After the opening of Greek minority schools in Gökçeada, the Greek population on the island started to increase.

Türkiye
Wed, 10 Jul 2024 9:19 GMT
After the opening of Greek minority schools in Gökçeada, the Greek population on the island started to increase.
After the opening of Greek minority schools in Gökçeada, the Greek population on the island started to increase.

With the decision of the Turkish Government, the Greek minority primary school in Gökçeada started to operate again in 2013 and education was carried out with 4 students in the first year.

In 2015, after the repair and restoration works, the first Minority Secondary School and High School started to operate. After the opening of the two schools, it was possible to complete compulsory education on the island according to the Turkish education system. Speaking to the Athens - Macedonian News Agency (AMNA), Stelios Barberis, Director of the Greek Minority Primary School in Gökçeada, said that this year 18 students studied at the school and six of them graduated, while at the Minority Secondary School and High School, three graduates were given out of 30 students.

Stating that their cooperation with the Turkish Vice Principal of the school is excellent, Barberis said that Turkish lessons are taught by teachers from Turkey and Greek lessons are taught by teachers from the Greek minority and teachers from Greece. Stating that there are many young couples who moved to the island permanently after the schools became operational, Barberis emphasised that the minority population, which decreased to approximately 200 people in 2000, has increased to 700 people today.

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