Keyword: Europe

Schools Founded by Volunteers to Light the Way for the German Educational System

German journalist and author, Dr. Jochen Thies, stated that it saddens him to see that the public is not aware of the self-sacrifice, perseverance and quality that he has observed in the schools in Germany that have been founded by Hizmet volunteers. Noting that in five years these schools will be serving as guiding beacons […]

State government in Baden Wurttemberg in constructive dialogue with Hizmet volunteers

The nine-item inquiry proposed by five CDU (Christian Democratic Union) deputies to Baden Wurttemberg State Assembly has been responded by Ministry of Integration in cooperation with Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Office of the Prime Minister Undersecretary and Ministry of Education. Through the answers, the public, once again, has been affirmed that the Turkish-initiated schools have […]

Beacons of hope in Germany

DR. JOCHEN THIES Driven by a sense that German state schools are failing them, many migrant communities are founding their own A gray morning in January in the sleepy suburbs of Stuttgart. But in one part of the district of Bad Cannstatt, there are sudden signs of life: hundreds of people walking in the same […]

As I researched the Gulen schools in Germany, I experienced beyond what I had expected

Dr. Jochen Thies’ new book focuses on Gulen-inspired Schools in Germany. Dr. Jochen Thies introduced the book he wrote about the schools opened in Germany by Turkish entrepreneurs: “We Are a Part of This Society-A Look at the Education Initiatives of the Gulen Movement”. Dr. Gunther Mulack, Director of the German Orient Institute, who was also […]

Dusseldorf drawn to the call “Come, whoever you are”

Calling out “Come, whoever you are”, Turkish Festival by Rumi Forum am Rhein drew tens of thousands of people from Turkish, German and many more nations on April 19-21. The board president of Rumi Forum Fatih Yilmaz expressed their pleasure with the large interest towards the festival marking its 2nd anniversary, revealing that they intend to establish it as an annual tradition.

Lamb-hunt in the Netherlands

“Once, a wolf drinking water from the river notices a lamb by the water and runs towards him. He is planning to eat up the lamb. But to block any likely help and to shift the blame onto the lamb by psychological pressure and thus eat it up comfortably, the wolf says, “Why did you […]

Unproven speculations and legitimate questions

Joost Lagendijk* Last week I was able to witness through first-hand experience how difficult it is to explain the Gulen movement outside of Turkey and how easy it is to manipulate public opinion on this issue. It seems the launch of Zaman Vandaag (Today’s Zaman) in the Netherlands last Tuesday triggered several critics to present […]

Uplifting Orphans in Moldova

TIKA (Turkish International Cooperation and Development Agency) in cooperation with Moldovan-Turkish Businessmen Association, Moldova Horizon Turkish Schools and Turkish Airlines donated clothing to 700 Moldovan orphans. The students of Orphan School-3 in the capital greeted their guests with the traditional bread and salt welcome ceremony. Ambassador of Turkey to Chisinau Mehmet Selim Kartal and his […]

Turkish Olympiad Finals add a festive air to Kiev

On March 30, a feast of Turkish language was enjoyed in Kiev, at Ukraine finals of Turkish Language Olympiads to mark its 11th year. The award ceremony of the finals, for which 204 finalist students out of approximately 2,500 qualified, took place at the centrally located Ukraine House in Kiev. In attendance of the final […]

Parliament Speaker Cicek visits Turkish School in Kiev

Turkish Parliament Speaker Cemil Cicek, in Ukrainian capital Kiev for official contacts, visited Meridian International School founded by Turkish entrepreneurs on April 4, 2013. Accompanied by his wife Gulten Cicek and a delegation of deputies, Cicek was greeted with the Slavic traditional bread and salt welcome ceremony by students from nine different nations. The students […]

Turkish PM’s wife praises devotion of Prague school’s teachers

TAYFUN GIRGIN, PRAGUE Emine Erdoğan, the wife of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has praised the teachers of a school opened in the Czech capital of Prague by Turkish entrepreneurs. Erdoğan accompanied her husband during his official visit to the Czech Republic, where she paid a visit to the Meridian International School with the spouses […]

Turkish Review launched in UK with ceremony at House of Lords

BÜŞRA MUTLU, LONDON The launching ceremony for the Turkish Review magazine in the UK was held last week at a seminar titled “Turkey and the Arab Awakening: Do the Arabs need Turkey as a role model?” at the UK House of Lords. The seminar was chaired by Lord Alderdice, who is the convener of the […]

Romanian Minister of Education gives Turkish Schools Teachers a Standing Ovation

In Romania students and teachers that ranked highly at the 2011-2012 international Olympiads were awarded during an official ceremony attended by Prime Minister Victor Ponta and Minister of Education, Ecaterina Andronescu. Out of the 138 award-winning students, 44 were from the Turkish school in Romania, Lumina Educational Institutions. After the Lumina students won one-third of […]

Italian professor: Fethullah Gulen is a true lover of the Prophet

Professor Francesco Zannini, a prominent figure in the field of Islamic Studies in Italy, described Fethullah Gulen as a true “lover of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).” At a conference held at Torino University about Fethullah Gulen and the Gulen movement (aka Hizmet movement), Dr. Zannini explained he saw that preserving religious values did not require […]

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