Second Quarter Information of the year 2019

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Our Esteemed Member,

As Darüşşafaka family, we are happy to share the "Second Quarter Information of the year 2019" with you.

New Students:  We have administered exams in 24 provinces on May 26, to select our students who would join our family for the school year of 2018-2019. 1,568 candidates took our exam. We declared the all candidates both on the acceptance list, and on the waitlists, on May 31. On June 12-13-17-18-19, we have performed the health controls of all candidates. Our 122 students, who have obtained the right to enroll following a financial status research, will begin their educational journey in Darüşşafaka on September 4.

New Graduates:  Our 70 studentsof Darüşşafaka High School from the period of 145, received their diplomas in a ceremony held at Darüşşafaka TİM Show center, on June 18. In the ceremony, graduates of the year 1969were also presented with commemorative diplomas, as this was their 50th year of graduation from Darüşşafaka.

Ramadan Feast Donation Campaign:  Within the scope of the Ramadan Campaign, we have received 17,250,530 TL donations from 40,553 donators in total, between dates May 6 and June 9. Compared with the 2018 Ramadan Campaign, we have achieved a 56% increase in donators, and a 40% increase in donation amount.


Darüşşafaka Robotics Team received the biggest award a Turkish team has ever won, in the Championship of FIRST Robotics Competition. . As the recipient of “Engineering Inspiration Award”, Darüşşafaka Robotics Team obtained the right to travel to Championship, which will be held in Houston, in 2020, with the support of NASA, and without the need to enter elimination contests. Siemens Turkey provided mentorship support to Darüşşafaka Robotics Team with its two engineers during the whole process.

Darüşşafaka High School Robotics Team - Sultan's of Turkey

World famous historian Prof. Feroz Ahmad, who is also a benefactor of the Şenesenevler Residenceand is a donator of will, met with Darüşşafaka High School students, on April 18. The late wife of Prof. Feroz Ahmad, Bedia Ahmad, was a teacher in Darüşşafaka in 1970s.

We have celebrated the April 23, National Sovereignty and Children’s Day.

“14th Youth Sait Faik Story Award Ceremony”, held each year in honor of esteemed author Sait Faik Abasıyanık, who is also a donator of will for Darüşşafaka, was organized at TİM Show Center Fettah Aytaç Hall, on April 25. This year, 506 stories from all around Turkey took part in the contest. As of Darüşşafaka students,, 23 stories of high school students took part in the contest.

On April 29, Traditional Arts Night was held at TİM Show Center, where our students showed their performances,the result of a year’s work.

Darüşşafaka Robotics Team took its place in Turkey Innovation week with its success abroad. Minister of Youth and Sports Mehmet Muharrem Kasapoğlu presented the Championship Cup to the members of “Sultans of Turkey.”

The first Artificial Intelligence-oriented coding class at high school level in Turkey was opened in Darüşşafaka High School, by Darüşşafaka Schools and Sertrans Logistics. The instructors of Life Long Learning Center of Boğaziçi University has started offering artificial intelligence-oriented programming education to 20 students of Darüşşafaka, with the support of Sertrans Logistics.

On May 14, a science-talk was held for Darüşşafaka Secondary School students with the participation of the CEO of Eczacıbaşı Group, Atalay Muharrem Gümrah, and Young Guru Academy (YGA).

CEO of Eczacıbaşı Group, Atalay Muharrem Gümrah and Darüşşafaka Secondary School Students

In the 26th International Philosophy Olympiad held in Rome, Defne Hadiş, 12th Grade Student of Darüşşafaka High School, was deemed worthy of the “Honorable Mention". In the competition in which Defne Hadiş received an award, more than 100 high schools from 50 countries competed.

May 19, the Commemoration of Atatürk, Youth and Sports Day, a gift of the Founder of our Republic, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, to Turkish Youth, was celebrated with a ceremony organized by Darüşşafaka students and teachers.

On May 21-22-23, the 10th High School Students Salih Zeki Mathematics Research Project Contest’s final exhibition was held at Ayhan Şahenk Sports Hall of Darüşşafaka. 101 high schools and 132 projects applied, from 32 different provinces.

On May 28, the students of Darüşşafaka Schools successfully staged the musical “Fiddler on the Roof”.

Fiddler on the Roof Musical

On May 30, Darüşşafaka said farewell to its 119 students of the 150th period of Darüşşafaka Secondary School, with a ceremony.

On May 30, the documentary “Güç Sensin/You are the Power” dedicated to the 100th year of May 19 by the journalist/director Tuluhan Tekelioğlu, was viewed by Darüşşafaka students at TİM Fettah Aytaç Hall. The life of Şeyhmus Aca, this year’s graduate from Darüşşafaka High School, was also shown in the documentary.

