Hundreds of Nigerian students applied for scholarships to pursue their higher education in Turkey.
Students and professionals including doctors, engineers, and teachers from Nigeria hope to win scholarships from the Turks Abroad and Related Communities (YTB) and Turkish universities.
Aminu Idrisi Bala, 18, who applied for a degree in nursing, said: "I come from a place where there are very few doctors and nurses. If I become a nurse I will help my community as well as myself. I will save lives."
"I have a dream to study nursing at a university. My brothers and sisters could not go to school because of financial difficulties. I have five sisters and all of them could not continue their studies after middle school. I want to be different from my family, I wish to go to Turkey and study," he added.
Bala said he found out about Turkish scholarships on the internet.
"I saw Turkey provides quality education and I applied. If I win the scholarship and study in Turkey, I am sure I will get quality theoretical and practical education."
Another student named Abiola Ayangbola Husseini wants to study computer engineering. It has been two years since he graduated from high school.
He got accepted 14 times in different Nigerian universities but could not pursue his education due to financial difficulties.
Husseini said he has researched about Turkey.
"Turkey is one of the best places to live comfortably in the world. Turkey is rich in culture and its people are hospitable," he added.
Around 200 Nigerians who applied for undergraduate and graduate studies were interviewed by YTB.
Turkish students volunteer in Jordan
A group of Turkish students volunteering in the 2018 Experience Sharing Program have completed their activities in Jordan on Tuesday.Their visit to Jordan was part of the program organized by The Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA), in coordination with Turkish Airlines, Anadolu Agency and Turkish Radio and Television Corporation.The students attended works at Clothing Bank, which distribute clothes to those in need in the country. The students later established "TIKA Friendship Forest," where 571 pine trees were planted in 4 days.As part of the program, students also visited Turkey's embassy in Amman and Yunus Emre Institute's Turkish-Amman Cultural center, as well as the Amman Hejaz Railway Station that is being restored by TIKA.Ebrar Demir, a Bilecik University student and one of the participants of the program, said: "We have made new and beautiful friendships here... The bridge of hearts that we established heralds the beginning of making the world a better place."TIKA is to send some 500 Turkish students from 117 universities to 30 countries between July 29 and Sept. 8, within the framework of its 2018 Experience Sharing Program. The students will take part in nearly 100 projects and activities in their host countries.The program covers various countries of the world such as Jordan, Albania, Bosnia Herzegovina, Burkina Faso, Algeria, Djibouti, Chad, Morocco, Ghana, Georgia, Cameroon, Montenegro, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Colombia, Lebanon, Macedonia, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Uzbekistan, Romania, Senegal, Serbia, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Moldova and South Africa.The program includes interaction between the university students in Turkey and the youth living in different regions of Africa, Asia, Balkans and Middle East, where TIKA is supporting development projects.It also aims at building “friendship bridges” among the students.The program was first organized in 2017 by TIKA in cooperation with Turkish Airlines, Anadolu Agency and state broadcaster Turkish Radio and Television (TRT).Last year’s program was attended by 220 students, who visited 19 countries and fulfilled 28 projects.Turkish agency provides vocational training in GuineaTurkish students volunteer in SerbiaTurkish students begin voluntary work in Niger
Turkish agency provides vocational training in Guinea
Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) has provided welding and metalwork training in the Republic of Guinea.According to a written statement from TIKA, 36 trainees underwent the 45-day program aimed at increasing employment in the western African country.Turkish students volunteer in SerbiaThe trainees included teachers, students, technicians and industrial technicians who received certificates signed by TIKA president and Guinean Technical Affairs Ministry at the end of the training program.Practical training Ismail Gürlek, TIKA's Coordinator in Guinea told Anadolu Agency that necessary equipment used during the training program were provided by the agency.Those who successfully completed the program will travel to Turkey to learn about the Turkish industry, Gürlek said.Turkish buses ply streets of Guinean capital
Turkish students volunteer in Serbia
Ten students from Turkey volunteered in projects in Serbia as part of a special program of the Turkish state aid agency.The Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) experience-sharing program aims to instill in Turkish students a sense of volunteership with various projects across the world.For a week the volunteer team carried out a number of cultural and charitable projects and activities in Serbia."The young people helped organize a wonderful, effective, high-energy program," Çagla Gültekin Tosbat, TIKA’s Belgrade program coordinator, told Anadolu Agency.Turkish students volunteer in Niger, Tanzania, DjiboutiThe volunteer students helped clean and clear an Ottoman cemetery in Novi Pazar, a majority-Muslim city in southern Serbia.They also visited the Valide Sultan Mosque, which was renovated by TIKA in the city of Sjenica, in western Serbia.In 1870, Valide Sultan -- the only remaining imperial mosque in Serbia -- was built by the Pertevniyal Sultan, the mother of the 32nd Ottoman Sultan Abdulaziz, who reigned from 1861 to 1876.Turkish students begin voluntary work in NigerOn the last day of the program, the group visited the 15th-century Ottoman Ram Castle renovated by TIKA in the town of Veliko Gradiste in eastern Serbia.Turkish Airlines, Anadolu Agency, and the Turkish Radio and Television Corporation (TRT) were TIKA’s partners in the program.For its 2018 Experience-Sharing Program, TIKA will send some 500 Turkish students from 117 universities to 30 countries between July 29 and Sept. 8. The students will take part in nearly 100 projects and activities in their host countries.The program covers such far-flung 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.