TPF believes that education is a human right for all throughout life and that access must be matched by quality. We see the role of education to prepare the new generation for the journey ahead of them.
In Turkey, the proportion of the population below age 15 is one of the highest among OECD countries. Yet, they remain below the OECD average in reading, mathematics, and science, particularly amongst disadvantaged students from low socio-economic backgrounds. 35 percent of 15-29 year-olds are neither employed nor in school. Average schooling is a mere 7.6 years and youth unemployment rate is 17 percent. There are various priorities that need to be addressed simultaneously, including improving equity between regions, and urban and rural areas; addressing the needs of disadvantaged students; investing in teachers and school leaders; accessing and completing secondary and higher education; and investment of quality in education.
TPF targets both equity and equality in education with the projects it supports.
TPF provides leadership in education, invest in strengthening the education system and responds to contemporary challenges through education with gender equality an underlying principle. Accordingly our programs focus on educational development from pre-school to higher education and beyond.
Our Goals are:
1. Advancing Policy: Supporting policies that explore ways to transform education systems, such that the entire system becomes a model of sustainability and provides ample opportunities to explore, debate, discover and learn. Accordingly, support programs that integrates quality education policy into the curriculum, teacher training, the development of learning materials and the learning environment.
2. Building capacities of educators and trainers: Support teachers to be able to prepare K-12 students to become responsible citizens capable of working towards an environmentally sustainable, globally interconnected, equitable and diverse society.
3. Empowering and mobilizing youth: A need to earn income is one of the main reasons for rising high-school drop-out rates. TPF not only provides students with scholarships to increase schooling but also invests in youth empowerment programs to enable students to feel financially secure enough to attend school. We also invest in programs that provide technical and vocational skills.
4. Investing in Infrastructure: Providing a safe, secure learning environment is vital to achieving our educational goals. When schools don’t have enough books, are missing toilets, need elevators for disabled or are reaching their capacity, they need funding to help improve their environment. That’s where TPF steps in. Turkish Philanthropy Funds’ partners help repair schools, build new classrooms, provide additional school supplies and update their technology.