Every Child Survives and Thrives: UNICEF’s Sustainable Development Goal Area 1

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015 to end poverty, reduce inequality and build more peaceful, prosperous societies by 2030. Also known as the Global Goals, the SDGs are a call to action to create a world where no one is left behind.

Each year UNICEF produces Global Annual Results Reports (GARRs) in advance of the Annual Session of the UNICEF Executive Board in June.

This report details UNICEF’s and its partners’ contributions to Goal Area 1 in 2019, as well as the impact of these achievements on children and their communities.

As Broken Chalk editorial group, we skimmed through the report and summarized it for our readers.

Here are some highlights from the Goal Area 1 Report:

Every child survives and thrives

UNICEF is focusing on solving the major obstacles that have slowed progress in children’s survival, growth, and development. In 2019, worldwide program spending in Goal Area 1 totaled $2.15 billion across 152 countries. UNICEF also works with teenagers to ensure that they receive services in the areas of health, nutrition, HIV/AIDS, and other issues. The organization works in a variety of fields.

Health

UNICEF’s health programming is informed by human rights approaches and principles. In 2019, health programs were implemented in 119 countries with the help of 1,079 technical staff.

UNICEF put a specific emphasis on increasing the quality of care at the time of birth in 2019. It is hastening global efforts to improve neonatal care for small and sick newborns.

Highlights from the chapter:

– UNICEF-supported programs resulted in 27.4 million live births in health facilities.

– More than 6 million women received two or more doses of the tetanus toxoid vaccine.

– UNICEF assisted 31 countries to improve the quality of maternal and newborn care in areas where neonatal and maternal mortality are high.

– In high-burden nations, 3,008 healthcare facilities have increased access to WASH to improve the quality of maternity and neonatal care.

Nutrition

UNICEF prioritizes interventions to prevent all forms of malnutrition. Well-nourished children are more likely to survive and thrive. Early detection and treatment of children with life-threatening wasting are critical to saving lives, says UNICEF.

Highlights from the chapter:

  • UNICEF supports the provision of nutrition services to school-aged children and adolescents to improve nutrition knowledge and skills, promoting healthy eating habits, and providing vitamin and nutrient supplementation when necessary.
  • UNICEF prioritizes the early detection and treatment of children with severe acute malnutrition (SAM). About 5 million children with SAM were reached with treatment and care in 2019. Of the children admitted for treatment, 88 percent fully recovered in 2019 compared with 82 percent in 2018.

HIV and AIDS

The global coverage for antiretroviral treatment among pregnant women living with HIV has nearly doubled. This translates to 150,000 new infections in children in 2019, far short of the end 2020 target of <20,000 per year.

Highlights from the chapter:

  • Treatment is life-saving for the 1.8 million children living with HIV, and just over half have access to treatment. Treatment coverage has stalled in the last four years and far from the global target of 95%. Mortality has declined due to the prevention of mother-to-child transmission efforts.
  • In 2018, an estimated 1.6 million adolescents (10–19 years old) were living with HIV, up 4% from 2010.
  • The number of new HIV infections among adolescent girls and young women (15–24) is still three times greater than the global target established for 2020.

Early Childhood Development

In 2019, there was a considerable increase in recognition and repeated commitments across sectors, including governments, UN agencies, CSOs, and corporations, to improve collaboration and investment in Early Childhood Development (ECD).

Highlights from the chapter:

  • With established government ownership and a costed action plan, 45 nations are on pace to scale up multisectoral ECD packages.
  • With a national strategy or action plan in place, 83 countries have created an enabling policy environment for ECD.
  • The ECD in the Emergency program provided play, stimulation, and early learning opportunities to 61,000 children affected by humanitarian situations.

The Outlook

The world is currently not on track to meet sustainable development goals. UNICEF will aim to ensure that children’s right to survive and thrive services are protected. The agency will look for opportunities to harness new technology and innovations to reach children and families most at risk during the ensuing economic downturn due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The world needs to take bold steps to create a world that helps children survive and get the best start in life.

This coverage by the Broken Chalk foundation is an excerpt from UNICEF’s official report site. For further details and the full report please visit the site

 

Press Release: Enforced Disappearances of Educationist Orhan Inandi

Reactions continue against the arbitrary detention of educator Orhan Inandi, who was kidnapped 9 days ago in Kyrgyzstan and allegedly held in the Turkish Embassy in Bishkek.

