In our Group of Schools, there are 3 Kindergardens, one Primary school, one Secondary School, and two different types of High Schools. The total number of students in all our schools is nearly 1000. In Gokyuzu High Schools there are 140 students, 25 teachers and 20 staff. There are 12 classrooms, 1 Arts room, 3 Science labs, 1 library, 1 sports hall, 2 conference halls, 1 canteen, 2 big playgrounds and 1 dining hall. Private Maltepe Gokyuzu Science High Schools, which has 40 successful students, is also a private school. Our students’ parents pay for school tuition every year. However in Science High School we give scholarships to many students when they are very successful, so they have to study very hard in order to maintain their scholarship.
Foreign Languages and learning about European Cultures are very important at our school. Our students have 4-6 hours of English lessons a week which include not only formal didactic teaching technique but also requires presentations and competitions in order to help improve their learning abilities. They also study Spanish or German for 2 hours weekly. Moreover, our students have opportunities to develop their artistic skills and sportive abilities. They have Music, Drama and Sports classes every week by professional teachers. We want our students to be competitive, innovative and creative, so we urge them to create new projects and ideas. Our main aim is to enable our students to put into practice for what they learn from the school curriculum with the help of the projects. We organize various visits to different sectors, museums, cultural centers, science exhibitions and universities. We often give seminars to our students and their parents on various topics in association with their learning process.
There’s a lively and friendly atmosphere in our school, so everybody knows each other very well. There is a consultant who works full-time to help students whenever they need. She regularly talks to the students and their parents about their behaviors, academic success, and social relations. She always tries to solve their problems and gives them useful advice. What is more, we coach our students morally to help them become good citizens. We help them learn about life, the problems and issues in the world and help the poor. We try to teach them how they can live in a peaceful and better world and be useful for humanity.
Turkey has a particularly important role when it comes to immigration for its geopolitical location, since it sits on the two continents, connecting Europe and Asia. Turkey’s key role has been significant for many centuries, starting from 1070s, followed by the period of the Ottoman Empire, since the borders broadened from Europe to Asia and Africa, people lived together in this area, sharing different cultures and traditions. After the establishment of Turkish Republic in 1923, the immigrations continued. This area has hosted many civilizations and cultures for many years, especially in the early years of the Turkish Republic, the area has seen large movements of people in both directions. Particularly during the last two decades, a lot of foreigners have entered the country to relocate for business, work, and democracy etc. purposes. Many well-known international companies have set up their new offices and many investors have opened big factories, and some new companies have been attracted to found their firms in Istanbul. It has already become one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world. The conflicts in the Middle East also lead people to emigrate from their countries, and build up a new life and look for new job opportunities here in Istanbul. Furthermore, in the field of education, considerable amount of students come to Istanbul to study different subjects and a lot of teachers with academic backgrounds come here to teach in schools and universities.
Our main purpose to attend this project is to give a chance to the students to understand and appreciate different cultures and customs, and we believe that throughout this project, we will increase their awareness of other cultures. It is essential that our students, their parents, all the teachers and the staff will learn a lot about immigration, stereotypes & racism from the other partner schools during this Erasmus+ project. They will also have the opportunity to express themselves more clearly. Everyone in our school is ready and eager to take part in the activities.
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