Distinguished participants, distinguished guests who have come and honoured us with their presence in the course of our programme. Distinguished members of our educational system, ladies and gentlemen, I greet you with my full respects and dilecitons and I hope that the Global Education Summit will be crowned with success. I also hope that the summit will have a positive impact on our educational work and also for our teachers and students and I would like to thank my colleagues who have organised such a meaningful and important summit meeting. I would like to thank the Turkish ministries and municipalities and universities and other institutions who have helped into the organisation of the Global Education Summit. I would also like to congratulate everybody who will be holding a presentation here, those who are coming from abroad and I would like to welcome them all with my deepest respects and thankfulness on my personal behalf and on behalf of my country. We shall be listening here to the experiences in different countries and we would like to benefit from each other’s experiences. Our former Minister for Education Mrs. Nimet BAŞ, was the leading founder of the Association for the Future of Education. This association has spent major efforts in the field of training and education and they saw the needs in certain areas and apart from contributing to the remedy of that situation, also has been ready to share their long standing experiences in Turkey, with the representatives of the invited countries. All the projects that will be implemented, will serve further modernisation and renewal in our country. Dear friends, the world is changing itself at a high speed and the boundaries have been lifted by the speed. Technological advancements have an impact in all areas of our life and they force us to undergo a radical change and one of the most important areas in that respect is the education. It is now possible to withstand this wave of education, we had neither the need or the initiative or the intention to do that, but, we can orient the change and we could channelize it to the benefit of our population, this is our major responsibility in my opinion. To have initiation, it is very difficult to have a transformation period without being alien to the inborn values and the criteria of a country. Innovations, new models in training and to provide our children with proper technology is the duty of this government and we have to provide them with necessary infrastructure for that, so that they can be prevented from estranging themselves from their families, their countries, their values and so on and there is very sensitive balance to be kept in mind here. For one thing to be new, cannot be immediately adopted and implemented without checking whether it is compatible with our customs and the beliefs. Approaches like, “what is new is good and what is old is bad” is not acceptable for me because such an approach will only create problems and I would like to underline one issue here with, in particular, we have an estrangement problem recently and that has been one of the most important problems that has marked the last two hundred years of Turkey and this is a bleeding wound of our country for the last two hundred years and there are tens and hundreds of works on this topic, been in literature or been in history. The Turkish poet Recaizade Ekrem has created a character called Bihruz Bey, depicting not only the way how the westernisation in the European sense was conducted but also the way it was implemented, the same applies also to our famous poet and the comparing the wrong developments of his son and also, there is also generation of Asım, the son of Tevfik Fikret where these two characters are sufficient for us to understand the recent two hundred years of our country. We have had an Asım and the Çanakkale Warfare and Haluk is not seen either in Çanakkale or in the war of Independence. On the one hand there is a generation which tries to understand the west before turning its back to east and there is Asım who says, first comes my country and then comes the Haluk who has left his country, gone to Scotland and to the United States and died as a priest in a church. We also have other examples like that of still have their continuation in the present generations today, we have the live symbols Asım and Haluk in our daily everyday life and this is a different perspective from the Turkish side to the European side and this is not very solid relationship and also these approaches are also the product of the French educational problem. Haluk and Asım are the two figures showing how a country can transform its educational system either to the good or to the worse and the same examples should be taken as basis in recent initiatives to modernise our educational system. Distinguished friends and colleagues, Turkey has never become an annex country to foreign force, but in every period there have been an inferiority complex felt by certain groups in our country, which were ready to accept the values of the west and without any questioning and these are the Jacobin, easy going and copying attitude and this sector who could not give a proper future ideal to its population controlled the country for 30-40 years unfortunately. The late novelist Ahmet Hamdi Tanpınar defines this attitude as cultural denial, this is very important, because it was denial and also a suicide at the same time, this is what he says and therefore the value, the culture of our country do not have any worth at all for such people and the only way for progress is to go through the western values in their opinion and to adopt the western values without any criticism, but, Mehmet Akif says: “you should take the good sides of the west, culture, like the arts and the other areas”, in the last 13 years we tried to save our educational system from the command of this old system and the for this we have implemented all sectors are tried to be hindered by different circles. In the field of defence, for instance, but defence was not number one priority for us, number one priority for us was the schools, schooling and education system and the teachers, because, if you do not have the proper teachers, you can never be successful in the educational system. We started the FATIH project and we also started 4+4+4 system and this system was received with a major resistance, not by the Turkish people, but, by a group of people in the Turkish society, which is a minority in the country, who still wanted to do everything in the form and according to the values of the west. However we did not listen to them and we were capable of marking a great, many successes. Now let me share with you and my guests, the following information, in 2002 we had 544000 teachers in this