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Gulen Movement launches new Turkish School in Chad, Africa and many more Turkish business to extract resources out of Africa
A new school building has been launched under the umbrella of Chad-Turkish Educational Institutions active in the central African country Chad, saved from the brink of revolution in early May. In attendance of the grand opening of the school founded by the deceased philanthropist Ahmet Guner from Duzce (a province in Turkey) in the capital N'Djamena were Chad's prime minister Joseph Djimrangar, minister of education Abdelkerim Seid Bauche, Turkey's ambassador to Chad Ahmet Kavas, the founder Guner's son Murat Guner and a crowded group of guests.
PM Dadnadji arrived at the school launched in a critical period, which witnessed a revolution attempt foiled by the state, under high security measures. Chad police department took extensive security measures in the area surrounding the ceremony venue.
Following the national anthems of both countries, the president of International Chad Educational Institutions Huseyin Serce noted that their educational initiatives kicked off with only 17 students in 2001 have been continuously growing ever since and added all they seek is to offer a higher quality education to Chad.
Murat Gungor, on the other hand, recalling his father couldn't live up to see the school's opening said they, as children of Ahmet Guner, will definitely continue the services handed down to them.Next, Turkish Ambassador Ahmet Kavas noted these educational activities are investments for future bilateral relations. The minister of education Abdelkerim Seid Bauche alike said bilateral relations in the future will be shaped by today's ongoing efforts performed in education. He further said Chad-Turkish schools function as bridges between the two countries and they greatly appreciates the schools' activities.
Following the remarks, PM Dadnadji cut the ribbon of the building with 430-student capacity. The construction launched in 2011 cost approximately 3 million dollar. As the most modern education institution in Chad, the school comprises library and language classrooms alongside the computer and science labs. Dominated by local teachers, the academic staff offers Arabic, French, Turkish and English courses. The poem performance by a little Chad student and the local guests in their traditional clothes added color to the ceremony.
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Managers of Gaziantep based Caliskan Group and South Africa based Sumo Coal, brothers Israfil and Semsettin Caliskan, have constructed a 500-student capacity school in Pretoria, the managerial capital of South Africa. The inauguration of Star College was performed by the minister of education of Gauteng province, Barbara Creecy, in an opening ceremony hosted by a former Fenerbahce midfielder Johan Moshoe.
The ceremony started by Moshoe with Turkish jokes. Moshoe, who is currently the coach of Star College soccer team, talked about his love of Turkey, where he spent his 11 years. Students sang Turkish songs and dance show of little ones received great applause from the audience.
Besides the minister of education Greecy, congressmen, Turkish ambassador of Pretoria Kaan Esenler, ambassadors of Azerbaijan, Georgia, Zambia, Ukraine to South Africa, diplomats, politicians and Turkish businessmen attended the ceremony.
After offering his gratitude to Turkish investors for donating a large education complex to the capital, Mosheo invited Fatih Caliskan who was representing his father Israfil Caliskan, and Semsettin Caliskan to the stage. Greecy presented Caliskan brothers with a plaque of appreciation, and said: First of all, I would like to thank you very much for gifting us with this magnificent building. I would like to thank Ufuk [Horizon] Education Foundation who has opened 8 education centers in South Africa. The school that we are inaugurating now will be a flagship of others. But I hope that it will not be the last one and you will open more schools. Turkish schools do not only provide students with just an academic education they also prepare students for the society by not neglecting important aspects of education such as sports, personal development, family and adaptation to social life, and universal code of ethics. Turkish schools successfully educate out kids on topics of great importance to us such as math, science, and technology. In this respect, they serve as a model for education in South Africa. We have sent a delegation to Turkey to study your method of education.
Following the opening ceremony, the guests were served with delicacies from Turkish cuisine.
Source: Cihan, 20 April 2013
Disclaimer: The original article is in Turkish. Slight deviations from the original meaning may have occurred due to the difficulties in translating phrases and idioms. PII volunteers translated the article.
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Turkish News Magazine Yeni Aktuel's 2005 Tally
of Gulen Schools outside Turkey
of Gulen Schools outside Turkey
Footnote: This list is already over 7 years old and the Gulen Schools have increased in number AND CONTROVERSY.
In 2005, prominent Turkish news magazine Yeni Aktuel published an article (in Turkish) entitled "Gulen's Educational Empire." It can be viewed at the Haber10 website. In this article, a tally is given of Gulen schools outside of Turkey. The schools are not named, but their number is listed by country. A translation of this list is given below.
