Darüşşafaka was introduced to the European Parliament

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The prominent non-governmental organizations of Turkey, including the Darüşşafaka Society, and two distinguished teachers were presented at the exhibition held in Brussels in the European Parliament.

Manolis Kefalogiannis, member of the European Parliament and Chairman of the Delegation to the EU-Turkey Joint Parliamentary Committee, Hakan Okçal, member of the Board of Directors of the Darüşşafaka Society, Zeynep Necipoğlu, member of the Board of Directors of the Darüşşafaka Society,  Miltiadis Kyrkos, member of the European Parliament and Vice-Chair of the Delegation to the EU-Turkey Joint Parliamentary Committee, Burçak Karakaya, Deputy Secretary General of the Darüşşafaka Society, Bahar Paykoç, Communication Specialist of Darüşşafaka Society

The exhibition, which was organized by the Member of the European Parliament and Vice-Chair of the Delegation to the EU-Turkey Joint Parliamentary Committee Miltiadis Kyrkos, is called “Faces of Turkey: Civil Society” (Türkiye’nin Yüzleri: Sivil Toplum).

The exhibition having opened on January 8 entertained the participation of Darüşşafaka Society, as well as Mother Child Education Foundation (AÇEV), Association for Supporting Contemporary Life (ÇYDD), Red Ribbon Istanbul, Foundation for Children with Leukemia, Mor Çatı Women's Shelter Foundation, Sosyalben Foundation, Tohum Autism Foundation, Educational Volunteers Foundation of Turkey, Library of Turkey for the Visually Disabled, Turkish Foundation for Children in Need of Protection; each leading groups in their own fields, as well as the attendance of Cevat Ayna and Dilek Livaneli teachers who make a difference in their fields of expertise.  

Turkish Ambassador to Brussels Zeki Levent Gümrükçü and Turkey's Permanent Representative to the European Union Mehmet Kemal Bozay were also present in the opening ceremony of the exhibition.

Miltiadis Kyrkos: "I wanted to introduce the faces of Turkey whom I admire, that help those in need ."

Miltiadis Kyrkos

“I have had the chance to meet many people in Turkey in four years and I have discovered the richness of the Turkish civil society," said Miltiadis Kyrkos, who has been working on European Union and Turkey relations for four years and aims to introduce Turkey's civil society to the parliament. “All these people are the pieces of a great, magnificent picture. This picture shows the depth of people's needs on one hand; and on the other, the power of institutions and individuals we are visiting today who try to solve these problems, find solutions to the problems. I wanted to share these different faces of Turkey with the European Parliament. So that we can better understand what's going on in this country that is our neighbor. There are many people in Turkey who are ready to help and support others. The idea of organizing this exhibition emerged from the desire of transferring what I have gained in 4-5 years to others in Parliament. Because it is very valuable. We aim to propagate the effect by creating networks after the exhibition. I wanted to introduce this face of Turkey that I admire, that I work with, that is dominant when you look at the hearts of people and that helps those in need. I try to support people in the world who try to help others. You will continue to exist just like Darüşşafaka has existed since 19th century.” 

Hakan Okçal: "I'm also a graduate of Darüşşafaka and would not have been where I am today without Darüşşafaka."

Hakan Okçal

Speaking on behalf of Darüşşafaka Society, the member of the Board of Directors of Darüşşafaka Society, a retired ambassador, and graduate of 1973 from Darüşşafaka High School, Hakan Okçal said “Darüşşafaka, as one of the leading institutions in the field of education in our country, provides equal opportunities to disadvantaged children who cannot receive qualified education in our society. I'm a Darüşşafaka graduate too and without it I wouldn't be where I am today. I am very happy that Darüşşafaka can touch the lives of children and young people in the best way in our country. Today, we provide full scholarship, boarding and qualified education to approximately 1,000 students, half of whom are female students. All donations -big or small- are very valuable to us. Because we have our roots in this society which we will never forget. We will continue to work to provide our students with better opportunities.”

“Turkey's faces: Civil Society" Exhibition hosted its visitors at the European Parliament on January 8-11.

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