A group of activists gathered in Amsterdam Dam Square, the capital of the Netherlands, and called for educator Orhan İnandı to be found immediately.  Mr. Erdinc Demirkok reads the press release of Broken Chalk on the Enforced Disappearances of Educationist Orhan Inandi.

To download the press release as pdf please click the Orhan_Inandi_Press_Release_eng

 

Mohammed Ayat, Chair of the Committee on Enforced Disappearances, said tens of millions of disappearances are perpetrated around the world, with the daily number climbing towards 1,000 a day.[1]

 Another enforced disappearance occurs last week in Kyrgyzstan. Dual Turkish-Kyrgyz Citizen Educationist Orhan Inandi has been missing since May 31, 2021. Inandi is under the risks of torture, removal to Turkey.[2]

Orhan Inandi has been serving in Kyrgyzstan since 1995. He has been the chairman of International Sapat Educational Institutions since 2001.[3] The Turkish government in 2019 accused İnandı of links with the Gülen movement.[4]

Since 2015, hundreds of men alleged by the Turkish authorities to have links with the Gülen movement, living in countries around the world, have been arbitrarily detained and forcibly returned to Turkey. All these people are faced with very serious human rights violations in Turkey.

According to Turkey’s Justice Ministry, Turkey requests 807 people from 27 countries. Among those, 116 were transferred to Turkey as of July 2020.[5] In recent years some Turkish teachers have also been extradited from Albania[6], Kosovo[7] , and Malaysia[8] to Turkey.  The United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention found both parties guilty in those cases.

Allowing İnandı’s rendition to Turkey would violate Kyrgyzstan’s obligations under the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman, or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, which it ratified in 1997. Article 3 of the convention includes an absolute prohibition on extraditing or returning anyone to a place where they risk being tortured. His forcible return could also set a worrying precedent in Kyrgyzstan.[9]

We request the Kyrgyzstan authorities for an urgent, transparent, and open investigation of the Disappearances of Inandi.

We call all the international bodies, human rights defenders, and every member of the public to raise their voices for the  Disappearances of Inandi, before it is too late.

Broken Chalk announces it to the public with due respect.

Broken Chalk*

 

*Broken Chalk is a human rights organization and mainly concentrates on violations in the educational field.

[1] https://www.un.org/press/en/2020/gashc4297.doc.htm

[2] https://www.hrw.org/news/2021/06/09/kyrgyzstan-missing-dual-turkish-kyrgyz-citizen-risks-torture-removal-turkey

[3] https://24.kg/english/195976_Sapat_educational_institution_asks_for_help_in_search_for_Orhan_Inandi/

[4] https://nordicmonitor.com/2019/08/5045/

[5] https://www.aa.com.tr/tr/15-temmuz-darbe-girisimi/firari-fetoculer-icin-105-ulkeyle-yurutulen-iade-trafigi/1908422

[6] https://spcommreports.ohchr.org/TMResultsBase/DownLoadPublicCommunicationFile?gId=25127

[7]https://www.ohchr.org/Documents/Issues/Detention/Opinions/Session88/A_HRC_WGAD_2020_47_Advance_Edited_Version.pdf

[8] https://www.ohchr.org/Documents/Issues/Detention/Opinions/Session81/A_HRC_WGAD_2018_11.pdf

[9] https://www.hrw.org/news/2021/06/09/kyrgyzstan-missing-dual-turkish-kyrgyz-citizen-risks-torture-removal-turkey

A parliamentary committee of Kyrgyz Republic has issued an urgent statement on the abduction of Educationst Orhan Inandi

Translated from: Парламент комитети Орхан Инандынын уурдалышы боюнча чукул кайрылуу таратты

The Parliamentary Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defense, and Security has sent an urgent appeal to the relevant government agencies on the disappearance of public figure Orhan Inandi.

The text of the appeal:

On May 31, 2021, Orhan Inan, President of Sapat Educational Institution, well-known educator, Candidate of Pedagogical Sciences, Associate Professor, Laureate of the Medal of Honor of the Kyrgyz Republic, public figure, was abducted by unknown individuals in Bishkek. His whereabouts are still unknown. The shocking news spread like wildfire, causing panic in the Kyrgyz community. Civil society, education teachers, thousands of alumni, and their parents have expressed concern and called on the authorities to take decisive action.