Note that a number of Gulen charter schools were already in operation in the U.S. in 2005 (see the Perimeter Primate blogger's timeline), but are not counted in this list. It is unclear whether Yeni Aktuel simply did not know of their existence, or if their omission was a "courtesy" to the Gulen Movement.
It is often said that the Gulen schools in Russia were closed, but the mention on this list of 6 schools in the Russian Federation is consistent with our observations that Gulen schools are in operation in that country. The closure was temporary, as confirmed in the doctoral dissertation of Mustafa Gokhan Sahin (Florida International University, 2010).
The mention of one school in Uzbekistan is also noteworthy. The Department of State's religious freedom article on Uzbekistan (accessed Dec 2012) says that all "Turkish schools" (referring to Gulen schools) were closed in 1999. Several other sources refer to this closure; Radio Free Europe/ Radio Liberty wrote that "In 1999, Tashkent closed all Turkish lyceums after its relationship with Ankara turned sour." However, a Today's Zaman article of Jan 19, 2011 reports the closure of the Tashkent Ulugbek International School. Most likely this is the one school referred to in Yeni Aktuel's list.
There has been substantial expansion of the international school network since 2005.
Canada: Language class.
Mexico: 1 school and cultural center.
U.S.: 5 private schools, more than 50 cultural centers.
Argentina: 1 cultural center.
Bolivia: 1 cultural center.
Brazil: 1 cultural center.
Chile: 1 cultural center.
Colombia: 1 cultural center.
Azerbaijan: 12 schools.
Georgia: 3 schools.
Russian Federation: 6 schools.
Ukraine: 2 schools.
Moldova: 2 schools.
Lithuania: 1 cultural center.
Latvia: 1 cultural center.
Estonia: 1 cultural center.
Romania: 4 schools.
Bulgaria: 3 schools.
Macedonia: 4 schools.
Albania: 4 schools.
Bosnia and Herzegovina: 2 schools.
Hungary: 1 language school, 1 cultural center.
Slovakia: 1 cultural center.
Czech Republic: 1 cultural center.
Poland: 1 cultural center.
Germany: 3 schools, language schools and cultural centers.
Austria: 1 language school.
Italy: 1 cultural center.
Switzerland: Student dormitory and cultural center.
Netherlands: Student dormitory and cultural center.
Belgium: Student dormitory, language school and cultural center.
France: Cultural center and language courses.
Denmark: language class and cultural center.
Belarus: 1 language school.
Norway: language class and cultural center.
Sweden: language class and cultural center.
Finland: 1 "college" (=college-preparatory high school), language class and cultural center.
UK: Student dormitory, language school cultural center.
Portugal: 1 cultural center.
Spain: Cultural center and language class.
Morocco: 4 schools.
Algeria: Language school.
Egypt: Language school and student dormitories.
Mauritania: 1 school.
Mali: 1 school.
Niger: 1 school.
Chad: 1 school.
Sudan: 2 schools.
Ethiopia: 1 school.
Senegal: 1 school.
Gambia: 1 school.
Guinea-Bissau: 1 school.
Guinea: 1 school.
Burkina Faso: 1 school.
Ghana: 1 school.
Togo: 1 school.
Nigeria: 4 schools, cultural center.
Cameroon: 1 school.
Central African Republic: 1 school.
Congo: 1 school.
Uganda: 1 school.
Kenya: 4 schools.
Tanzania: Education complex (Including outpatient clinic, sports halls, primary school and high school).
Malawi: 1 school.
Mozambique: 1 school.
Madagascar: 1 school, 1 cultural center.
South Africa: 4 schools.
Kazakhstan: 29 schools.
Tajikistan: 13 schools.
Kyrgyzstan: 12 schools.
Turkmenistan: 20 schools.
Uzbekistan: 1 school.
Afghanistan: 4 schools.
Pakistan: 6 schools, 1 cultural center.
India: 3 schools, 1 language class.
Nepal: 1 school.
Bangladesh: 4 schools.
Mongolia: 4 schools.
Japan: 1 school, 5 language schools, cultural centers.
South Korea: 1 cultural center.
Malaysia: 1 school.
Vietnam: 1 school.
Cambodia: 2 schools.
Burma: 2 schools.
Thailand: 3 schools.
Iraq: 4 "colleges" (=college-preparatory high schools).
Israel: cultural center.
Yemen: 1 school.
Australia: 7 schools.
Indonesia: 4 schools.
Philippines: 4 schools.