05 November Monday

Mayor Uysal: We work to make Istanbul 'Disabled Friendly City'

The Gülseren Özdemir Special Education Application School was opened with the participation of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan today.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, mayor Uysal, ”We continue working with all our strengths to make Istanbul an accessible, disabled-friendly city and enable disabled citizens to wander around the city easily and participate in life” he said.

Gülseren Özdemir Special Education Application School located in Istanbul’s Küçükçekmece district was opened with a ceremony that was held in the presence of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Founded by the Limak Foundation, Gülseren Özdemir Special Education School has a capacity of 300 students.

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the first lady Emine Erdoğan, Ziya Selçuk, the Minister of National Education; Mevlüt Uysal, the mayor of Istanbul; Ali Yerlikaya, the governor of Istanbul; Mr. Nihat Özdemir, Chairman of Board of Directors of Limak Holding A.Ş; members of parliament, mayors, administrative managers, political party representatives, and as well as hundreds of people attended at the opening ceremony.

The school campus, comprised of a primary, middle and high school, is built on 5,000 square meters and will cater to children with mental disabilities as well as students with other disabilities in 27 classrooms. The school will also serve as a training center for special education teachers. Apart from classrooms, it houses open-air classrooms in its courtyard.

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said his country took “revolutionary steps” over the last 16 years for the disabled population to increase their participation in the society. 

“Today, 513,000 disabled individuals benefit from home care services in Turkey,” Recep Tayyip Erdogan said at the opening ceremony of a special needs school serving children with mental and physical disabilities in Istanbul. 

“At 97 rehabilitation and care centers throughout the country, 7,000 disabled people are being looked after,” said Erdogan.

Erdogan said the number of disabled people being looked after at private care centers has reached 16,000. 

He added a salary of around 650 Turkish liras ($119) is being paid on monthly basis to people with disabilities to support them. 

On Turkey’s 2023 vision, which marks the centenary of the Republic of Turkey, Erdogan said: “All kinds of plots were set up to distract us from these goals.

“Despite all, we have never given up our determination to walk towards our goals,” he added. 

Turkey's 2023 Vision sets specific targets for improvements in the areas of economic activity, energy, healthcare, education, and transport.

“We see [Turkey’s] 2053 and 2071 visions, which we will build on [the basis of 2023] goals, as the greatest legacy that we will leave for our children,” Erdogan added.

Erdogan was referring to 2053 that will mark the 600th anniversary of Istanbul’s conquest and 2071 that marks the 1,000th anniversary of Malazgirt Battle. 

The Battle of Malazgirt, also known as Battle of Manzikert, of Aug. 26, 1071, saw Seljuk Turks led by Sultan Alparslan defeat a Byzantine army and open up Anatolia for Turkish domination.

“The strong bond between our nation and state is our most important source of hope that allows us to look at our future with confidence,” he added. 

The president said that Turkey has grown three-fold over the past 16 years. “We will be able to reach our 2023 goals when we grow two-fold in the coming period,” he added.

“Then we will all go to a different level, a different league,” Erdogan said, adding the “new Turkey” will open the doors of a new term for itself and for the region. 


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