Cagdas Yasami Destekleme Dernegi (Association in Support of Contemporary Living)

CYDD's mission is mainly to contribute to bring Turkey to the level of contemporary civilization by being a modern secular democratic society with due respect to law and commitment to peace. Its aim is to support the modernization of society through progressive education and to contribute to achieving equal opportunity to children and youth in access to schooling and use of modern educational tools. The Association believes that modernization of Turkey can only come about by overcoming ignorance. For this reason the association has been running campaigns to increase enrollment of girls population by utilizing civil and corporate funds toward establishing scholarship programs, building and ...

Cagdas Yasami Destekleme Dernegi (Association in Support of Contemporary Living)
Simal sok. no:10 Sishane Beyoglu
Istanbul, Istanbul 34430
Turkey
0090 212 252 44 33
http://cydd.org.tr

Board of Directors

Nihal Kizil, Ayse Yuksel, Aysel Celikel

Mission

CYDD's mission is mainly to contribute to bring Turkey to the level of contemporary civilization by being a modern secular democratic society with due respect to law and commitment to peace. Its aim is to support the modernization of society through progressive education and to contribute to achieving equal opportunity to children and youth in access to schooling and use of modern educational tools. The Association believes that modernization of Turkey can only come about by overcoming ignorance. For this reason the association has been running campaigns to increase enrollment of girls population by utilizing civil and corporate funds toward establishing scholarship programs, building and improving schools, building girls dormitories, libraries, opening classrooms for preschoolers, becoming the voice of civil citizens by staying independent of politics but also voicing opinion when deemed necessary. Special attention is placed to areas in Turkey which are economically underdeveloped and also the areas in the big cities which have received domestic migration. The 100 branches of our organization also run their own projects according to the local needs of the area they functioning mainly on subjects such as gender equality, human rights, community leadership. Activities such as giving scholars to students of low income families, supporting schools by renovating or making boarding facilities for the students or the teachers, building libraries and preschool classrooms , establishing social centers for both the children and adults. At these places activities such as informative seminars , , summer and winter schools,youth gatherings and confronces, organizing various cultural and musical events, seminars and discussion groups.

Programs

The major accomplishment is creating awareness about girls enrollment which became one of Ministry of Education's national goals and also an area that European Union decided to support. CYDD has contributed to this objective by generating scholarships to 60,140 economically disadvantaged girls attending to primary and secondary schools to date and is still continuing. Another accomplishment is establishing 767 classrooms for preschoolers and 558 playgrounds while arguing that this is a very important step for a child for adapting himself to a learning environment. Preschool education has also become one of Ministry of Education goals and being supported by European Union. Other Current Programs: Scholarships for 60,140 girls in High School to date and 85,718 current Scholarships for University and Academy Students; Improvement of 115 Elementary Boarding Schools, Construction and Improvement of Schools, Student Dormitories and Community Centers (1 high school, 36 dormitories, 24 primary schools, 30 village schools, 30 primary schools), Establishing Libraries and Book Campaigns (303,615 books to 1182 schools), Schools Support Programs, Summer and Winter Classes, Literacy Courses for Women, European Community Grant Projects (Youth in Action), Project of sending instruments to Anatolian Fine Arts High Schools of 35 cities and many more

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