CYDD has been supporting girls from disadvantaged families all over Turkey with high school scholarships. These girls are from everywhere, from remote villages in the east, to families living in big cities but who have migrated from eastern towns.
We have a story for every one of them but today we would like to write about some 100 girls we support from Hakkari and Yüksekova. Some of these girls are in their senior class and we provided them with notebook computers so they can attend free online CYDD courses given in Istanbul to prepare them for the university exams. Providing notebooks is not enough because nowhere in Yüksekova (except Yeni Mahalle) there is internet infrastructure. So we have to rely on phone companies and buy prepaid mobile hotspot cards to connect to internet through a mobile phone. Most families own a single mobile phone and one girl recently said “ I will make sure my mother will not leave home with her phone when it’s time for my online course.”
Some of the girls we support from Yüksekova are also members of a successful cross country skiing team with medals and have trainings every day after classes. With their trainer who also was a former CYDD scholarship girl, they ski for 15km every day if there is snow and when there is no snow on the ground they train on short skis with rollers. These girls all study hard to finish high school and go on to university with the support of CYDD and our valuable donors.
We hope to report to you next year this time, the success in the university exams of these senior year students who study in difficult conditions but keep up their hope thanks to our joint support.
We are getting ready for a new school year which will start in two months. Scholarship amount to be given to girls in secondary school and high school for 2022-2023 is increased by about 40% and will be 250TL/month for 10 months. We will continue giving scholarships to girls we have been supporting but the number of new scholarship recipients will be decided according to funds available in autumn.
These new students will also be given technological support; notebook computers and internet connection if they do not already have one. They will also be asked to attend the online Young Starfish and other STEM education projects which are designed by CYDD and given in collaboration with competent professionals. We aim to increase the number of students profiting from these educational projects by 15%.
We also have 1210 girls who graduated from high school in June 2022 and we are waiting for their university exam results. We hope this year at least 50% of the graduates will continue on to university and we will of course be supporting them with our university scholarship Project “You Can Light a Candle too.”
We look forward to your donations so that we can empower more girls this coming school year.
We are into our second school term supporting about 10.500 girls from secondary and high school with scholarships. To further empower these girls from disadvantaged backgrounds who attend public schools, we have started educational support programs. We are also supplying notebook computers to those girls who are attending these online CYDD education programs.
In October, 750 high school students have started the Young Starfish Program which is designed to give them 21st century competencies and now in the final module they are attending seminars in computer coding .
Younger students in secondary school are also attending another online program comprising of seminars on subjects such as math, STEM and introduction to philosophy. The first group of 250 students finished the program during the first school term; the second group of 250 students are now attending the weekly seminars.
Another program was designed to prepare girls for the university exams and this program alone increased the percentage of girls succeeding in the exams from previous year’s 17% to 33% last year. This means last year twice as many senior high school students were able to go on to university.
We wish to offer these programs to more students every year and have set up a special education Project division for this purpose.
We couldn’t have done all this on our own without your support. So thank you…
It is a long and difficult process to choose the girls eligible to be included in our scholarship programs. Their declaration of family income, number of siblings, marital status of parents are all checked in addition to school records and the students are interviewed one by one to determine their motivation to continue their education.
No matter how much we want, we cannot give scholarships to every applicant and each year the number of applicants is always much more than our scholarship program budget. This year the selection process was finalized recently and we are proud to announce that we have 2000 new girls in addition to the 8426 girls already benefiting from the program. 10,426 girls in total will be receiving scholarships for the 2021-2022 school year.
A new decision taken this year is to deposit the scholarships in monthly installments to the students’ bank accounts instead of depositing beginning of each term in two installments. This will be an extra burden on the accounting department but guarantees that the girls’ needs will be covered for ten months.
For this school year we had planned to have 1700 new students but with your valuable contributions, we can now support 2000 new girls.
We will soon be starting to accept scholarship applications from high school students of disadvantaged families for the new shool year. This year we hope to give scholarships to 1,700 new students. Together with our branches, the total of our high school scholarship recipients will be about 9,000 for the 2021-2022 school year.
We recently changed our scholarship policy to also include secondary school students starting at 5th grade in our Project. The 12 years of the Turkish education system at the moment is divided as 4+4+4 and we used to give scholarships for the last 4 years to keep girls in highschool and to enable them to continue on to university. However with the quality of education regularly going down in public schools, we decided to accept students after the first 4 years. This way we hope to increase their academic success and help their personal development with extra curricular seminars and trainings we hope to provide.
We also plan to give scholarships to students from families who suffered natural disasters, such as forest wildfires and floods this summer. Through our local branches, we are already determining these families in need.
As we increase our goals, we look forward to your donations as always..
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