Signing off on a historical decision, Turkey's National Education Ministry has granted permission for the reopening of the Private Gökçeada Greek Primary School (Özel Gökçeada Rum İlkokulu), located on Çanakkale's Gökçeada (Imbros) island; 49 years after it was shut down. Minority community representatives are qualifying the decision as being the most substantial and clear-cut political ruling for the community that has happened in the past 50 years. National Education Minister Nabi Avcı says they are now evaluating all applications received to reopen or close down minority schools throughout the nation.
Over the past year, the Ministry of National Education has been working on evaluating applications made regarding the reinstating of minority schools. As part of the ongoing efforts, permission has been granted for the reopening of the Private Gökçeada Greek Primary School, located on Gökçeada (Imbros), an island in the Aegean Sea off the coast of Çanakkale province, which was shut down in 1964 due to a lack of students following the growing tension with Cyprus leading to an exodus of Anatolian Greeks.
Minister Avcı announced the good news while Ministry of Health, Mehmet Müezzinoğlu, a Greek emigrant, was on his first trip abroad to Greece, the country of his birth, since being appointed to the position.