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46 students set for Turkey for cultural exchange programme



46 students set for Turkey for cultural exchange programme

By Maureen Okon

Forty-six students from the public secondary school (GSS), Wuse Zone 3, are likely to come to Turkey for a cultural exchange program.

The Chief Minister of the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA), Mr. Bulent Korkmaz, expressed his interest in holding the program in Ankara, Turkey.

Korkmaz told Dr Mohammed Gummi, president of the Association of Turkey Graduates Alumni in Nigeria, that he was impressed with the cultural dances offered by the students and that he would like them to put on a similar show in Turkey.

The students staged cultural dances at the inauguration of a science complex, renovated by a TIKA, in collaboration with the Federal Capital Territory Secondary Education Board (SEB).

The Nigeria News Agency reports that students entertained guests with dances from the Niger Delta, Yoruba, Tiv, Nupé, Gbagyi, igbos, Fulani and Hausa.

Gummi said if the plan was successful, the students would travel to Ankara, noting that it would help them expose them to Turkish cultural dances, among others.

“The Chief Minister, who is also the coordinator of TIKA, whispered to me that he liked Nigerian cultural dances.

“He was moved and asked about the possibility of holding a Nigerian cultural day in Ankara where the dancers could feature

“We will make the necessary arrangements for a trip to Turkey,” Gummi said.

He praised the efforts of the Turkish government to improve the quality of education in Nigeria through the establishment of secondary and higher institutions in the country.

In the same vein, the Turkish Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Hidayet Bayraktar, said that Turkish institutions and non-governmental organizations have played a leading role in the field of education on the African continent.

“My basic schools provide education to over 17,500 students in 25 African countries and just last month two Turkish NGOs opened new schools in Abuja.

“The renovation of this school by TIKA is also a strong demonstration of these efforts and I am sure that with the opening of an office in Nigeria, TIKA will do much more in this country.

“The development cooperation agreement is still awaiting a response from our Nigerian colleagues. I am convinced that this agreement will intensify the efforts of Turkey and TIKA in Nigeria.

“Turkey is ready to work more closely with Nigeria in the field of education and development and the 21st century can be very different in Africa and the first step is education,” said the envoy.

Some students, who spoke to, thanked the Turkish Embassy for the renovation of the science lab.

They said that with the rehabilitation, the school could now compete favorably with other schools in the country.

They said they were happy with their plans to travel to Turkey.

Speaking, the school principal, Ms Fummilayo Kayode, said that upon returning to school in October 2020, she was in poor condition.

She said she took every opportunity to get help and got one. The Turkish Ambassador visited the school and asked what the Embassy can do to help.

“When I was transferred here last year, what I encountered in the field was below my expectations and I said that with God anything is possible.

“I tried to convince teachers and students that we need to change.

Source: NAN

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