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Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen has strongly condemned at attack on US Consulate in Benghazi that killed four Americans, including Libyan ambassador, and expressed deep condolences to the American people.

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Pakistan PM Praises Turkish Schools In Erdogan's Visit

Speaking at the Pakistan-Turkey Business Forum on Monday, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif pointed out the historical alliance between the two countries and paid compliments to the PAK-TURK schools established by Turkish entrepreneurs.The Pakistan-Turkey Business Forum was held in Lahore, the capital. Speaking at the Pakistan-Turkey Business Forum on Monday, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif pointed out the historical alliance between the two countries and paid compliments to the PAK-TURK schools established by Turkish entrepreneurs.

The Pakistan-Turkey Business Forum was held in Lahore, the capital of the Pakistani province of Punjab. The forum was attended by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Pakistani Prime Minister Sharif. The main topic of the forum was trade relations between the two countries and future opportunities for both countries.

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In his speech, Sharif stated that relations between two nations have been growing every day and the business forum has been another major step in these relations.

There is a great deal of potential in textile, energy, telecommunication, agriculture and transport in Pakistan and I would like to personally invite Turkish businesspeople to get a share of these investments,” he said.

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'Media reports of FBI visit to charter school inaccurate'

The lawyer of Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gulen has announced that news reports circulating in the Turkish media over the past several days with headlines such as “FBI operation targets Gulen” and “FBI raids Gulen school” are filled with inaccurate information and baseless accusations.


In a statement posted on a number of news websites, lawyer Nurullah Albayrak said his client, Gulen, is not the founder, shareholder or administrator of any school, adding that claims about the “Fethullah Gulen community's school” are also wrong.

There have been reports in the Turkish media in recent days about an FBI visit to the Kenilworth Science and Technology Charter School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, last week. The school is run by the Pelican Educational Foundation. These news reports were mostly based on articles that appeared in local US media.

It is clearly unfair to describe this visit, which has nothing to do with my client, as a raid or an operation. My client has never been involved in any illegal affair. Based on ungrounded accusations, trying to show him as if he is involved in illegal affairs only shows the ill will of those making these claims,” the lawyer said in the statement.

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Davutoğlu says Turkish Schools abroad play an important representative role

Ahmet Davutoglu Gulen Schools Gulen MovementTurkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has said Turkish schools abroad are playing an important representative role and that Turkish government officials will do everything to support them.

Davutoğlu’s remarks came after a series of statements by ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) officials supporting Turkish schools abroad.

“As the Turkish government, it’s our duty to take care of our citizens’ problems or needs no matter what political views they have. Not depending on which community they belong to, these schools and non-governmental organizations have played an important role in countries such as Somalia and Myanmar; therefore we will support them if they ever need us.

These schools are important institutions as they help spread the Turkish language and the Turkish culture abroad,” Davutoğlu told reporters on Tuesday.He concluded his words by saying that the Turkish government will keep supporting their citizens in any case and people should be aware of this fact.

Source: Today's Zaman

 

Will Gulen Movement schools offer Kurdish-medium education too?

Journalists and Writers Foundation Vice-President Cemal Ussak, regarding the Kurdish-medium education at the Gulen movement schools in southeastern Turkey, said “It is a matter of course following the amendment to the current regulation.”

 Vice-president of Journalists and Writers Foundation, regarded as the institutional face of Gulen Movement, Cemal Ussak brought to minds the fact that the movement’s schools abroad are offering education in the respective local languages anyway, in response to the question as to whether the movement’s school will launch Kurdish medium or not. “Following the amendment to the current regulation, it is as a matter of course that Kurdish education starts at the movement schools.” Noting that he anticipates the Kurdish education will be offered based on demand, not the location, “It shouldn’t be confined solely to private institutions. Kurdish, Laz, Abkhazian and Circassian citizens too should be able to study their languages at state-financed schools, just like Turkish citizens do their native language,” Ussak remarked.

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Ethio-Turkish Schools receive “Certificate of Appreciation’ from African Union

ethio-turkish-schoolsAfrican Union Political Affairs Department has honored Nejashi Ethio-Turkish Schools in Ethiopia with a certificate of appreciation in recognition of their contribution to mutual understanding and peace in Africa.

