Jun 18, 2012

Abkhazia: Turkey Considers Abkhaz Tuition

Recent moves by Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan on changing the country’s language policy could have positive impacts, including the introduction of the Abkhaz language at public universities and schools.

Below is an article published by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Abkhazia:

On June 14, 2012, the Turkish newspaper «Hurriyet» reported about the hearings in the Parliament of Turkey initiated by the statement of Prime-Minister Tayyip Erdogan and related to introduction of the Kurdish language as an optional subject at public universities and schools. Following the Prime-Minister the Minister of Education Omer Dincer proposed to introduce at the public universities and schools of Turkey the languages of other peoples living in the country, including the Abkhaz. In his address the Minister stated, that in order to introduce a language as an optional subject there should at least 10 people, who want to study it. The Minister also listed the requirements for inclusion of any language into the academic curriculum. They include special teaching syllabuses and textbooks for of these languages. It should be noted that in the last five years this issues has been raised many times in the Parliament of the Turkish Republic.