The crime was also covered in the international media and made headlines. Kyrgyz President Sadyr Japarov also reacted to the disappearance of Orhan Inandi, instructing the State Committee for National Security and the Interior Ministry to intensify the search and attract additional forces.

The Kyrgyz intelligentsia, led by Roza Aitmatova, has also expressed concern and called on the country’s leadership to continue its efforts to find survivors.

In his address to the President and the Jogorku Kenesh, prominent members of the public noted that the fate of Orhan Inan is closely linked not only with his personality but also with the independence of Kyrgyzstan. According to them, no external force should infringe on the dignity and life of a respected teacher, a Kyrgyz citizen, who has made a significant contribution to the education system of independent Kyrgyzstan.

Article 24 of the newly adopted Constitution of the Kyrgyz Republic of April 11, 2021, states: “The Kyrgyz Republic shall ensure the rights and freedoms of all persons within its territory and under its jurisdiction. No one shall be discriminated against on the basis of sex, race, language, disability, ethnicity, religion, age, political or other beliefs, education, origin, property or another status, or any other circumstance. ” We adopted the Constitution to ensure the rule of law, justice, and equality.

Therefore, no one has the right to overturn the confidence in the new Constitution and the new government. It is the duty of the relevant law enforcement agencies to investigate this criminal and resonant incident, which took place in the capital of our country in the middle of the night and to reveal the real situation.

There is speculation in the community that this was done with foreign intervention. If the hypothesis is confirmed, one of the main tasks of the state is that the Cabinet of Ministers must take decisive steps to protect the rights of our citizens from violence abroad.

Contributing to Cultural Diversity

I WANT TO INFORM YOU SHORTLY ABOUT BROKEN CHALK AND OUR PROGRAM.

As you know in the globalizing world people reach whatever they want. Although it seems like making life easier, unfortunately, on the other hand, there is a rapidly increasing in violence, starvation, ignorance in different parts of the world.

That’s why Education plays an important role.

What makes Education so important is that it can help us eliminate the evils, violations, and problems in society,  introduce and increase the good.

Broken Chalk Foundation, in March 2019, was founded by a group of educators abroad who experienced and have been experiencing severe human rights violations in Turkey who had to ask for asylum currently in several countries.

Broken Chalk wants to draw the attention of the public and stakeholders that Education is in danger in several different parts of the World.

We are aware of the significant role that education plays in the development of societies, as well as its contribution to an individual’s future. We believe that this development and change will only occur with a social impetus and with the participation of people from all layers of society.

Broken Chalk aims to remove barriers to education and to be the voice of people who faced human rights violations at the scope of education in the world for them to overcome their challenges.

Broken Chalk opened its door to all individuals from all across the globe, from all professions, and to all individuals.

IF YOU WANT TO BE A MEMBER OR VOLUNTEER IN BROKEN CHALK OR IF YOU WANT TO DONATE YOU CAN FIND OUR LINKS  ON THE TOP RIGHT OF THIS PAGE.

This program was prepared by the education volunteers of the Broken Chalk Foundation to contribute to building solidarity and tolerance, intercultural dialogue, and activities, emphasizing the possibilities of living together with our cultural differences.

FIRST OF ALL, I WANT TO GIVE INFORMATION ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF THIS DAY.

IT IS OFFICIALLY KNOWN AS ‘’ THE WORLD DAY FOR CULTURAL DIVERSITY FOR DIALOGUE AND DEVELOPMENT.

THE UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY FIRST DECLARED THIS WORLD DAY IN 2002

EVERY YEAR ON 21 MAY IT IS CELEBRATED BY UNITED NATIONS AND THIS DAY IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO HELP COMMUNITIES UNDERSTAND THE VALUE OF CULTURAL DIVERSITY AND LEARN HOW TO LIVE TOGETHER IN HARMONY.

 

THE WORLD DAY FOR CULTURAL DIVERSITY FOR DIALOGUE AND DEVELOPMENT IS AN OCCASION TO PROMOTE CULTURE AND HIGHLIGHT THE SIGNIFICANCE OF ITS DIVERSITY AS AN AGENT OF INCLUSION AND POSITIVE CHANGE.

