The Foundation supports two schools in Turkey, both located in the Central Anatolia region of the country, between the cities of Konya and Nevsehir. This dry, flat area in the center of Turkey is about 150 miles south of the capital city, Ankara.
OUR IMPACTAmong the major infrastructure projects Gate 1 Foundation has funded in Turkey are central heating systems, new or renovated toilets, and complete dining facilities that include kitchens and seating areas, as well as the furniture - tables and chairs - to make the spaces usable for school students. The impact on the lives of students attending Foundation-supported schools has been profound. For example, prior to the installation of the central heating system at Sehit Murat Primary School, heating was achieved through the use of old fashioned coal-burning stoves. Teachers, sometimes with the help of students, had to interrupt their lessons every one or two hours to go out to the garden to fetch coal and carry it into the classroom to fire the stove. This affected the focus and concentration of both students and teachers, and consequently, had a negative effect on the learning environment. In addition, the stoves heated only the classrooms, leaving the rest of the building very cold, which meant that students also had to eat in their classrooms. The building of the dining room, combined with the central heating system that heated the entire school building, made for more comfortable conditions, and thus a more optimal atmosphere in which to teach and to learn.
GIFTS TO BRING IF YOU'RE VISITING:
- School Supplies of All Kinds
- In Winter Months:
- Warm Clothing