Minister of National Education Mahmut Özer visited Baku Turkish Anatolian High School and Turkish Maarif Foundation (TMV) International Maarif Schools in Azerbaijan, where he went to make official contacts, and met with teachers at Baku Turkish Anatolian High School affiliated to the Ministry of National Education.
Emphasizing that they are proud of the achievements of Baku Turkish Anatolian High School, and that as the Ministry, they will mobilize every opportunity to strengthen the high school and move it to much better points, Özer noted that the school not only educates students who have academic success but also know its history and culture.
Expressing that they do not look at Azerbaijan as abroad, Özer said:
“For us, we consider Azerbaijan as two countries that embody ‘one nation, two states’ and undertake the task of shaping history together. That’s why we came to Azerbaijan with our whole team. We will move forward by strengthening our relations much more. This visit will be a turning point for a very strong cooperation. We, as the ministry, will carry our relations to a much better point by providing all kinds of support. I believe that the new century will be the ‘Turkish Century’. The most important influence in shaping this century is education. Therefore, by sharing all our experiences related to education, we will carry the relations between Turkey and Azerbaijan to a much better point. “The two countries will be two countries that are listened to not only in their region but also in the world, not only with their economic successes, but also who shape the world with their compassion, standing by the oppressed, and peace.”
During the visit, where Minister Özer presented a tablet to the teachers, Baku Turkish Schools Director Nurullah Yazıcı made a presentation and the students performed a folk dance show.
Özer, who also visited TMV International Maarif Schools, got information from school administrators and met with teachers.
Minister Özer stated that since the date of its establishment, TMV has increased its capacity day by day and provided successful training services all over the world, representing Turkey.
Noting that TMV provides education to nearly 50 thousand students in 427 schools in 67 countries, Özer said, “The presence of TMV in Azerbaijan also has a very symbolic meaning. The absence of TMV in Azerbaijan was a major shortcoming. I am very pleased that this deficiency is remedied. Inshallah. I believe that it will make a very important contribution to increasing the quality of the Azerbaijani education system by growing and increasing its capacity with each passing day.” used the phrases.
“We are very happy to share our experience with Azerbaijan”
Making a statement to the journalists afterwards, Mahmut Özer stated that they are working extensively to improve the cooperation between the two countries in the field of education and continued as follows:
“We have a huge education system with 19 million students and 1.2 million teachers. We have very important experience from pre-school to vocational education, from training teachers to creating a digital platform. We are very happy to share these experiences with Azerbaijan, with which we strengthen our relations day by day. Especially We are here with all our friends to make a new breakthrough in vocational education.”
Expressing that there are 72 vocational high schools in Azerbaijan, Özer said, “We will match all the vocational high schools here with the best vocational high schools in Turkey within a month. In this context, we will increase the exchange of students and teachers, and all of the 3 thousand teachers who teach in vocational high schools in Azerbaijan are vocational high schools. We will also provide all kinds of support for the infrastructure of all 72 vocational high schools.” made its assessment.
During the visits, Deputy Ministers Petek Aşkar and Sadri Şensoy, General Manager of EU and Foreign Relations Hasan Ünsal, General Manager of Support Services Levent Özil, General Manager of Teacher Training and Development Cevdet Vural, General Manager of Vocational and Technical Education Nazan Şener, Turkey’s Ambassador to Baku Cahit Bağcı and Baku Education Counselor Ali Rıza Altunel.