 

WE ARE BEGINNING WITH USA AND DR FERHAT OZTURK IS GOING TO GIVE US A PRESENTATION ABOUT “Community Engagement Activities’’

  • Dr. Ferhat Ozturk is the events coordinator of Raindrop Foundation San Antonio since 2019.

Dr. Ozturk received his Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Biology from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2007 and studied at the University of Nebraska Medical Center as a postdoctoral researcher. He served as founding chair of the Molecular Biology and Genetics Department of Canik Basari University in Samsun, Turkey.

Following the July 15th coup attempt, Dr. Ozturk was among the persecuted academicians; thus, he left Turkey and resettled in the US in 2016. He worked as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Alma College of Alma, Michigan.

As a long-term human rights activist, Dr. Ozturk serves at various committees of the Advocates of Silenced Turkey (AST) and is the spokesperson of Scholars Rights Watch (SRW), which focuses on raising awareness about the persecuted academicians.

To download the presentation from Ferhat Ozturk: About Raindrop Foundation comp

  • Isa Erbas (ALBANIA)

DR Isa ERBAS is a lecturer at the Department of Education and English language, Beder University, Tirana-Albania. He is also an administrator at the Turgut Ozal High School Tirana. Dr. Erbas has worked in different educational institutions since 1999.

His presentation is about

‘’The significant role of youth in advancing intercultural dialogue in society’’

To download the presentation from Isa Erbas:  Isa Erbas-DIALOGUE Språk og kultur – 18.pptm

  • KERIM KARA (NORWAY)

I hold a Master’s degree in linguistics and worked as a language teacher in an international school in Vietnam for 8 years.
I have been living in Norway since 2017.

I have been the project manager of the Language and Culture Association in Trondheim since 2018 and working as a coordinator at Church dialogue Center since 2020.

He is going to make a presentation with the title ‘’ Celebration of diversity”

To download the presentation from Jerim Kara: Språk og kultur – 18.pptm

  • MUSTAFA OZ (ROMANIA)

I have been working in Romania since 2000. During this period, he worked as a teacher and school manager (16 years) at Lumina Educational Institutions operating in Romania. Since September 2020, he has been working as the manager of Ass. for dialog And Universal Values-PresidentAss. for dialog And Universal Values-President

He is going to make a presentation about the ‘’multiculturalism in Romania’’

To download the presentation from Mustafa Oz: Cultural diversity in Romania-4

AFTER THE PROBLEMS IN TURKEY THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE MOVED TO DIFFERENT COUNTRIES ALL AROUND THE WORLD. AND I BELIEVE THAT THIS MOVEMENT WILL CONTRIBUTE TO THE CULTURAL DIVERSITY IN THE WORLD. AND THESE INTERACTIONS WILL ENABLE SOCIETIES TO GET TO KNOW EACH OTHER BETTER, AND PERHAPS REDUCE PROBLEMS AND HOSTILITIES BETWEEN SOCIETIES.

 

Burhan Kasap, Moderator

 

 

 

Contributing to Cultural Diversity

World Day Cultural for Diversity for Dialogue and Development

Webinar on World Day Cultural for Diversity for Dialogue and Development

with the theme of “Contributing to Cultural Diversity”

Day: 21 May 2021
Time: 19:00 CET
Venue: Virtual
For Free, Registration Please Click the Link 
To Watch Live on Youtube Please Click the Link

Moderator:

Burhan Kasap,

Broken Chalk, The Netherlands

“I worked 7 years as an English Teacher In Turkey. I also worked in different Educational organizations and we made different projects for the students. I have been living in Netherland since 2018.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Speakers:

 

Isa Erbas, PhD.

Turgut Ozal High Sch., Albania

The significant role of youth in advancing intercultural dialogue in society

 

Dr. Isa Erbas is a lecturer at the Department of Education and English language, Beder University, Tirana-Albania. He is also an administrator at the Turgut Ozal High School Tirana. Dr. Erbas has worked in different educational institutions since 1999.

