The managers and teachers of the 33 female student dormitories opened up within the scope of the “Daddy, Send Me to School” campaign received 1-week training in November 17-21, 2014 in İstanbul.
Every year, dormitory managers receive training in İstanbul within the scope of the “Daddy, Send Me to School” (BBOG) campaign, introduced in 2005, which has been carried out successfully to date, with the sixth training program taking place in Maltepe Dream Hill Hotel. Managers, assistant managers and instructors of the female student dormitories participated in various training sessions regarding the “Dormitory Management Seminar”. The training sessions were introduced within the scope of the protocol co-signed by the Ministry of National Education’s Head Office of Human Resources, and commenced with the participation of Muammer Yıldız, the Director of National Education for the City of İstanbul.
Our Wish is to increase the quality of education in Turkey with the contribution of the BBOG dormitories
Candan Fetvacı, the Aydın Doğan Foundation’s Chairperson of the Executive Council states that 33 dormitories have been built within the scope of the campaign, adding that, “We had five of these dormitories built as the Aydın Doğan Foundation. Our wish is to increase the quality of education in Turkey together, along with the quality of education in these dorms. As a matter of fact, many problems have been solved to date. When I look back to 10 years ago, I remember how few female students went to high school at the time these dormitories were being built. That is why we have always been discussing the importance of these dorms. We were therefore excited at each of the groundbreaking ceremonies. Today, some of those dormitories already require renovation. Another benefit of all these efforts is that we can now talk not only about the construction of these dorms, but moreover, of the quality of the education provided at the schools. I believe that as long as we stay together, and as long as the civil society, the public, you and everyone else works together, we can carry Turkey into better days and raise our children further.”
The Aydın Doğan Foundation is doing a marvelous job
Muammer Yıldız, the Director of National Education for the City of İstanbul began his speech by saying, “the Aydın Doğan Foundation is being highly charitable and doing a marvelous job, adding that:
“The Aydın Doğan Foundation’s and that of the Ministry of National Education contributes to the entire educational sphere on every possible level required by the education community, investing great effort in doing so. They are doing a truly marvelous job. If I tried to make a list of all the work they are doing, I am sure to leave something out. However, when it comes to physical infrastructure and the need for classrooms and schools, whenever we say ‘Schools are popping up like daisies throughout Turkey’ and wherever we say ‘we are in need’, whether it be a contribution or heartfelt effort, they come running.
Yıldız stated that many schools in İstanbul were included in the project and that the Aydın Doğan Foundation’s efforts and support in the face of the problems they had encountered were priceless.
We care about our teachers because we want to serve
Yıldız talked about innovations in the field of education and emphasized the importance of the human factor, adding, “Management is much like guard duty. However, it is the teaching itself that is essential. As the ministry, we care about our teachers because we want to serve. The work that is being carried out is crucial to us. Our President has put great effort into sending girls to school. We need to truly see and appreciate that, because a trail has been blazed. The ‘Come on Girls, to School’ campaign was a call from the public. What was more important than that was the fact that our non-governmental organizations looked after the campaign. So, the ‘Daddy, Send Me to School’ campaign went hand in hand with our ‘Come on Girls, To School’ campaign carrying it forward. In this respect, we consider these campaigns the most important pillars of our projects. The fact that the Aydın Doğan Foundation has undertaken this project in the current term and has been continuing it through significant financial contributions is an important hint as to its sustainability.”
Seventy-two educators participated in the seminar organized, including managers, assistant managers and teachers working at the female dormitories in the cities of Ağrı, Osmaniye, Siirt, Muş, Kars, Mardin, Tokat, Iğdır, Denizli, Nevşehir, Gümüşhane, Erzurum, Yalova, Tekirdağ, Muğla, Kahramanmaraş, Artvin and Van. Academicians from Bahçeşehir University’s Educational Sciences department prepared and presented the content of the training specifically for the dormitory managements. The teachers participating in the training also took the opportunity to visit the historical and touristic sights of İstanbul. The training ended with a certification ceremony on November 21st and the teachers returned to resume their work in their respective schools.