Turkey’s Armenian Schools To Get Free Books from Government

ISTANBUL (Hurriyet)—The Turkish Ministry of Education has prepared mathematics and introduction to science textbooks in Armenian to be distributed free of charge to 18 Armenian schools, reported the Turkish NTV channel, citing daily Aksam.

The decision was made after a letter sent to Education Minister Nimet Cubukcu by a Turkish-Armenian teacher requesting distribution of free textbooks to Armenian schools. The request was granted as the ministry initiated an unprecedented project for the 2011-2012 school year and assigned the Instruction and Education Institution to translate the textbooks into Armenian in line with the ministry’s curriculum. According to the ministry, the head masters of some Armenian schools were invited to Ankara for collaboration.

According to the final regulation, the mathematics and introduction to science textbooks for first, second and third grades and three supplementary exercise books for each will be translated into Armenian and 2,000 copies will be made.  In total, 24,000 books will be published for Armenian schools.

The Ministry of Education used to distribute free Turkish culture textbooks to these schools. Eva Orakyan, the head master of Private Pangalti Armenian Primary School, evaluated the project as an improvement. Stating that there had been no demand for a similar project for high schools, Orakyan promised collaboration if such a demand occurred. There are 24 Armenian schools in Turkey, 18 of them in Istanbul.

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