The Turkish schools in Ethiopia continue to gain recognition with their contributions to science and education. The schools have been recently awarded a certificate of appreciation by African Union Political Affairs Department. Bearing the signature of Political Affairs Department Commissioner Aisha L. Abdullahi, the certificate reads “presented to Nejashi Ethio-Turkish Schools in recognition of their tireless efforts and dedication.” 

Having started out with approximately 30 students in 2004, Nejashi Ethio-Turkish Schools today have a population of 535 students from kindergarten to high school. They continue to extend bridges of education and friendship between Turkey and Ethiopia.

This article has been excerpted from http://hizmetmovement.blogspot.com/2013/10/ethio-turkish-schools-receive.html

 

Fethullah Gulen among TIME Magazine's "World's 100 Most Influential People" for 2013

Fethullah Gulen among TIME Magazine's "World's 100 Most Influential People" for 2013Mr. Fethullah Gulen has been named as one of TIME Magazine's 100 most influential people in the world in 2013. TIME recognized Gulen for "preaching a message of tolerance that has won him admirers around the world." The 2013 TIME 100 includes other noted world leaders such as Pope Francis, Aung San Suu Kyi, Malala Yousafzai and President Obama. In the past, TIME has honored global leaders such as the Dalai Lama and Pope Benedict XVI in their TIME 100 list. - Fethullah Gulen on 2013 Time 100 List | Herald Online | Wall Street Journal

   

Turkish Economy Minister praises Gulen-inspired schools

Turkish Economy Minister Zafer Caglayan, who was on a working visit in Mozambique recently, visited Sogut International Turkish College located in the capital Maputo. This college, which is established by the followers of Hizmet movement, is one of the most prestigious educational establishments in Mozambique. School’s students organized a reception welcoming high guests from Turkey, who were very excited to see local children talk and sing in Turkish language. In the speech, which Caglayan delivered during the program, he said, “20-25 years ago it was impossible to even dream of existence of such schools around the world. If one said there are great Turkish schools around the world, I would say, “Are you kidding me?” But today, the dream became a reality. And I send my highest respect and appreciation to people who made this become real.”
 

Strategic defamation of Fethullah Gulen

It is quite interesting that a defamation campaign has recently started even though Fethullah Gulen has been living in United States for more than ten years and charter schools have started their operation long time ago. But now, those some successful charter schools are being labeled as Gulen charter schools. But why? 

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Obama meets Turkish school’s award-winning students

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Four students from the Pinnacle Academy, established by Turkish entrepreneurs in the greater Washington, D.C., area, were at the White House on Monday to present their project, which took first place in the National Engineers Week Future City Competition in the capital’s metropolitan area in February.On Monday President Barack Obama hosted the White House Science Fair to honor the winners of a series of competitions in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

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New York conference highlights Turkish schools' contribution to world peace

Education ministers and academics from various countries highlighted the contributions to world peace made by Turkish schools inspired by internationally respected Turkish scholar Fethullah Gülen during a conference held in New York on Monday.
The gathering, featuring attendees from across the world, was titled "The Peacebuilding Through Education International Conference” and was co-hosted by the Fountain Magazine and the New Jersey-based Peace Islands Institute (PII) at the Times Center in New York.
The conference began with a message from Gülen, the honorary chairman of the PII, and a diverse group of international speakers and panels discussed topics including peace building through education, mobilizing civil society for peace building, principles and methodologies in peace education and peace as a shared ideal.
Delivering a speech at the conference, Tanzanian Education Minister Shukuru Jumanne Kawambwa praised contribution of Turkish schools in Tanzania -- known as Feza Schools -- to the country's education. “Feza Schools are among the most successful schools in Tanzania. You see that multiculturalism, tolerance and mutual respect rule in these schools.  Students are being positively affected in this atmosphere,” he said.
Dr. Johnston McMaster, the director of the Belfast-based Education for Reconciliation program, underlined the significance of teaching democracy to students in sustaining world peace. During his speech, McMaster said Gülen is among world figures who have contributed to the improvement of democracy in the world along with Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela.
Among the other participants of the conference were Afghani Minister of Education Ghulam Farooq Wardak; Filipino Minister of Education Armin Altamirano Luistro; New Jersey Secretary of Higher Education Rochelle Hendricks; President of the Alliance for Shared Values Dr. Y. Alp Aslandoğan; Hilary Cremin, a senior lecturer at the School of Education, University of Cambridge; and David Perlmutter, the director of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Iowa.
A photography competition titled "Peace in a Frame," which included entries from around the world, had also been launched by the Fountain Magazine in connection with the conference.  The winning photos/photographers were selected on Sept. 15 and were displayed at the Times Center.