2018- 2019 education year is successfully completed.

Process for verifying the financial status of the regular students, who obtainedthe right to study at Darüşşafaka as per the Darüşşafaka Entry Exam results, has begun. 2 students were also added to the 120-student quota set by Darüşşafaka, with the support of 2 donators. Thus, 122 students, deemed appropriate with the decree of Board of Directors, will begin the 2019-2020 education year on September.


After our Society’s General Assembly on April 6, new Board of Directors, under the chairpersonship of M. Tayfun Öktem, distributed the duties and commenced its duty.

2018 report on the donations of Darüşşafaka members has been published. In 2018, 631 Darüşşafaka members donated 2,208,843 TL in total to Darüşşafaka schools. Compared with 2017, there has been an increase of 1.52% in the amount of donations, and an increase of 14% in the number of donators. In 2018, “The Period with the Highest Donation Amount” has been 1974ers?, and “The Period with the Highest Number of Donators” has been 1998ers? .

In the second quarter, we had 15 new donators of will, as well as real estate donators. Thus, the number of donators of will and real estate donators since the beginning of 2019, reached 34.

One of the benefactors of Darüşşafaka, Sami Serozan, was commemorated on April 12, on the 43th year of his passing away.

Governor of Istanbul, Ali Yerlikaya, visited Darüşşafaka on April 25. Yerlikaya met with the new Board of Directors, and extended his congratulations.

Darüşşafaka Society Higher Advisory Board (YDK), uniting the public opinion leaders, who desire to accompany Darüşşafaka with its ideas and experiences, held its second meeting of 2019 on May 4, under the chairpersonship of Hüsamettin Kavi.

“Rice Day”, organized by Darüşşafaka Members Association on May 5, Sunday in the Darüşşafaka Schools Campus, brought together the alumni of Darüşşafaka living in different corners of Turkey and the world.

On May 10, a commemorative ceremony was held on behalf of the late Abdurrahman Hayati Arıkan and his wife, the late Media Arıkan, who have donated the plot of Maltepe Residence.

Sait Faik Story Award, given each year to a story-writer in honor of author Sait Faik Abasıyanık, organized in collaboration with Darüşşafaka Society and Türkiye İş Bankası Kültür Yayınları, found its 65th recipient. Melisa Kesmez was deemed worthy by Türkiye İş Bankası of the award, with her book “Nohut Oda”. On May 14, in the ceremony held at Türkiye İş Bankası Kültür Yayınları, the award of Kesmez was presented by the Darüşşafaka Society Chairperson of Board of Directors, M. Tayfun Öktem, and the Head of the Jury, Doğan Hızlan.

Darüşşafaka Society Chairperson of Board of Directors M.Tayfun Öktem (DŞ'82), Author Doğan Hızlan, Author Melisa Kesmez

For the sacred spirits of our donators who are not with us, for all those who have served for Darüşşafaka and for all our martyrs, an Islamic memorial service (mevlit) was held in Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir, on May 31, on Laylat al-Qadr (Night of Power).

 “Contactless Donation Project” is realized in collaboration with Türkiye İş Bankası, and Interbank Card Center (BKM). With the Contactless Donation Project, our benefactors can use their contactless cards to easily make donations to Darüşşafaka. Within the scope of the Project, in the first phase, this service is provided at 11 different points.

One of the founding donators of Darüşşafaka, the late Malike Bayülgen, the donator of Maltepe Residence and a donator of will,was commemorated at Maltepe Residence on her 3rd year of passing away.

Former and current Chairpersons of the Society visited the relevant civil authorities.

New Strategic Plan works to be disclosed to the relevant stakeholders in the 4th quarter, have begun to be completed in September.

Our works related to Human Resources, organization structure, and work culture have been accelerated.

Our commissions, especially the Asset Management Commission, and the Commission for Donation, Communication and Fundraising, have increased their pace for the works aimed at sustainability, and are making evaluations including new manners of business.


In the second quarter, 7 new donators joined the Darüşşafaka Residences. Thereby, as of the beginning of 2019, the number of residence donators who joined our family became 15.

In the second quarter, the individual contributions of our donators, living in Darüşşafaka Residence, to our Society amount to 1,882,000 TL in total. .

On May 9-10, a year’s handiwork of our donators living in Yakacık Residence, such as accessories, knitting, paintings and reliefs, were sold in a charity sale on behalf of Darüşşafaka.

Yours respectfully,

  1. Tayfun Öktem

Chairperson of Board of Directors

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