Annually celebrated with enthusiasm and excitement by millions of children across Turkey, April 23 Children’s Festival is the world’s first official children festival. This day was gifted to children by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the modern Republic of Turkey, in commemoration of the opening of the first Turkish Grand National Assembly on April 23, 1920 in Ankara. April 23 National Sovereignty and Children’s Day marks a profoundly special day in the history of the modern Turkey and has been celebrated as the Children’s Festival for the fact that today’s children are the future leaders of a country.

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The world was focused on Turkey, especially on the EU presidents’ meeting with Erdogan. The world now discusses the incident occurred when the European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen was not given a chair in a billion-dollar extravagant palace full of gilded seats despite the fact she was an indispensable part of an official EU delegation. No doubt, she and her colleagues must have been irked by this diplomatically- unethical and inappropriate treatment meted out especially to a woman during that much-anticipated meeting.

No different than myself, many people from different walks of life have criticized the European Council…


It is really difficult to write a weekly column on Turkey. In most countries, columnists write about a popular issue of an important week. That is pretty ordinary in states where democratic and social institutions are functional. Unfortunately, for the last couple of years, this has not been the case in Turkey. Every day, something more critical hits and scours the scene. During any seven-day week, months-heavy agenda occupies the national headlines and discussion circles, upsetting the existing crucial state of affairs closer to an abyss.

Let’s see what happened in Turkey last week, particularly.

On Monday, Erdogan appealed resolutely…


Engin Yiğit, an educator who had also worked as an administrator in the PakTurk Schools, wrote about the repercussions of the schools’ achievements on the public opinion. Yiğit also shared the opinions of several Pakistani parents about teachers and schools.

In terms of demographics, PakTurk Islamabad Girls High School was one of our schools with students from different sociocultural circles. The parents, including the state officials, showed great interest in the school. Among our parents was an opposition member of the National Assembly of Pakistan, who would later become a state minister when his party rose to power in the…


PakTürk Okulları’nda idarecilik de yapan eğitimci Engin Yiğit, okul başarılarının kamuoyundaki yansımalarını yazdı. Bazı Pakistanlı velilerin öğretmen ve okullar hakkındaki düşüncelerini aktardı.

PakTürk İslamabad Kız Lisesi, demografik yapısı itibarıyla farklı kültür çevrelerinden gelen öğrencilerin olduğu okullarımızdan biriydi. Aralarında devlet erkanının da bulunduğu velilerimiz okula yoğun ilgi gösteriyordu. Velilerimiz arasında, daha sonra iktidar partisinin bir bakanı da olacak, muhalefet partisinden bir milletvekili vardı. Bu beyefendi sıklıkla okulumuzu ziyaret eder ve programlarımıza katılırdı.

Çocuklarının okulumuzda aldığı eğitimden takdirle bahseden ve öğretmenlerin gösterdiği özveriden ötürü her fırsatta memnuniyetini ve şükranlarını ifade eden bu siyasetçi, sıkıntılı günlerimizden birinde okulumuzu ziyarete geldi. PakTürk Okulları’na yönelik…


In Turkey, everything loses its value on every passing day under the Erdogan regime. Legislative, executive and judiciary branches of governance are extremely eroded and abandoned to self-destruct. With the critical dysfunction of the separation of powers, things fall apart. What has been happening in Turkey recently obviously shows how the country suffers greatly from the bad governance of the incumbent Erdogan regime.

In addition to all this, Erdogan and his regime have started to occupy the agenda and the political spheres in other countries. Germany’s Merkel is one of the strongest leaders of the world and even though she…


The Gulen Movement is a transnational civil movement with forte in education and prominence in social, cultural, business, intercultural and inter-religious dialogue, media, charity and humanitarian services worldwide. All the activities conducted by the Movement involve making sustainable and substantial contributions to the peace worldwide. There are quite a few civic movements that operate in most parts of the world regardless of the people’s color, faith and ethnicity. The Gulen Movement is one of them.

Cem Karaca was a prominent Turkish rock musician. During 1990s, he met with Mr. Fethullah Gulen several times. When he was once asked about his…


Turkey and Greece relations are almost always tense and diplomatically sour. The two countries have had a historical and cultural connection since the time immemorial, while the Turks and the Greeks coexisted for 363 years under the Ottoman rule. Both countries have been amalgamated in socio-cultural characteristics spanning over a geography known as the cradle of civilizations.

These similarities are not only limited to food, music, and lifestyles. Most importantly; hospitality, tolerance, and dialogue which are seen as distinctive features of Anatolia are also important characteristics of the Greeks as well. Sadly, Turkey and Greece share another common historical aspect…


Erdogan’s long arms are everywhere and is threatening all dissidents no matter if they live out of Turkey or not. When I was working as an educationalist in Pakistan, Erdogan coerced the Government of Pakistan in November 2016 to seize a network of private schools where Turkish teachers sympathetic with the Hizmet Movement worked and deport the Turkish educators within three days as he was also on an official visit to the same country. …


Diyanet, the Turkish Directorate of Religious Affairs under the auspices of the Office of the President, is currently one of the most indispensable and lucrative institutions under the disposal of the Erdogan government. Although it is not a ministry, Diyanet’s budget surpasses many government ministries including the Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Ministry of National Education, Ministry of Industry and Technology, and some others. Everyone wonders why a huge chunk from the state coffers have been allotted to the Diyanet and whether all expenses made by the Directorate are made by the book.

The topic of Diyanet…

Engin Yigit

Educator, Author and Activist

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