Monday, September 20, 2010

School classes empty in Sirnak

20 September 2010

The first day of the boycott campaign to demand education in mother tongue sees many classes empty

School classes were almost empty in Sirnak today as the campaign to boycott education solely in Turkish began.

TZP-Kurdi launched its campaign with the slogan, "We want education in our mother tongue." By law, public schools in Turkey can only educate students in Turkish, the country's sole official language.

TZP-Kurdi posted signs promoting a Kurdish language education system on billboards around Diyarbakır, in both Kurmanji and Zazaki.

First reports coming through from Sirnak say most children stayed at home today. The campaign will last until 25 September.