On September 30, a ceremonial opening of the renovated school premises equipped with modern technology was held at the Kyiv Specialized School No. 165, where children from the Crimean Tatar cultural and educational center Kırım Ailesi have their classes.
A lot of high-ranking guests took part in the opening. Apart from Head of the Crimean Tatar cultural and educational center Kırım Ailesi Anifa Kurtseitova, members of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Gayana Yuksel, Riza Shevkiev, as well as the Chairman of the Mejlis Refat Chubarov, the official opening was attended by the leader of the Crimean Tatar people, the Presidential Commissioner of Ukraine for Crimean Tatar People Mustafa Dzhemilev, Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey to Ukraine Yonet Can Tezel and Coordinator of the Turkish International Cooperation and Development Agency (TİKA) in Ukraine Haci Bayram Bolat.
Repair works and equipping of three school premises and the assembly hall of the Kyiv school lasted throughout the summer, so that the Kırım Ailesi started new academic year in even more comfortable conditions. And the opening of new premises was organized precisely for the beginning of the academic year of the Crimean Tatar Kırım Ailesi classes.
TİKA actively helped the Crimean Tatar people, in particular many national schools, in the Crimea before the Russian annexation of the peninsula. However, despite the actions of the aggressor country, this assistance continues today, as TİKA actively helps the Crimean Tatars in the mainland Ukraine.
"Organizations like Kırım Ailesi help to preserve the invaluable culture and traditions of the great Crimean Tatar people," Haci Bayram Bolat stressed.
Apart from repairs in the Kyiv school, the Turkish Agency has recently renovated a school in the village of Partizany of the Kherson region, where Crimean Tatars also live. As part of assisting a fraternal people, the hospitals in Melitopol, Zaporozhye region, were renovated and equipped as well.
Moreover, TİKA actively cooperates with the National University named after T.G. Shevchenko, where the department of the Crimean Tatar language and literature, as well as the center for the study of the Crimean Tatar language, were established last year.
However, Turkey's support of the Crimean Tatar people does not end with all these projects. Mr. Bolat said that in the future implementation of several more projects is expected. Among them is the restoration of the Crimean House, namely the renovation of the premises and the purchase of new equipment, as well as the opening of a new Ismail Gasprinsky research center.
At the end of his speech, Haci Bayram Bolat thanked Anifa Kurseyitova, members of the Mejlis and all the parents and teachers present for fruitful work on the establishment of such a center. He also expressed hope for further cooperation.
Another representative of the Crimean Tatar people - the famous Ukrainian singer, the winner of the Eurovision-2016 Jamala contributed to the renovation of the classrooms. She also presented the organization with some gifts of her fans, now the dolls and pictures adorn the music room.
“I decided that their place is in school, where children come and study. In my opinion, it is very important that children will have the opportunity to learn not only Ukrainian but also Crimean Tatar language. To study music and traditions ... This is essential, when we know that many people have left the Crimea. Their parents were oppressed for their political views. It is very important that children do not feel our sadness. That they learn and feel part of our society," Jamala stressed.
The singer went on saing that, if possible, she would try to come to Kırım Ailesi either with a master class for young students, or with new gifts.
The event was joined by the Mufti of the Spiritual Board of Muslims of Crimea in the mainland Ukraine Aider Rustamov, the Mufti of the Spiritual Administration of Muslims of Ukraine "Ummah" Said Ismagilov, the wife of the third president of Ukraine Katerina Yushchenko and the head of the Crimean Tatar State Enterprise Crimean Tatar filmmaker Akhtem Seitablayev.