Bilal Çelik, chairman of Turkish charity the Nil Organization said Wednesday that while preparations for the school building were under way, a test was made to select the students to the school, and over 1,000 applications were made to the school.
A total of nine Turkish teachers will work at the school, Çelik said.
Celik added that maths, physics, chemistry and computer lessons would be in English, social lessons would be in Somali and religion lesson would be in Arabic. He added that it would be compulsory to select Turkish as a foreign language which would be given 11 hours in a week.
This is the first proof that Turkey is continuing to make good on its promise to invest in Somalia’s infrastructure.
On August this year, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan visited Mogadishu and several refugee camps in Somalia, pledging more aid in cash and infrastructure.
Turkey has been a leader in the international community for its impressive and ongoing aid to Somalia, which is experiencing the worst drought in 60 years.
The U.N.’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affair (OCHA) said Wednesday that more than 2.2 million Somalis have received food assistance, mostly in the famine-stricken south. However, the office said nearly two million others still urgently need aid.