Almost overnight school lessons in Turkey went from being given in the classroom, to online. This new reality, driven by the COVID-19 pandemic, was not easy for teachers to adapt to as, for many, it was the first time they were teaching online.


The Federation of Soroptimist Clubs of Turkey realised that something needed to be done to support teachers to successfully provide Turkish children with an education online. They established an Academy to give specialised and tailor-made training programme for local teachers to adapt to this new way of teaching – providing them with new techniques and allowing them to gain the qualifications needed.


By providing Turkish teachers with this professional support, Soroptimists of Turkey aimed to attain quality education for society. This is especially significant, as all teachers taking part are from public schools. The knowledge gained by these teachers will be used to improve online education for low-income students.


The idea of having such a programme was to create a multiplier effect on future generations


The ‘Teacher Support Workshops’ project was developed by the  Soroptimist Union of Turkey and funded by club members.


From left to right:

Malek Berkem (Vice President), Sevil Koca (SI Turkey President), Ilgin Atalay (Vice President), Muammer Durak (Vice President)


It aims to increase professional competencies and hopes that our teachers taking part will transform their schools into a learning school through internal communication.


Our seven-month long project continues to run face-to-face and online training sessions in cooperation with EKIP (Quality Cooperation Platform in Education).



The training consists of three main topics:


1. Class management

2. Differentiated teaching methods and techniques

3. Assessment and evaluation


The first face-to-face training was held in Ankara 11-12 December with 40 teachers attending from cities across Turkey. This interactive training was about Classroom Management and Effective Communication Techniques. On 9 January, online training on Differentiated Teaching Methods and Techniques took place.



We will give online trainings in February, March, April and May, which will culminate in a two-day face-to-face training and certificate ceremony in June 2022.


We thank our Turkish Clubs and their members for their work and support of this valuable Academy: Adana, Alsancak, Anittepe, Ankara, Antakya, Atakoy, Bogazici, Bursa, Denizli, Emek, Etiler, Gaziosmanpasa, Goztepe, İcel, Karadeniz Eregli, Karsıyaka, Marmara, Mezitli, Moda, Oran, Seyhan, Sisli , Tarsus Selale and Uludag Soroptimist Clubs provided support. We thank them very much.


Sevil Koca,

President of SI Turkey



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