Darüssafaka Society was founded in 1863 with the aim of providing equality of opportunity in education to needy, talented children who had lost their fathers. Since then, it has maintained its presence with this mission of "equal opportunity in education".
The 151-year old Society, whose role is to raise funds via donations to finance the school, amended its statutes on 14 April 2012 and opened the doors of Darüssafaka Schools to also include students who lost their mothers. Today, Darüssafaka creates a better future for high-potential students who lost one or both parents and are from financially disadvantaged communities.
At its educational institutions, the Society provides high-quality formal education to eligible students, starting at fifth grade through to the end of high school.
On September 8, 120 new 5th grade students, who qualified in the Darüssafaka entrance exam this year, began their education at the Darüssafaka Schools, on a full scholarship and full boarding status. In addition, 5 students who lost their fathers in May in the Soma mine disaster, were admitted to the school without an exam.
Overall at Darüssafaka, there are 962 students from 67 provinces of Turkey in the 2014/15 academic year.
Darüssafaka works toward closing the achievement gap in Turkey by ensuring equal access to education. The Society is able to achieve this goal by offering full scholarships to all students who are admitted to its schools, thanks to the unwavering support of its donors. Darüssafaka Society receives no state funding. In addition to all educational expenditures, student’s daily needs such as clothing, accommodation, food, and health services are all covered by donations to the Society. Darüssafaka also supports its graduates by providing scholarships for their university education.
Each student at Darüssafaka is a member of one of the most extensive and connected families in Turkey. The sense of fraternity, and the support that comes with it, remain with our students throughout both their personal and professional lives.
Thank you once again for making these accomplishments possible and sharing in our mission to create "equal opportunity in education” in Turkey.