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Old 14th January 2015, 20:34   #1 (permalink)
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Elementary Schools in or around akbuk or didim or fethiye

Hello, this is my first post here. Myself and my turkish husband are seriously considering moving to Turkey. We have 3 year old twin girls. We are thinking of moving to akbuk or didim or fethiye. We still have alot of research to do on the locations but our main focus is on the school that our girls will be attending. We are planning on moving out to Turkey in September of this year so our girls will have one year at a crèche/nursery before starting mainstream school. I would really appreciate any advice or Information on the schools in the areas.
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Re: Elementary Schools in or around akbuk or didim or fethiye

Hello & welcome to the forum.

I am sure there will be plenty of members who will give you lots of useful help and advice. Good luck
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Welcome , ask away , good luck.

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Re: Elementary Schools in or around akbuk or didim or fethiye

Hi, i would love to hear and suggestions on primary schools in and around the areas of didim, fethiye, izmir. I still researching into areas so all suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Would love to get in contact with any familys with school age children too.

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Re: Elementary Schools in or around akbuk or didim or fethiye

Hi,
Welcome to the forum.

I'm based near Izmir and I am happy to answer any questions about this region, unfortunately I can't help with the Didim or Akbuk regions.

I would just say (and this is my personal opinion) that after residing in Turkey for 13 years, raising two daughters here, I would not want to live in a resort. Resorts are great if you rely on the tourism industry for employment, or if you're retiring, but I feel living close to a main city such as Izmir offers many benefits that aren't available in many of the resorts.

My basic advice to relocating with school-aged children would be:

Try to stick to smaller schools - don't be swayed by people who claim "This school is the best in the area" when it has 45 children in a class.


If you're considering state schools be aware that (depending on area) you could be asked to financially contribute to the schools maintenance. This can include anything from chipping in to pay heating bills, telephone bills, photocopying; you may also be asked to perform tasks such as washing the classroom curtains, or school desk covers.


Teachers move around a lot - one thing many foreigners don't realise is that government positions such as teachers, policemen, prosecutors, judges, are moved around every 3 -5 years (some exceptions) and so choosing a school based on a particular headmaster or teacher might ultimately be pointless.

Ask about immunisations at school - they immunise at school and don't always ask permission. My eldest daughter was 3 years old when we relocated to Turkey and at the age of 7 she had a repeat jab at school without notification, of something which was administered in the UK. Luckily it wasn't dangerous, but you may want to pay attention to this.

The school system in Turkey has changed every year for the past few years - the exam system has also changed and it is likely to change again next term (according to Turkish news reports) this is something which has concerned many parents in Turkey, so read up about the pro's and con's of the current system before deciding on a state school (private schools have a way of adapting, and international schools follow foreign curriculum, such as MEF in Gazemir in Izmir).

Home schooling is an option.

Last but not least, religious classes are compulsory unless you apply in writing during the first semester of the first school year of your child's education. To avoid religious education classes you also have to refrain from writing 'Muslim' on the ID card - this is a recent regulation change and a bone of contention in Turkey between the current ruling party and the Alevi faith followers. I have no idea if this applies to you but I thought I'd mention it.

The education system is being Islamified, it's another topic worth reading up on.

TURKEY - Inequality of opportunity grows in Turkey's educational system

Turkish parents complain of push towards religious schools | World news | The Guardian

Dozens detained around Turkey in school boycott - RIGHTS

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Re: Elementary Schools in or around akbuk or didim or fethiye

Hi Charlotte

Thank you very much for your response and advice. I will definately take on board of your advice. Weve been looking more closely on areas in and around Izmir like Guzel camli and other surrounding areas. Do you have know of this area or other similar areas. I think we would like to be within a good walking distance to a main town but away from the busy streets. Do you know of other mixed families like myself. We have decided to come out to Turkey probably Izmir and spend a few months checking out some areas that weve researched and getting a feel for places and then hopefully we'll know which places feels right for us.

Thats great to hear about possiblility of getting involved with the school my children would go to as i would prefer to be involved in any way and anything that could aid to my childrens education.

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