Students in eastern Turkey walk miles to access internet necessary to attend remote education

Duvar English

Students in the eastern province of Kars recorded a video from a high altitude spot they have to walk to for internet access, asking the Education Ministry for help with access to remote education during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The video, released by former main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) deputy Barış Yarkadaş shows the children sitting in a barren hill with their school books and phones, doing class work. 

“The lack of infrastructure in our village prevents us from participating in our classes,” said the university student who works as a teacher for the younger kids. 

While the younger children talked about having to walk one kilometer to the spot they were sitting, another one said that they were starting to get cold sitting outside as the winter approaches.

“We have to walk by rivers, canals, bridges, foxes, stray dogs… We never know what will happen to us,” said one student in the video, adding “Enough! Help us already!”

Yarkadaş said on social media that the education landscape during remote education wasn’t going as well as Ankara made it sound, as the government turned down a CHP proposal to supply students with equipment they need to access online education.

from Duvar English

About CHP EU Representation

The CHP was founded on 9 September 1923, about one and half month before the proclamation of the Republic of Turkey. The first President of modern Turkey’s oldest party was M. Kemal Atatürk. Today CHP is a social-democratic party, member of the Socialist International and associate member of the Socialist Group at the European Parliament. The scope of the CHP bureau in Brussels is not limited to the bilateral framework of Turkey's EU accession process. Issues such as the information society, energy policies, social development, climate change, international trade and security are among the different focus areas. The EU-Turkey relations are about integration and need multiple, plural and horizontal channels of communication. The CHP supports and promotes Turkey's EU membership process also by being more present and active in Brussels The CHP's Representative to the EU is Ms Kader Sevinç who previously worked as an MEP advisor at the European Parliament and in the private sector.
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