country, in the last 13 years, 542000 new teachers were assigned, so, the figure is quite high right now and finally we reach 923300 teachers in total. Within the framework of the FATIH project, we have provided the interactive laptops and the computerised the smart laptops and computerised facilities, 1438000. New schools have been established, in the other day, yesterday evening, I was in Yozgat and I attended another inaugural reception there and I saw how the young generation can use the smart mode and also the new computer technologies and they are very confident in doing that, this is how they do their active lessons and there is much more to do, the classrooms should not go beyond 32 students, up to now the maximum number was 28, but there are classrooms of only 18 or 20 students. This is something else, but the classrooms where I had my education for instance, was composed of 75 students and there were other classrooms which were composed of 125 students. So, imagine the number of students per teacher and imagine the new situation right now, this was achieved in 13 years under our government. With the Turkish FATIH project, all classrooms have been comforted into computer technologies classrooms. In 13 years, 250000 new classrooms were constructed to reach the total number of 581000 and in the curriculum we have the choice of 20 different topics. Social sciences and sports high schools were established for the first time. The pre-school training is now very wide spread. Between 2001-2002, 289000 students were studying and in the curriculum, recently, reached 1250000, this is where the success lies. We try very hard that nobody should be deprived of receiving an education, so, we have an annual allocation of 2 to 3 thousands Turkish Liras as an assistance to the primary school students and the share of assistance for the vocational training was increased to %56. All these are, you are the biggest weaknesses for the gigantic reformation in the field of education which will continue also in the coming days and years. Dear colleagues, obviously, together with the other areas, Turkey is incomparable also with the situation 13 years ago, also in the field of education, we have put an end to this and thank God for that. Now, we have schools who are strong infrastructure and they also have classrooms for different purposes, because we used to do our sports class in our normal classroom, but we are now constructing the sports halls at schools in Turkey, because the children have to make use of sports activities either in closed or in open air premises. The parents no longer think whether they would have the money to but the school books of their children, but now, required school books are provided free of charge to the students at the beginning of the school year. Yesterday, when I was in Yozgat, when I was opening the Imam Hatip School, I said to one of the teachers, well, we have discussed before and let’s do another step, let’s start an industrial professional vocational school in Yozgat and he said, when, I already gave my promise Mr. President and I am just waiting for the construction grounds to start the construction and may be it will not be finished this year but certainly next year. Of course, this is an indication that nothing should be expected from the state, also in the field of education, when they see that the investments are done properly, also the people of the country make their donations more freely for the educational purposes and it is really a very moving experience and when I consider the time that was lost in the previous years of education, the damage, the features and so on, but right now, everything, every all this is behind us and we have the three stages of the primary school and also in the Turkish universities, the young girls who are wearing a headscarf are not checked by professors who are against their headscarves. This is not necessary now, because we need to have a young people with high potential who are pride of themselves, our educational system should be framed in this manner and on the one hand we will be emphasising our values and on the other hand, we will have to take into consideration, the whole world and we should restart our journey into the world in the way that Mevlana has recommended and for that we want and should go to new horizons. We should be either for the east or for the west, no, we should be aware of who we are, what culture we are, what do we have and we have to raise our future generations accordingly, our history is on the one hand under the influence of three Ibni Sina or other important characteristics. Nizamül Mülk is not only a person who shed light to his own area, Nizamül Mülk has created a new structure of training and teaching during the times of the Seljuk period. There are exceptions obviously, but in the world today, the historians, the architects and the artists who are not that many in our culture and this is also the result for our educational system and we see that these systems are no longer sufficient. Instead of having a one sided schooling, we have to discuss an out of the normal curricula. We should consider the human beings as the creations of the creator and our children have the particular positive traits that have been granted to them by the creator and when we talk to our families, we see that the most important problem is for us to be physically in the classroom, but elsewhere in our emotional world. This has to be changed, we have to change this for our students, so that they will concentrate on the lessons in the classroom and they should concentrate on the going zone in their schools. This is the target of our educational system and the target is not to create people who will be entrepreneurs, no, but they have to be people with certain values and in order to that we have to put our longstanding values at the centre of our educational system. The times in which we find ourselves is very suitable period for us to take such gigantic steps and the Turkish Republic has sufficient means and resources in order to realise that aim, obviously, this is not a job that can be done only by our Ministry of Education. This need cannot be postponed any longer, so it has to be owned by all the parties in the Turkish society, NGOs, universities, the teachers, professors, all the people who give an importance on this issue have to share part of the work done. For the two coming days, I believe that during this Global Summit Meeting you will be discussing all these issues, also in the coming two days and I hope that the Global Educational Summit will be crowned with success. I would like to congratulate everybody for their efforts and I would like to thank our guests who have honoured us here with their presence, thank you very much!