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Education ministers and academics from various countries highlighted the contributions to world peace made by Turkish schools inspired by internationally respected Turkish scholar Fethullah Gülen during a conference held in New York on Monday.

The gathering, featuring attendees from across the world, was titled "The Peacebuilding Through Education International Conference” and was co-hosted by the Fountain Magazine and the New Jersey-based Peace Islands Institute (PII) at the Times Center in New York.

The conference began with a message from Gülen, the honorary chairman of the PII, and a diverse group of international speakers and panels discussed topics including peace building through education, mobilizing civil society for peace building, principles and methodologies in peace education and peace as a shared ideal.

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‘Every minister I met in Africa asked for more schools’

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It is well known that Gulen Inspired Schools have become very prestigious and respectable educational establishments wherever they were opened. In Africa Turkish schools enjoy especially high popularity. Turkish schools provide such a superior education and have earned such a big trust that many African top officials prefer to send their children to these schools. Foreign Trade Minister of Turkey Zafer Caglayan shares that during his visit to African countries “every minister he met asked for more schools” to be established in the region.

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These schools are helping to build fraternal ties between Turkey and the other countries

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Today's Zaman Azerbaijani Republic of Nakhchivan 

President Gül has said he has personally observed the success of Turkish schools established around the world, underlining that those schools have been helping to build fraternal ties between Turkey and the countries in which they have been established. Gül's remarks came on Saturday during a visit to the Nakhchivan Private Turkish High School on the sidelines of a summit of the Turkic-speaking countries held in the autonomous Azerbaijani republic of Nakhchivan

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Turkish Schools Offer Pakistan a Gentler Vision of Islam


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SABRINA TAVERNISE, The New York Times

KARACHI, Pakistan — Praying in Pakistan has not been easy for Mesut Kacmaz, a Muslim teacher from Turkey.He tried the mosque near his house, but it had Israeli and Danish flags painted on the floor for people to step on. The mosque near where he works warned him never to return wearing a tie. Pakistanis everywhere assume he is not Muslim because he has no beard.

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Gulen-Inspired Schools


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MUHAMMED ÇETİN Today's Zaman

Gulen-Inspired Schools; There is no consensus among writers on what to call the Gülen-inspired institutions; this is as true for American lawyers as it is for Turkish correspondents of all political colors. The use of terms like "Gülen schools" can arise from ignorance or disinformation. If the term "Gülen schools" is equated with, for example, Montessori schools (where a particular training and qualifications are required for personnel and a specific methodology is used), it leads to misunderstanding.

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Glocal Schools serving with Integrity and Sincerity

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Some say they are the best schools around, and some say they can’t be that good without support from global powers. Some say they serve for global peace, and some other say: “Don’t be naive they must have a hidden agenda”.  I will not get into questions like “water of the mill” as they have been addressed previously. The main question I am going after is, what are really Gulen Inspired Schools? What makes them standout? How can you distinguish a Gulen Inspired School from any other public or community school?

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Objectives of charter public schools with Turkish ties questioned

Greg Toppo, USA TODAY
Fethullah Gulen responded to questions from USA TODAY's Greg Toppo that were submitted through an intermediary.

Q: Would he reflect on his connection to the U.S. public schools inspired by the Gulen movement?

A: First of all, I do not approve the title "Gulen Movement" given to the civil society movement that I call "volunteers' movement." I see myself one of its participants.

There might be some educators who have listened to or read my thoughts on humanity, peace, mutual respect, the culture of coexistence, and keeping the human values alive, and have come to the United States for various reasons and work at private or public schools. In fact, I have heard from the media that there are such educators.

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Ethiopian schools put Turkey on curriculum


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MARY FITZGERALD In Addis Ababa

"MERHABA! MERHABA!" – the Turkish greeting echoes through the school corridor as neatly uniformed Ethiopian children welcome a visitor.That morning the children sang the Turkish national anthem along with their own. On the school walls, vocabulary charts to help pupils improve their command of Turkish hang alongside framed verses of Rumi's poetry. In the principal's office a portrait of Ataturk dominates.

This is one of four "Ethio-Turkish" schools in the Ethiopian capital, catering for more than 400 children from kindergarten to high school.

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