September 22 in one of the main educational centers of Ukraine – the Kharkiv Institute of Finance – two new computer classes, funded by the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency, were solemnly opened.
Coordinator of TIKA in Ukraine Hacı Bayram Bolat, Turkish Ambassador to Ukraine Yönet Can Tezel, rector of the Institute Konstantin Serdyukov, Consul of Turkey in Kharkiv Vladimir Bely and representatives of the Kharkiv authorities took part in the opening of the auditoriums equipped with technical and multimedia equipment.
After the traditional meeting of the Turkish guests with bread and salt, the rector of the institute, operating for 75 years, addressed the audience with a congratulatory word.
“TİKA provided us with very important support. Thanks to their assistance, two computer classrooms were created. Thus, a strong technical base was established for training. As the Ukrainians say, we look at the world in the same way. And we recognize that education plays a key role in the economy of the state. It is in schools and higher educational institutions that the future of the country is formed. So our future is in the hands of our students,” said the rector of the Institute of Finance.
For Turkey, the stable existence of the Ukrainian state remains a priority, Mr. Tezel stated. That is why the Republic supports its strategic partner in all possible spheres of life.
“We are trying to support Ukraine in all spheres. And we want Ukraine to stand firmly on its feet. And it's not just a friendly wish, it is one of our interests as well," the Turkish Ambassador to Ukraine said in his congratulatory speech.
After providing a short introduction about the activities of the Turkish agency in Ukraine, the coordinator of TİKA Hacı Bayram Bolat stressed that investments in the financial system of Ukraine are especially important and remain a priority for the Republic of Turkey.
“Over the past three years, since 2014, Turkey is considered the most generous country in terms of providing humanitarian assistance. According to the statistics of OECD [Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, - ed.], Turkey provided aid for $ 6 billion. The financial system is the basis of the state. Stability in the state begins with the proper functioning of the financial system. That's why cooperation with the institute specializing in the financial sector was one of our priorities," Mr. Bolat stressed.
Furthermore, within the framework of the visit of the Turkish guests, issues of development of Ukrainian-Turkish relations and further implementation of common projects were discussed.
In total, in 2016, the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency implemented around 40 projects across Ukraine, primarily aimed at social protection, development of health care and education.
Reportedly, in the near future a grand opening is also planned of the renovated premises in the Kyiv specialized school number 165, where Crimean Tatar and Ukrainian children from the organization Kırım Ailesi are studying.