmetmovement.COM

 


Related News

Liberia: ‘Go Beyond Secondary Education’- VP Urges Liberia’s Turkish Light International School

Liberia’s Vice President Joseph Nyumah Boakai has urged the administration of the Liberian Turkish Light International School to improve the quality of education beyond the secondary level in the country.

PM Erdoğan’s arguments on prep schools contradict statistics, facts

PM Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said during a live TV interview on Wednesday night that his ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) will not back down from its decision to close prep schools and listed his government’s arguments, many of which contradict official data, statistics and results of surveys carried out on the issue. According to surveys, 85 percent of the families who send their children to prep schools are low-income families.

Iftar at Afghan-Turkish Schools

Turkish schools in Afghanistan, which are running 32 institutions in 6 providences with 7,000 students, brought Afghan people and Turkish people together with an iftar dinner that they organized.

Yes, Love Is a Verb!

Because of his [Fethullah Gulen] influence…at risk children are now being educated in hundreds of countries…The sick are being treated…..and the starving are fed….often at great personal risk..

Principal of Gülen-linked school, businessman abducted in Malaysia

Turgay Karaman, the principal of Time International School in Ipoh, Malaysia, and Turkish businessman İhsan Aslan, were abducted by unidentified persons in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday.

Ambassadors back Gulen schools in Asia

Kemal Ilter, Ankara Turkey’s ambassadors in Central Asia and the Caucasus have written a report in which they state that Fethullah Gulen’s schools in those countries, had been playing a positive role in Turkey’s relations with those governments. In order to give a new impetus to Turkey’s relations with Central Asian and Caucasian countries the […]

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

Why does Fethullah Gülen matter to the world?

Kimse Yok Mu offers much-needed help in Gaza

The Hizmet Community

Today’s Zaman Editor-in-Chief Bülent Keneş released pending trial

Film “Love is a Verb” portraying Hizmet Movement met with audience in NY

Canadian rights advocate says Turkey’s post-coup crackdown amounts to genocide

Philanthropy key to peacebuilding and settlement of conflicts

Copyright 2022 Hizmet News