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“With every graduate, we build the bright future of Turkey”

M. Tayfun Öktem (DŞ’1982)  Chairman of the Board
M. Tayfun Öktem (DŞ’82)
Chairman of the Board

Incorporating Atatürk's principles, Darüşşafaka Society maintains the "equality of opportunity in education" principle by providing an education to talented but needy children with one or no parents, thus enabling them to evolve into self-confident, thinking, curious, questioning, intelligent and patriotic young adults who feel responsible for their society and for their families.

As Darüşşafaka Society, since 1863 we have been offering equal opportunities in education to our gifted children who have lost their father or mother and have limited financial facilities and raising them as lifelong-learning, self-confident leader individuals who adopt universal values and are aware of their duties and responsibilities to the country and society.
Today, we offer about 1,000 children -who are selected by examination across the country- education in English with full scholarship and boarding facilities in Darüşşafaka Education Institutions from 1st grade to their graduation from high school; raise them with the 21st century skills; and send them off to the best universities of our country and of the world. The most significant criterion to identify the development extent of a country is the extension of equal opportunities in access to qualified education. So as Darüşşafaka, we have been working to promote these equal opportunities since 1863.
Remember, when Darüşşafaka was founded, there was no United Nations (UN) or UNICEF to stand for each child’s right to the best education available based on their talents, nor were there the concepts like welfare state or social responsibilities.
Having maintained this visionary and progressive structure while preserving its traditions throughout its history, our Society sets an example of sustainable organizations with its leader position in education and the civil society movement as well as its 156-year history. Our Society; which is the first non-governmental organization in the field of education which was born, grown and took root on this land; has been able to carry on for one and a half century only with donations, not only because of the substantiality of its efforts but also not allowing any act or action that could cast shadow upon the trust of its donators… Darüşşafaka has always considered each penny donated a social entrust and given the account before the public.
“Transparency” and “accountability” have always been among the main principles well-established in Darüşşafaka… We are aware how important these two principles are, especially under the present conditions of the day. Therefore, we publish in our annual activity reports how we use the donations granted to our Society and share it with the public via the internet and other communication channels. On top of all that, we have become the first non-governmental organization in Turkey which had an independent corporate management rating conducted and proved the transparency and accountability of our Society with a score of 9,54.
Darüşşafaka has never compromised on qualified education and the substantiality of its efforts is hidden in the changed lives of thousands of children it has graduated…
Darüşşafaka is not only a school, but also a compassionate home as its name suggests and a big family. We take over the responsibility for our children from their family when they are 10, raise them with great care, and say goodbye to them as 19-year-old young individuals. They take on life with the Darüşşafaka spirit based on cooperation, solidarity, sharing, and honesty. They continue their education in any university and in any field of study they like. We do not withhold our scholarship support during their university education as well. They climb the career ladders one by one as bankers, bureaucrats, physicians, lawyers, journalists, scientists, artists; each leading a life story that has changed by education…
We hereby would like to thank our donators who have not let the light we lit go out since 1863, to Darüşşafaka members who always stand by us wherever they are across the world, to our teachers who work devotedly to prepare our children to future, to parents who entrust their children to us without hesitation, and to our students who always make us proud with their attitude, achievements, personalities; and we believe that each graduate of ours will bring us closer to the level of contemporary civilizations as pointed by our Great Leader Atatürk.

M. Tayfun Öktem (DŞ’1982)
Chairman of the Board
The Darüşşafaka Society