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October 26, 2021

Islamabad’s ‘checkposts’ and passport-substituting expressions

Educationist Hakan Çelik narrated a memory he had with his house-mates in Pakistan, providing an interesting example to what it meant to work at PakTurk and […]
October 25, 2021

Colourful Black Sea trip of Pakistani businessmen

Education volunteer Doğan Yücel wrote about his trip to Turkey with a group of businessmen from Pakistan in 2007. He narrated the highlights of the Black […]
October 21, 2021

To be tested with shoes on the way to the Turkish Embassy!

Education volunteer Hakan Çelik narrated his visit to the Turkish Embassy in Islamabad for a passport appointment while he was working in Lahore, and an interesting […]
October 19, 2021

How was the school in Lahore Raiwind Road started?

Turkish teacher Doğan Yücel wrote how and under what conditions the PakTurk branch in Lahore Raiwind Road, which had opened its doors to education in 2007, […]
October 17, 2021

Is baldness a pre-requisite for work at PakTurk?

Educationist Doğan Yücel wrote about a detail that caught his attention when he first went to Pakistan. He narrated the Turkish image in the minds of […]
October 16, 2021

Our adventures with FXs and Mehrans in Pakistan

Hakan Celik, a former PakTurk teacher, wrote about the difficulties he faced due to his weak Urdu and English when he first went to Pakistan and […]
October 15, 2021

The days we went to maternity check-ups on rickshaws …

In this part of the article series, Turkish teacher Doğan Yücel narrated the birth of their first child, Zeynep Nazlı, and their experiences. Part Seventeen: We […]
October 13, 2021

Science fair and a logo that unlocks closed doors

Educationist Mehmet Karadayı wrote about the impact of a science fair organized by the PakTurk Schools in Islamabad on students and the city residents. He also […]
October 7, 2021

Education volunteer Sevda Arslan (3): My children wish their ties with Pakistan to continue, my daughter considers becoming a citizen there

Sevda Arslan, who lived in Pakistan for 13 years and raised her three children there, narrates the process of leaving the country and how her family […]
October 6, 2021

Education volunteer Sevda Arslan (2): If we went to Pakistan again, we would love to live in Peshawar as a family

In the second part of our interview with Sevda Arslan, an education volunteer who lived in Pakistan for 13 years, we relate the memories in Lahore […]
October 5, 2021

Education volunteer Sevda Arslan (1): I learned to live together in Pakistan without judging people

The activities of the education volunteers who migrated to Pakistan from Turkey were not just about teaching in schools. There were also volunteers who provided guidance […]
October 3, 2021

How did the one-day ‘honeymoon’ dream turn out to be a disappointment?

Educationist Sadullah Bayazit continues to narrate his colleague Abdülgani Gülmez’s life in Pakistan. In this part, Bayazit narrates Gülmez’s journey from Khairpur Mirs to Multan, his […]
September 30, 2021

How did the Pakistani businessmen’s trips to Turkey gain impetus?

In this part of his memoirs, educationist Taner Koçyiğit wrote about the duties he and his colleagues undertook within the scope of their public relations tasks […]
September 29, 2021

First PakTurk branch in Multan and efforts to turn a ‘ruin’ into a school building

Educationist Sadullah Bayazit continues to narrate the his ‘friend-in-destiny’ Abdulgani Gülmez’s life in Pakistan. In the eleventh part of the memoirs, Bayazit wrote about the preparations […]
September 28, 2021

Why was the century-old kite festival banned for 10 years?

Researcher Doğan Yücel wrote down the reasons the Basant Kite Festival, the ancient festival of Pakistan, was banned for 10 years and allowed again. Part Two: […]
September 26, 2021

The festival that accompanies the colourful awakening on the ground in the sky: Basant Kite Festival

Educationist and researcher Doğan Yücel wrote about a long-standing tradition, a festival in Pakistan. He narrated the Basant Kite Festival organized to celebrate the spring, its […]
September 24, 2021

Interesting events we experienced while adjusting to Pakistan

Education volunteer Fatih Çapar wrote about how he and his colleagues acquainted with locals and developed their relationships in Pakistan, where he went to study at […]
September 21, 2021

Our traditional school trips

Educator Doğan Yücel wrote about the field trips and social activities participated by PakTurk students while he was working in Lahore. Yücel also reminded that ministerial […]
September 13, 2021

Our students became our pride in both science and social activities

Educationist Doğan Yücel wrote about the competitions, exams and social events attended by PakTurk students during his tenure in Lahore. Yücel narrated the outstanding achievements in […]
September 12, 2021

‘Positive sciences without faith are blind, faith without positive sciences is lame’

PakTurk Schools fast-tracked their promotional activities after constructing the new school building in Lahore Raiwind Road in 2008. In this context, interviews were published in some […]
September 11, 2021

The exciting process of opening a school in Peshawar

Educationist Engin Baştürk wrote about finding the plot and starting the construction of the new PakTurk School building in Peshawar to meet the demands posed by […]
September 8, 2021

A trip to Turkey with parents and businessmen

Educationist Doğan Yücel wrote about a trip to Turkey he and his colleagues organized for parents and businessmen while he was working in Lahore. He shared […]
September 8, 2021

After I decided to go to Pakistan, I asked myself, ‘Where is that?’!

