Turkish students volunteer in 2 African countries

By Gokhan Kavak

ABUJA, Nigeria (AA) – Turkish students are volunteering in the African nations of Chad and Mozambique as part of a program run by the Turkish state aid agency.

In the central African nation of Chad, the students volunteers visited the Furkan Orphanage in the capital N'Djamena and gave it a fresh coat of paint under the Experience Sharing Program of the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA).

Omer Faruk Agan, a student volunteer, told Anadolu Agency that his experience volunteering at the orphanage was invaluable.

” ;We came here as TIKA volunteers, to spend time with the children and help them, ” ; he said.

Bugra Duman of TIKA said they had seen the entire orphanage, including “the classrooms, living rooms, and the kitchens. ” ;

The young volunteers concluded their task by paying a visit to a local radio show to speak on Turkish-Chadean relations.

Under the same TIKA program Turkish students visited the southern African nation of Mozambique.

The student volunteers visited the Reserva Especial de Maputo conservation area and learned about nature photography.

The project enabled students of both countries to share their experiences and outlook on taking photos of living things. The project will continue to give the volunteers practical training.

TIKA, Turkish Airlines, Anadolu Agency, and Turkish Radio and Television Corporation (TRT) co-organized the 2018 Experience Sharing Program.

Under the program, TIKA is sending some 500 Turkish students from 117 universities to 30 countries between July 29 and Sept. 8 to take part in nearly 100 projects and activities in their host countries.

The program covers such countries as Niger, Albania, Bosnia Herzegovina, Burkina Faso, Algeria, Djibouti, Chad, Morocco, Ghana, Georgia, Cameroon, Montenegro, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Colombia, Lebanon, Macedonia, Mozambique, Namibia, Uzbekistan, Romania, Senegal, Serbia, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Jordan, Moldova and South Africa.

Turkish students look to Sudan to learn Arabic

By Abdullah Uluyurt

KHARTOUM, Sudan (AA) – Scores of Turkish students have made their way to Sudan in hopes of learning the Arabic language.

Sudan has drawn the attention not only of Turkish students, but of students hailing from almost 90 countries around the world who have come to Khartoum for the same purpose.

Turkish student Muhammed Ikbal Isik, who is currently studying theology in Sudan, says he decided — based on considerable research — to come to Khartoum to pursue his academic career.

” ;It’s great learning Arabic here, ” ; Isik told Anadolu Agency on Thursday. ” ;The fact that most Sudanese speak standard Arabic allows us to quickly adapt. ” ;

According to Furkan Ramazanoglu, another Turkish student at Khartoum University's medicine faculty, teachers at Sudanese universities tend to take a more practical approach to instruction.

This allows students to develop hands-on experience, Ramazanoglu said, going on to point out that many Sudanese doctors worked at prestigious hospitals around the world.

Around 150 Turkish students are currently enrolled at Sudanese institutions of higher education where they are pursuing studies in a range of fields, including medicine, engineering and Islamic law.

Turkish students visit Sudan, Niger

By Zuhal Demirci and Abdullah Uluyurt

ANKARA/ KHARTOUM, Sudan (AA) – University students in Turkey are visiting Sudan and Niger as part of a volunteering program.

Twelve students have reached Sudan and participated in a maintenance work at a school on Tuesday.

The students painted the walls of Nur-i Osmaniye education complex at Hasabe village in Omdurman province, tried to cover the needs of the school and played games with the students.

Harun Eray Karadelen, a student of Istanbul Technical University’s Mechanical Engineering Department, told Anadolu Agency: “We came to touch the hearts of our Sudanese brothers and sisters.”

Enes Fatih Yilmaz, another student from Afyon Kocatepe University’s Economics Department, said he believes their visit would leave “beautiful marks” on Sudan.

Another group of students have also begun their journey to Niger.

Abdullah Harun Talas, student of Beykent University’s Economics Department, said they would visit Niger-Turkey Friendship Hospital and an orphanage. He said they would also take part in renovation of a mosque.