He has finished his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in the program of the English language and Teaching at Penza State Pedagogical University, Penza-Russia. In addition to his master’s degree in English Language and Teaching, he has also finished his second master’s degree in Political Science and International Relations at Epoka University, Tirana-Albania. He has received his Ph.D. degree in Political Science and International Relations at the Tirana European University. He has taken pieces of training from the Oxford University Department for Continuing Education and Oxford University Press about ELT Management and Teaching English to Teenagers. Dr. Erbas has delivered presentations in conferences, symposiums, seminars, etc., and published articles in various journals.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/isa-erbas…

 

Kerim Kara,

Language & Culture Ass., Norway

Celebration of diversity

I hold a Master’s degree in linguistics and worked as language teacher in an international school in Vietnam for 8 years.
I have been living in Norway since 2017. I have been the project manager of Language and Culture Association in Trondheim since 2018 and working a coordinator at Church dialogue Center since 2020.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/kerim-kar…

 

Mustafa OZ,

Ass. for Dialog & Universal Values, Romania

Multiculturalism in Romania

I was born in Kahramanmaraş / Turkey in 1977.
Graduate of Middle East Technical University (METU-ODTÜ ) Chemistry Teaching – 2000
Master in Educational Management at the University of Bucharest
I have been working in Romania since 2000. During this period, I worked as a teacher and school manager (16 years) at Lumina Educational Institutions operating in Romania. Since September 2020, I have been working as the manager of our Association and as the Chairman of the Board. I am married and I have 3 daughters.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/mustafa-o…

 

 

Ferhat Öztürk, Ph.D.

Raindrop Foundation, San Antonio, USA
Community Engagement Activities

Dr. Ferhat Ozturk is the events coordinator of Raindrop Foundation San Antonio since 2019.

Dr. Ozturk received his Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Biology from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2007 and studied at the University of Nebraska Medical Center as a postdoctoral researcher. He served as founding chair of the Molecular Biology and Genetics Department of Canik Basari University in Samsun, Turkey.

Following the July 15th coup attempt, Dr. Ozturk was among the persecuted academicians; thus, he left Turkey and resettled in the US in 2016. He worked as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Alma College of Alma, Michigan.

He moved to San Antonio in 2018 to teach Biomedical Sciences at the School of Science and Technology (SST). Dr. Ozturk currently conducts research projects in the field of Medicinal Use of Honey at the University of Texas-San Antonio (UTSA).

As a long-term human rights activist, Dr. Ozturk serves at various committees of the Advocates of Silenced Turkey (AST) and is the spokesperson of Scholars Rights Watch (SRW), which focuses on raising awareness about the persecuted academicians

 https://www.linkedin.com/in/fozturk/

Call for Speakers: World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development

World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development

Subject: Solidarity of Social Activities Performed by Legal Entities, Cultural Diversity and Contribution to Dialogue

Date: 21 May 2021               Venue: Virtual      Program language: English

Moderator: Burhan Kasap

 

Introduction

For all segments of society to benefit from sustainable development and to ensure solidarity, parts of the community must be in dialogue, and dialogue continuity is required. For this purpose; It has been brought to the agenda by the United Nations as the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development” to increase the value of cultural diversity, dialogue, and development all over the world.

Today, many forms of culture, diversity of cultural expressions; To reveal how these contribute to dialogue, mutual understanding, and the social, environmental, and economic aspects of sustainable development constitute an opportunity to articulate the activities undertaken.

 

Importance

In order to live together with our differences, it is essential to develop a dialogue arising from cultural unity, bringing solidarity to the forefront, and what is done to contribute to life in the social and historical harmony, which is the pool of tolerance of conflicts and dispute.

Cultural diversity, to contribute as the Broken Chalk Association on behalf of the programs that express cultural diversity, the peaceful coexistence of people from different cultures and values, and that will increase social activities and solidarity, such a program has been planned for the support of our association to emphasize what a vital function education and educators fulfill and the importance of sharing.

It is seen how societies that live together with the differences of cultural communities in their religion, daily practices, houses, jobs, places of worship, etc., exhibit tolerance and solidarity with their colorful structures.

A program emphasizing the work of the education volunteers of the Broken Chalk Association in this field was prepared in order to enable us to recognize different cultures and the opportunities of living together with our cultural differences, as well as to discover the truth, to build solidarity and tolerance, to contribute to intercultural dialogue and activities.

Opening of the Fifteenth session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII15)
Theme ÒIndigenous peoples: Conflict, Peace and ResolutionÓ

Nature of the Program

The program is designed for participants to share their contribution to cultural diversity in the countries where they live. Participants are asked to explain their activities to the audience by using visuals and the events they experienced.

