ELIMINATION OF VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN TRAINING PROGRAMS FOR TEACHERS DURING THE SPRING BREAKMinister of National Education Mahmut Özer stated that elimination of violence against women training programs will become more systematic as a part of "Year of Elimination of Violence Against Women Action Plan" adding that, "one of the training programs we organized for teachers during the spring break will be raising awareness about elimination of violence against women."
Minister Özer commented about the spring break between April 11 and 15 and on the education agenda. Expressing his happiness to successfully carry out face-to-face education in all levels of education and all 81 cities of the country, Özer thanked teachers and students for their efforts.
"Students made important sacrifices to obey all measures in addition to wearing masks during classes. I would like them to rest, deal with sports activities and read at least one book during the spring break," said Özer.
The Ministry has established a Teacher Information Network (ÖBA) in an effort to provide a series of personal and professional training programs for teachers and more than 414,000 teachers have successfully completed training programs and received certificates during the fall and midterm breaks.
Although they are optional, teachers showed high attendance to training programs and they opted most for environment and climate change training programs. 142,425 teachers at least completed one training program.
"More systematic elimination of violence training programs"
Minister Özer noted that the Ministry has prepared 14 different training programs for the spring break by considering the demands of teachers and reminded that there were elimination of violence against women training programs before the declaration of the Year of Elimination of Violence Against Women Action Plan.
"Currently, these training programs concerning elimination of violence against women will become more systematic. It will also include all kinds of violence and peer bullying. We want to build a school environment where there is zero tolerance against all kinds of violence," said Özer.
"Zero tolerance against all kinds of violence and peer bullying"
Stressing that children are spending a majority of their times at schools, Özer stated, "We must show zero tolerance not only against violence targeting women but also all kinds of violence and peer bullying."
Özer said schools should be places where students and teachers feel safe or otherwise they would drop out from school.
"If we offer healthy and safe environment at school, we would have an important opportunity in the social transformation. As long as we disseminate good examples, the entire community will benefit and quality of education will improve," said Özer.
He noted that their determination to keep schools open during the Covid-19 pandemic posed an example for the society and opened the way for normalization in the entire society.
Positive discrimination against female administrators
In 2002, 40 percent of existing 500,000 teachers were women and now 60 percent of the 1 million and 200 thousand teachers are women. Minister Özer vowed to apply positive discrimination against female administrators at all levels of education and directorates of national education.