DS: What are your mid-term goals? In how many countries do you aim to open schools within five years?
Our mid-term goals include becoming a reputable brand in education, as I have expressed before. This might take time, but we aim to be active all around the world within five years. We want to create educational mechanisms that represent a Turkish vision and promote the Turkish language. Moreover, we want to improve relations with prominent universities abroad. We also have to work on Turkish Studies programs becoming more spread. Currently, we are in cooperation with institutions like the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TİKA), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Yunus Emre Foundation to achieve these goals. The main aim is to open Turkish Studies programs especially in universities in G20 countries and other strategically crucial countries, along with signing mutual agreements.
We also want academics who conduct their academic research through these institutions. We want to have a healthy flow of information through academics that directly monitor local media channels during events like the July 15 coup attempt. In the midterm, we want to open Turkish Studies programs in at least 10 countries, which will teach Turkish politics, art, literature and language.
DS: What kind of strategies will you employ against the countries that do not transfer or close down FETÖ schools?
From now on, they will not be able to brand themselves as Turkish schools. The schools that were not transferred are being sold to international corporations or local entrepreneurs. If there is a need to open an educational institution in the name of Turkey, we may create our own alternatives. For instance, the schools in Bosnia and Herzegovina were sold to a corporation based in the US. As the institution is no longer a Turkish brand, Turkish citizens living there demanding an alternative. To satisfy this demand, we are opening our own schools. We have started these initiatives in other countries as well. There are certain countries especially in Europe where significant Turkish populations live. We will not be able to satisfy all the educational needs of our citizens there; however, we will support programs reinforcing Turkish culture and identity and teaching the Turkish language. These are demands from our Turkish citizens living abroad.
DS: From how many countries have you received these demands?
I'm not sure about the exact number, as there are individual demands from our citizens there. Sometimes they write petitions addressed to our embassies. Recently, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs sent us a report that stated that our citizens abroad were demanding the opening of schools, courses or centers. For instance, we have recently opened three schools in Syria, as there was a need for education in regions that are now secure. This need is partially sated by local actors and NGOs; however, we wanted to contribute and opened three schools in Jarablus in an initiative by the Prime Ministry. There are more than 3,000 children being educated in these schools. Thus, we have transformed into a foundation that provides extensive education.
DS: Lastly, what do you aim to achieve by the end of 2017?
We want to ease the burden on the political will that established this foundation and to satisfy the demands of the institutions that want to transfer schools to Turkey. On the international level, we want to accomplish the transfer of FETÖ schools as a part of the fight against the terrorist organization without harming relations with other countries. Moreover, we will establish institutions in Europe that will at least satisfy the most basic needs of our citizens there.
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