For example; They can explain the purpose of a charity, who participated, what kind of effect it created, where and when it was done, and what the feedback after the bazaar was shared with various visuals.

 

Invitation

We invite you to the program prepared by our association, Broken Chalk, where educators, students, and community volunteers from different countries will share their social activities in the name of “contributing to cultural diversity.” In addition, If there are local foundations and associations whose participation you consider essential, our program will be more colorful with their invitation.

Thank you for your contribution and help.

 

Contact details:

Contact person: Burhan Kasap

Mail: mailto:[email protected]

Phone: +31 6 84712594

HDP lawmaker & Human Rights Activist Gergerlioglu Arrested

According to Turkey’s state-run news agency, Turkish police detained the prominent pro-Kurdish party HDP politician Omer Faruk Gergerlioglu, weeks after he has stripped off his Parliament his conviction for social media posts which the courts considered “terrorist propaganda.”

For re-tweeting a 2016 article about a call for peace by the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, Gergerlioglu was sentenced to two and a half years in jail after the court deemed the social media post as “spreading terrorist propaganda.” The appeals court upheld the sentence, which led him to lose his parliamentary seat, although his appeal to the Constitutional Court is pending.

The final judicial decision against Gergerlioglu was read in the Turkish Parliament on March 17. With the reading of the decision, Gergerlioglu was stripped of his membership in Parliament. Gergerlioglu then started the “justice watch,” where he stayed in the Turkish Parliament and refused to leave. During his fifth day in the Parliament, around 100 police officers entered the HDP’s hall in the parliament building, where Gergerlioglu stayed. They forcefully took him away in his pajamas and slippers without even sparing him a moment to change his clothes and wear his shoes.

https://anfturkce.com/avrupa/polis-gergerlioglu-nun-evine-gitti-154609

On the evening of April 2, 2021, police raided Gergerlioglu’s home and arrested him forcibly after he failed to report to police within the 10-day legal notice. One of the police officers who arrived to arrest him was the same officer Gergerlioglu exposed as a torturer in a speech to the Parliament in 2019. This police officer and others aggressively pushed and kicked Gergerlioglu out of his house, once again dragging him barefoot, similar to the case in the Parliament raid. A police officer insulted him and threatened to punch him during his transfer. Gergerlioglu was sent to prison despite his chest pains and a physician’s health report. He was eventually taken to hospital from jail on April 3, hours after his arrest, where he underwent angiography for elevated blood pressure and was placed in intensive care. He then was transferred back to Sincan High-Security Prison to serve his sentence.

© Salih Gergerlioğlu / twıtter @salihro

Gergerlioglu became a target for the Turkish government after repeatedly speaking out against human rights violations and torture claims in the country and strip searches of female inmates in prisons.

Gergerlioglu’s arrest over a social media post is yet another blow for Turkey’s democracy and an epitome of police brutality and the decline of the rule of law in Turkey.

 

References:

https://english.alarabiya.net/News/middle-east/2021/03/21/Turkey-arrests-pro-Kurdish-MP-who-was-expelled-from-parliament-

https://english.alarabiya.net/News/middle-east/2021/03/17/Turkey-s-parliament-strips-pro-Kurdish-deputy-of-seat-in-blow-to-third-largest-party

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/turkey/turkey-opposition-lawmaker-arrested-in-ankara/2196627

https://www.duvarenglish.com/turkey-arrests-former-hdp-deputy-omer-faruk-gergerlioglu-news-56928

https://apnews.com/article/turkey-media-social-media-ankara-arrests-442c03d1e9004abf583a51f1bb34ef33

Education Under Attack 2020 Report Published by GCPEA

Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA) has published their report “Education Under Attack 2020”.

GCPEA is an inter-agency coalition created in 2010 to resolve the issue of targeted attacks on education institutions, their students, and staff in countries affected by armed conflict and insecurity.

Palestinian girls attend a class at the Suhada Khouza school building, which was damaged during the 50-day war between Israel and Hamas militants in the summer of 2014, in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip, on September 5, 2015. In a report on the impact of conflict on education in six countries and territories across the Middle East and North Africa region, the United Nations children fund UNICEF said more than 8,850 schools were no longer usable due to violence, with around 13 million children being denied an education. AFP PHOTO / SAID KHATIB. (Photo credit should read SAID KHATIB/AFP via Getty Images)

In this report, GCPEA monitors the attacks on schools, universities, students, and staff between 2015-2019.

