23 Nisan Children’s Day Celebrations in The Time of Pandemic…

Vicdan Babaloglu Akyurek
Mar 25 · 3 min read

“When you educate one person you can change a life, when you educate many you can change the world.” Shai Resef

April 23rd is celebrated as a holiday in Turkey as it is a National Sovereignty and Children’s Day. Not only it is celebrated nationwide as National Holiday but also by tradition kids receive gifts in celebration of this day. BTF volunteers decided to start a campaign to make this day extra special for the school kids who live in underprivileged areas in Turkey; and as a result 23NisanGifts4Kids have come to life!

Covid-19 has affected school age children everywhere in the world and rural school students in Turkey have been dealing with more problems since remote education was not an option for many of them due to either lack of virtual education or their families simply cannot afford electronic devices.

The new semester started after a long closure in Turkey on March 1st, 2021. Because school children were hit harder in rural areas during the pandemic, they need lifting up and be motivated more than ever. BTF volunteers and rural area school teachers are in constant communication via e-mail, phone conversations and whatsapp messages in order to better understand what they need most and to arrange the delivery of educational sets to schools.

We put together some of our 4Kids sets to help motivate the children after being away from school for so long. Our sets are Art4Kids, Backpacks4Kids filled with school supplies, Dictionaries4Kids, Kindergarten and Elementary level story books, EducationalToys4Kids, and Music4Kids. With the support of our donors, we already started having them sent to schools.

Below are the projects which we brought together to send to schools as 23NisanGifts4Kids:

Art4Kids — $250 Each Set

“Art is as natural as sunshine and as vital as nourishment.” MaryAnne F. Kohl

Backbacks4Kids with school supplies— $15 Each

“When you educate one person you can change a life, when you educate many you can change the world.” Shai Resef

Books4Kids — Kindergarten Set $200, Elementary Level Set $300

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” — Dr. Seuss

Dictionaries4Kids — $3 Each

“Learning another language is not only learning different words for the same things, but learning another way to think about things.” Flora Lewis

Educational Toys4Kids — Kindergarten Set $500

“Through unstructured exploration, we foster the development of imagination and creativity.” Beth Rosenthal Davis

Music4Kids — $500 Each Set

“Music education can help spark a child’s imagination or ignite a lifetime of passion. Music education should not be a privilege for a lucky few, it should be a part of every child’s world of possibility.” Hillary Clinton

A more detailed information about BTF4Kids sets could be found in this link: https://medium.com/building-bridges/2020-2021-btf-educational-projects-d1f252ba77be

Would you like to send 23NisanGifts to schools? If the answer is yes, please pick a school on Map4Good and e-mail us at info@bridgetoturkiye.org:

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