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First undergrad Kurdish department opens in SE

MARDİN -Doğan News Agency (dha) | 9/24/2011 12:00:00 AM |

The Higher Education Board, or YÖK, has granted Mardin’s Artuklu University permission to open a Kurdish Language and Literature Department after having previously ruled that the language could only be taught as part of a “Living Languages Institute.”

The Higher Education Board, or YÖK, has granted Mardin’s Artuklu University permission to open a Kurdish Language and Literature Department after having previously ruled that the language could only be taught as part of a “Living Languages Institute.”

The new department is a first not only for Turkey, but the whole world, said Kadri Yıldırım, Artuklu’s deputy rector and the head of the Living Languages Institute. “The development has been expected by all of the Kurdish community.” The institute teaches Kurdish, along with Arabic and Syriac.

Twenty students have already applied to join the new department, according to reports.

Yıldırım said their only wish was that all the legal obstacles against the Kurdish language would be removed and that the language also be taught in the elementary and high school system.

Kurdish language and literature teachers

Opening a Kurdish language department is an important step toward providing education in mother tongues, the institute head said.

Calling on more students to apply to the department, Yıldırım said he was waiting for people to become Kurdish Language and Literature teachers.

Yıldırım expressed his gratitude to the government, but also said they were now suffering from a lack of textbooks.

“The pressure on this language, which has been continuing for many years, as well as regulations [aimed at] assimilation, have not allowed any language books to be prepared,” Yıldırım said.

“More than the textbooks, however, even people who wrote letters or articles in Kurdish were punished; as such, there are deficiencies in the curriculum.”

Although he said the new department was not a threat to Turkey’s unitary nature, the deputy rector added that they were still expecting some negative reactions to the establishment of the department.

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