According to the report, there were more than 11.000 reported attacks, with casualties of 22.000 students and educators in at least 93 countries. The report covers 37 countries where at least ten attacks took place between 2015-2019.

GCPEA describes attacks on education as any threatened or actual use of force against students, teachers, academics, education support and transport staff (e.g., janitors, bus drivers), education officials, education buildings, resources, or facilities (including school buses). According to GCPEA, attacks on education kill or injure students or educators, lead to student dropouts and closures of educational facilities. Moreover, these attacks reduce academic quality and have catastrophic long-term societal impacts.

TOPSHOT – A Yemeni boy school writes as he sits outside a school on March 16, 2017, that was damaged in an airstrike in the southern Yemeni city of Taez. The conflict in Yemen, which escalated with the intervention of the Saudi-led coalition two years ago, has more than doubled the number of children deprived of schooling to some 3.5 million, threatening the future of a whole generation in the impoverished country. / AFP PHOTO / Ahmad AL-BASHA (Photo credit should read AHMAD AL-BASHA/AFP via Getty Images)

The full report has several parts such as attacks on schools, attacks on students & staff, military use of schools, child recruitment, sexual violence, attacks on higher education, and targeted attacks on girls and women. Each topic is explained elaborately for all 37 countries covered.

The organization offers a solution to these attacks by coming up with a list of recommendations for national governments, international agencies, and local civil society, including school and university communities.

You can find the full report at the following link:  https://eua2020.protectingeducation.org/

Press Release: International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

Racial discrimination is any discrimination against any individual based on their skin color or racial or ethnic origin.[1] Systemic racism and discrimination are rooted in society’s structure, governments, the workplace, courts, police, and education institutions. Racism can be explicit but often exists in implicit, subtle, and insidious forms that can be hard to pin down.

As Broken Chalk[2], we would like to celebrate International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.[3] United Nations celebrated this year’s day with the theme of “Youth standing up against racism.”

Education plays an essential role in solving social problems and building a multicultural environment where there is no racism and discrimination. It plays a vital role in preparing the young generation for active participation in society and promoting solidarity and tolerance. Education should enable young people to acquire the sensitivities and skills needed to succeed in different communities. Unfortunately,  educational environments are at the forefront in meeting this need. Ethnic and religious minorities are still lagging in enjoying all their education rights. Racism and discrimination continue to show up in education systems in many ways today, such as; access to rights and education, bullying and harassment, discrimination in school, dropouts, educational attainment, emotional and symbolic violence, and monitoring and correction mechanisms.[4]

According to the YMCA’s Young and Black report[5], 95% of young none-white people in the U.K. have heard or witnessed racist language at school, with 51% of males saying they heard it “all the time”. Afro-American students are three times more likely to be suspended or expelled than their White peers.[6]

Structural inequalities and discrimination in our societies have increased more with the Covid-19 outbreak. There are new types of inequality and discrimination, particularly in healthcare, vaccines, and economics which the World is facing.  Access to education is a big challenge in many countries. Students and teachers are facing new types of discrimination due to pandemics.

All the E.U. member states are prohibited from direct and indirect racial discrimination in their national constitutions. But the overwhelming majority of the E.U. Member States do not restrict these types of unequal treatment in their education laws. Out of 28 E.U. member states, only nine states prohibited direct racial discrimination while only seven states prohibited indirect racial discrimination in their educational laws. Besides, there are only six states that refused harassment in education laws.[7]

Here we only mentioned the figure in the European Countries. European countries should immediately implement such laws in their constitutions to Eliminate Racial Discrimination.

An education provided equally, with inclusive teaching and learning materials, is a powerful preventive tool and antidote for conflict. Tackling structural racism requires a collaborative, society-wide effort. To Elimination Racial Discrimination, Broken Chalk asked all the governments and stakeholders to take this issue as the number one task in their educational plan. All the education ministers of the states should try their best to Eliminate Racial Discrimination in schools.

 

Broken Chalk announces it to the public with due respect.

Broken Chalk

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Racial_discrimination

[2] Broken Chalk is a human rights organization and mainly concentrates on violations in the educational field.

