World Bulletin / News Desk
Turkish students will have a lesson of "discrimination" as first subject at schools that starts on Monday in another move Turkish government apparently decided within "new Kurdish opening".
Elementary and preschool students started class early in order to get them used to school education and they will also take "compliance programme" until September 18.
Students under this program will participate in various activities under the supervision of teachers. They will get accustomed to their schools, friends and teachers
This academic year, about 1 million 292 thousand students did enroll in the elementary schools. 2009-2010 academic year will begin on Thursday, September 24. Some private schools that received permission from the Ministry of Education is launching the academic year today.
The first half of the academic year will end in January 2010 and students wil get a break for 22 days until February 5. The second semester will begin February 8 and end June 18.
First lesson: Discrimination
Turkish National Education Minister Nimet CubukCu said the Ministry issued a "First Lesson" notice by the approval of the Board of Education and Discipline, and they wanted the subject to be "discirimination" for the first course. .
Upon the questions whether the elected subject is related to the government's Kurdish opening, Minister Cubukcu said, "such comments can be. This is basic philosophy of our government and we have had."
"Our aim, in particular, is not to raise our children with the idea of discrimination and to give them fundamental human rights as well as rule of law to provide social peace, perhaps the most important is the discrimination against children. I want them to be young people who grow up without discriminating against disadvantaged sectors, mainly minorities, disabled people, women, or against religion, language, race, gender, who have democratic maturity.
Erdogan announced that his government initiated a move to deal with the Kurdish issue and the Ministry of Interior was assigned with the coordination of this task.
As a first step, Interior Minister Atalay held a press conference to inform the public about the government's "democratic move" to address the "Kurdish Issue".
Atalay made clear that this was a process where measures would be shaped along the way through consensus of all state organs and all components of the society.
Atalay visited several political parties and non-governmental organizations.
The government has given few details on the latest reforms, which are expected to focus on cultural issues, such as allowing Kurdish teaching in universities, restoring Kurdish village names and allowing Islamic sermons in Kurdish.
However, the main opposition CHP and the second opposition party Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) refused to meet Atalay.
Erdogan's government hopes broadening Kurdish rights will help end the conflict with the outlawed PKK. More than 40,000 people have died since the PKK took up arms against the Turkish state in 1984.