Mathematics teacher Engin Baştürk wished to serve abroad when he graduated from the university in Turkey. Through an acquaintance, he learned he could work in Pakistan. […]
September 7, 2021

Mubashir’s determination and PakTurk’s first international gold medal

Turkish teacher Doğan Yücel wrote about a student he prepared for the Turkish Olympiads while he was working in Lahore, and the student’s determination, hard work […]
September 4, 2021

How did the Gülmez family serve breakfast to 50 people in one sitting at their Multan home?

Educationist Sadullah Bayazit continues to narrate the life of his ‘friend in fate’ Abdülgani Gülmez in Pakistan. In this part, he puts Gülmez’s narration into words […]
September 4, 2021

Chemistry teacher Hakan Tokdemir (2): What made Pakistan beautiful for us was the people

In the second and last part of our interview with PakTurk Schools Chemistry teacher Hakan Tokdemir, we talked about the years he lived in Khairpur Mirs, […]
September 1, 2021

A full-fledged annual night in Lahore

Turkish teacher Doğan Yücel wrote about an end-of-year function organized by the PakTurk Schools in Lahore and the words of praise the Governor Punjab, who presided […]
September 1, 2021

Chemistry teacher Hakan Tokdemir (1): The good conduct of our students won praises from people

Hakan Tokdemir’s emigration story began when he migrated to Istanbul from Siirt at 5 with his family. Years after this journey forced by life conditions, he […]
August 30, 2021

Ramadan blessings on the roads of Balochistan

Educationist Engin Baştürk wrote about the interesting events he experienced during a parent visit he made during Ramadan while he was working in Quetta. He narrated […]
August 27, 2021

‘There’s no holiday at PakTurk!’ was our motto

Educationist Doğan Yücel shared some of his memories from 2006 and 2007 when he worked in Lahore. He wrote how level of education was raised for […]

Poetry

May 15, 2021

We had you…

Educator, writer and poet Mehmet Karadayı wrote an emotion-laden poem on the occasion of the Eid al-Fitr, describing his longing for Pakistan. Karadayı was compelled to […]
August 5, 2021

The Three Days of Life (Poem)

Jamil Malik, a prominent Pakistani educator who passed away in 2001, is also a poet of national and international repute. We share Malik’s poem ‘The Three […]
October 1, 2021

Speak (Poem)

Faiz Ahmad Faiz, one of Pakistan’s leading poets and a fellow townsman of Allama Muhammad Iqbal, is an intellectual who was nominated for the Nobel Prize […]
August 19, 2021

Solitude (Poem)

Faiz Ahmad Faiz, one of Pakistan’s leading poets and a fellow townsman of Allama Muhammad Iqbal, is an intellectual who was nominated for the Nobel Prize […]
January 6, 2021

Snowdrop

You were the doe-eyed Mehlika* of our youth Why are you offended at us now, Snowdrop? Once you were distinguished among many Why did you hang […]
January 5, 2021

q’et

The sky where kites do not flutter the city of recluse whispers women missing from the pavements the picture of absence in presence  Shortness of breath […]
February 6, 2021

Pakistani Poet Altaf Qureshi’s ‘Love for Turkey’*

LOVE FOR TURKEY Turkey’s formed a great bond in my heart and soul The torches of fidelity got kindled in our heart. Friends, I saw such […]
October 12, 2021

Migration (Poem)

A PakTurk teacher, who wrote poems under the pen name ‘Farzımuhal’ (Let’s Suppose), expressed his feelings while leaving Pakistan in his poem titled ‘Migration’. We publish […]
August 13, 2021

Guitar performance by Meryem Köken and the ‘Child’s Prayer’ (Video)

Meryem Köken, a former student of PakTurk, interpreted Allama Muhammad Iqbal’s poem “Lab Pe Aati Hai Dua”, also known as “Bachche Ki Dua (Child’s Prayer)”, with […]
March 22, 2021

A poem that transcends Pakistan’s borders: “A Child’s Prayer” by Muhammad Iqbal

March 22 marks the “World Children’s Poetry Day”. This day is celebrated annually in all United Nations-member countries in line with the decision taken by the […]

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