We declared our report 'Preschool Religious and Moral Education in Turkey'


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Educators’ Trade Union and Memur-Sen President Ali Yalçın stated that pre-school education is a very critical period in terms of children's development and learning and he added “The supports received during this period directly affect the development of children. Therefore, the education received at an early age and the quality of this education becomes an important issue. Another important issue in pre-school education is the gap in the field of religious and moral education. Although significant progress has been made in religious education and teaching in primary and secondary education in our country, it is not possible to say the same for early childhood religious and moral education because there is no content for religious and moral development in preschool education programs.”

Ali Yalçın announced the report “Preschool Religious and Moral Education in Turkey” at the press conference held at the Memur-Sen Headquarters. The report had been prepared by Educators’ Trade Union Center for Strategic Research (EBSAM). Stating that there is a gap in the field of religious and moral education in pre-school education, Yalçın said that there is no content for religious and moral development in pre-school education programs.

Yalçın said “In this report we compared the religious and moral education in preschool education in Turkey and in other countries. In this report, after examining the general developments in preschool education, examples of countries and educational approaches to pre-school religious and moral education in the world are presented. In light of these assessments, pre-school religious and moral education in Turkey is discussed. Suggestions are made for the development of new education policies in this regard.”

Kaymakcan: This need does not disappear when we do not teach religion and morality.

Prof. Dr. Recep Kaymakcan, on the other hand, stated that when formal education is considered, it is seen that a religious education is not given officially until the age of 10, and that this need does not disappear when religious and moral education is not given in schools.

Stating that there is such a need and that they prepared this report considering that it is important and necessary to meet this need, Kaymakcan said, “In a democratic society, the duty of the state is to meet the demands of the people."We can say that religious and moral education, which will be carried out under the supervision and control of the state, will be more successful."

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