Turkish high school to open in Mogadishu

Turkish high school to open in Mogadishu

An admission exam was held on Tuesday to select students for a newly built Turkish high school in Somalia.

October 12, 2011, Wednesday/ 16:03:00

A Turkish high school will be opened in Mogadishu in the next month, proof that Turkey is continuing to make good on its promise to invest in Somalia's infrastructure, according to an Anatolia news agency report.

Bilal Çelik, chairman of Turkish charity the Nil Organization, said on Wednesday that an admission exam had been devised and more than 1,000 prospective students have applied to the school.

Çelik, adding that 120 students would be boarders, said they would give textbooks to Somali students free of charge.

Math, physics, chemistry and computer lessons will be taught in English, social studies lessons will be taught in Somali and religion lessons will be in Arabic. The students will also have Turkish language lessons 11 hours per week.

A total of nine Turkish teachers will work at the school, Çelik said.

Turkey has been a leader in the international community for its impressive and ongoing aid to Somalia, where approximately half of its population has yet to receive aid. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan visited Mogadishu and several refugee camps in Somalia, pledging more aid in cash and infrastructure.

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