[3] The UN General Assembly resolution 2142 (XXI)(link is external), adopted on 26 October 1966, proclaimed 21 March as the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination to be commemorated annually. from https://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/RES/2142%20(XXI)

[4] https://www.researchgate.net/publication/330324073_Fighting_racism_and_promoting_equal_rights_in_the_field_of_education

[5] https://www.ymca.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/ymca-young-and-black.pdf

[6] https://www.thoughtco.com/how-racism-affects-public-school-minorities-4025361

[7] https://ec.europa.eu/info/sites/info/files/racial_discrimination_in_education_and_eu_equality_law_web.pdf

Press Release: Deputy Gergerlioğlu[1] was arrested and expelled from the Turkish Parliament.

Human rights violations in Tukey are increasing every individual day. Moreover, it is not easy for human rights defender to do their work.

Broken Chalk condemns the decision to strip human rights defender and Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Deputy Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu of his parliamentary seat and parliamentary immunity on and his detention.

Gergerlioglu’s conviction, expulsion from the Parliament, and detention undermine Turkey’s parliamentary democracy’s trust.  He was sentenced to 2 years and six months due to a social media post still available.[2]  His case is another example of the terrifying situation of freedom of speech in the country, the abuse of anti-terror measures to silence any critical voice, and the particular crackdown on the opposition in an attempt to limit pluralism.[3]

Turkish President presented a new Human Rights Action Plan[4] just three weeks before Gergerlioğlu’s expulsion from Parliament and his detention. That proves the Turkish Government is not ready to implement Human Rights Action Plan in the country.  Actions speak louder than words, and in this case, they talk notably louder than any promise of legal reforms and any speech towards the public.[5]

Gergerlioğlu firmly stands against all kinds of human rights violations in Turkey. He uses his political position to fight the Human Right Violations in the country. He has been the voice of victims of emergency decree laws, those who were subjected to torture and ill-treatment in prisons and police stations, those whose social and cultural rights were ignored in the Turkish Parliament. Nowadays, he was targeted by the parliament members of the ruling party (AKP).

There was a strip search on female university students in Usak[6]. Gergerlioglu increases his voice against this horrible act[7] and got support from many people within Turkey. People who face strip search publish their stories on social media.

In this respect, protecting human rights is becoming more complex every day in Turkey. Government increases its control on NGO’s and human rights defenders are doing their work under the pressure of the Turkish Government. At Broken Chalk, one of our primary duties is to protect and support all human rights defenders worldwide.

We call upon Turkish authorities to stop Human Rights violations that are done by Governmental bodies.  The Turkish Government should act according to its commitments to European standards and the international conventions that Turkey is a party to.

We express our support and solidarity with him and his family and continue to fight against human rights violations. We urge all human rights bodies, defenders, and stakeholders to stand for human rights, peace, and democracy in solidarity with him against injustice.

Broken Chalk announces it to the public with due respect.

Broken Chalk

[1] Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu (born 2 November 1964, in Şarkikaraağaç, Turkey) is a medical doctor (pulmonologist), human rights activist and an MP (Member of the Turkish Grand National Assembly – TBMM) for the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP). He has dedicated his political career to fighting

[2] https://bianet.org/english/politics/239629-court-of-cassation-upholds-hdp-deputy-gergerlioglu-s-prison-sentence

[3] https://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/press-room/20210317IPR00117/leading-meps-condemn-another-example-of-crackdown-on-opposition-in-turkey?xtor=AD-78-[Social_share_buttons]-[twitter]-[en]-[news]-[pressroom]-[leading-meps-condemn-another-example-of-crackdown-on-opposition-in-turkey]-

[4] https://www.aa.com.tr/en/politics/new-human-rights-plan-for-the-people-turkish-leader/2162111

[5] https://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/press-room/20210317IPR00117/leading-meps-condemn-another-example-of-crackdown-on-opposition-in-turkey?xtor=AD-78-[Social_share_buttons]-[twitter]-[en]-[news]-[pressroom]-[leading-meps-condemn-another-example-of-crackdown-on-opposition-in-turkey]-

[6] https://www.duvarenglish.com/strip-search-sexual-violence-claims-in-turkish-prisons-prompt-outrage-news-55501

[7] I will not give up following the incident in which the young female students got strip-searched on 31 August in Usak Police HQ. https://twitter.com/gergerlioglueng/status/1338956656151994369