“We will rebuild our sense of friendship with this program,” Talas added.

Esad Mucahit Eskimez, a student of Istanbul University’s Political Science and International Relations Department, told Anadolu Agency that they would stay in Niger for 9 days.

“Niger is one of the most affected countries in Africa from colonialism. We will have an opportunity to witness and understand what is happening there through this program,” Eskimez added.

A total of 200 students from Turkey are visiting 18 African countries from Aug. 5 to Aug. 30 to take part in development or aid projects and develop a sense of volunteerism under the “2017 Africa Experience Sharing Program”.

The program is organized in cooperation with Turkish Airlines, the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA), Anadolu Agency, Turkish Radio and Television (TRT) and nine non-governmental organizations.

More Turkish students join Africa project

By Zuhal Demirci

ANKARA (AA) – Sudan is the destination for a second group of Turkish students taking part in a special humanitarian program organized by the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) in cooperation with Turkish Airlines, Anadolu Agency and Turkish Radio and Television (TRT).

The 2017 Africa Experience Sharing Program will give 200 students the opportunity to visit several countries, including Tunisia, Libya, Somalia, Kenya, Algeria, Chad, Sudan, Ghana and Niger between Aug. 5 and Aug. 30.

The students will also visit Lebanon and Jordan as part of the program.

Nine NGOs are also involved in the project.

They will participate in social, cultural and humanitarian activities, renovating schools, orphanages, libraries and places of worship. They will also be involved in implementing local developmental projects.

Denizhan Ozsert, a senior student at Gazi University’s Department of Political Science and Public Administration, said: “We will visit the River Nile…and local NGOs, foundations, TIKA offices, [Turkey’s] embassy and an orphanage in Sudan.”

They will stay in the Sudanese capital Khartoum for 10 days.

Koray Kaya, a management student at Istanbul Aydin University, saw the program as an opportunity to understand the African people. “We should visit those regions that bear the stamp of our history and feel their heartbeat,” Kaya said.

In an organization related to the program last week, Serdar Cam, TIKA chairman, thanked Bilal Erdogan, deputy chairman of the Ilim Yayma Community Board of Trustees, for being the “pioneer” of the program.

Instagram revealed as Turkish students’ favorite app

By Ilgin Karlidag

ISTANBUL (AA) – Photo-sharing app Instagram is the most popular social networking service among Turkish youth, according to new survey results released Thursday.

In a report entitled ‘A Study On Young People’s Digital Habits,’ a Turkish media organization interviewed 810 students from 40 different universities between April 1-30 this year.

According to the results, 39 percent of respondents said they used Instagram the most while Facebook, which owns Instagram, came in second place with 26 percent and Twitter third with 17 percent.

Atakan Seniz, chair of the University Media Union, told a news conference in Istanbul on Thursday: “I don’t think anyone is denying the power of digital [media] anymore.”

Image-messaging app Snapchat was the fourth most-used multimedia mobile service among Turkish students with 14 percent of them at private universities saying they use it the most out of all social media apps.

Seniz said Instagram was more popular among female students while Facebook was more popular among males. He said the main reasons why Turkish students use digital media are to stay in touch with their friends (37 percent), to pass the time (18 percent), to watch videos (15 percent) and to conduct research (10 percent).

– ‘Stalking and addiction’

The survey found that 67 percent of respondents followed other people’s social media profiles anonymously.

“Female Turkish students stalk more compared to male students,” the report said Thursday.

While two out of four male students admitted having followed someone else’s social media profile in secret, three out of four female students admitted having done so, according to the report.

More female students (20 percent) have a fake social media account compared to male students (14 percent), the report said.

It looks like the use of social media is not going to decline anytime soon as the report also found that 31 percent of both female and male respondents said they perceived themselves to be social media ‘addicts’.

Female students not only perceive themselves as more addicted to social media compared to men, but also tend to delete their comments and shares more than male students, according to the report.