GWLN/Education for Women in Turkey

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  • need for education - health, nutrition, money, business, English
  • self-study, small groups, local facilitator/tutor, remote instructor/provider
  • not credit-granting

Turkish language

translations, dictionaries - English to Turkish - can't judge how good these are, some are commercial sites selling products and services as well as providing free translation electronic translation services

  • Turkish-English & English-Turkish dictionary (more than 400,000 words/phrases specializing in business terms) by Ugur Yorulmaz Turkish version and English version

Turkish / English - side by side translations, familiar works, learning English

Open Educational Resources (OERs) in English - general education, lifelong learning


  • OER Commons - directory of free online course content, includes college too
  • museums - Europeana - Connecting Cultural Heritage


  • Flickr - images
  • ESL practice
  • - free community site that supports Turkish

online groups / community - sharing, informal learning, support

Open and distance education in Turkey and Turkish

Further investigation

  • access existing open education in Turkish - Turkish government, Turkish universities, education for Turkish-speakers outside Turkey
  • open (free) or open (distance) education - available remotely, cost/fees unknown

These quotes indicate that Turkish-language open educational is available in a range of levels (primary, secondary) and subject areas. Others who read and speak Turkish will need to verify the accuracy of these statements as well as the accessibility and usefulness of the resources and applicability to the intended learners.

  • Anadolu University - open education - 2- and 4-year degree and certificate programs, mandate from the Turkish Ministry of Education to educate Turkey's preschool and English language teachers - Courses are delivered by a variety of methods, including pre-recorded television and radio broadcasts, videoconferences, and via internet.

Republic Of Turkey, Ministry Of National Education - English Education statistics 2006-2007 (.pdf)

  • National Education At The Beginning Of 2002 - education must be in Turkish, not much about costs or fees other than reference to some scholarships and needs-based funding
  • Distance Education - based on 1999-2000 information, current status unknown
    Every Turkish citizen is provided with the service of distance education so as to realize equality of opportunity in education and to support education given in the institutions of secondary education. Within the scope of distance education services, open primary education school and open education high school are available.
    • opportunity of completing eight-year primary education. There are 137,847 students in open primary education school in the 1999-2000 school year.
    • Open education high school provides service for those students who were not able to continue in formal education institutions for various reasons, or who have passed the age for formal education or who want to move to open education high school while in formal education. There are 368,108 students in open education high schools in the 1999-2000 school year.

other information sources

  • UNICEF - educational and childrens' health initiatives in Turkey - programs, contacts

Next steps

  • interests - participants, partners
  • better understanding of availability of internet access, computers, technology support
  • small group to work through proof of concept - technology, distribution, interests
  • interests of learners
  • community aspect of the project
  • resources - available, required, costs, funding
  • communicate, communicate, communicate

online courses, facilitated groups, mentoring, tutoring

  • web access - computers, internet access
  • coordination - participants, courses, tutors, instructors
  • administration - internet accounts, membership/course fees

other learning and socialization

  • email - simpler, less online access required
  • online community - discussion, informal learning, questions and answers
  • in-person - small groups, class

other possibilities

  • encourage participants to develop knowledge and expertise to lead within the program
  • develop new educational resources