Kosovo’s Prime Minister, Albin Kurti, said he was proud that his country has a long tradition of multilingualism and that children have the opportunity to learn their mother tongue.
Prime Minister Kurti visited Elena Gica Primary School, which offers education in both Turkish and Albanian, in the capital, Pristina, on the occasion of the 72nd anniversary of the adoption of Turkish education in Kosovo.
Kurti was accompanied during his visit by Minister of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation Arberi Nagavci, Chairman of Turkey’s Kosovo Democratic Party (KDTP), Kosovo’s Minister of Regional Development Vikrim Damca, and party deputies Fidan Brenna Jelta and Enes Kervan.
Kurti stated that he is proud of the fact that there is a long tradition of multilingualism in Kosovo and that children have the opportunity to learn their mother tongue. We must be, because the best education is education in the mother tongue. ” Use phrases.
Kurti also said that there are various supports in the Kosovo Education Strategy 2022-2026 to prepare textbooks and other materials in Turkish as well as in languages of communities other than the majority living in Kosovo.
Turkish education in Kosovo, 72 years old
In the period of the former Yugoslavia, with the decision taken in 1951, it was decided to open classes in which Turkish lessons would be given to the Turkish community living on the territory of Kosovo.
In the 1951-1952 academic year, enrollment in primary and secondary schools for learning the Turkish language began, and the first Turkish primary schools were opened in the cities of Prizren, Pristina, Gilan, Mitrovica, and Ipek, as well as in the villages of Mamosa. and Dobircan.
By the 1955-1956 academic year, there were 3,558 students and 134 teachers in 109 classes dedicated to Turkish education in 12 eight-year primary schools.
Turkish education in Kosovo continues today in schools in the regions of Prizren, Pristina, Mamosa, Mitrovica, Vecetérin, Gilan and Dobbirjan, although the number of students has decreased in recent years.
In addition, there are Turkish departments at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels at the Universities of Pristina and Prizren.
Underlining that Turkish education in Kosovo is being successfully implemented through hard work, dedication and support, the Deputy Principal of the school, Agnesa Globoder, said, “We have 19 teachers from the Turkish community and 198 students from grades pre-primary to grade 9. In addition, classes continue At Sami Frashëri High School, where the Turkish community continues their education, and then abroad or in Kosovo.” He said.
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