Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan is investing billions of dollars in Islamic schools to promote religious teaching in the country, the Reuters news agency reported. Turkey’s state-funded Islamic schools will raise a “pious generation” that will “work for the construction of a new civilization,” Erdogan declared.
“What we see now is a ‘national and native’ identity being constructed in education,” said Batuhan Aydagul, head of the Istanbul-based think tank Education Reform Initiative.
The influence of Turkey’s government-funded Islamic schools is not limited to the country alone. Erdogan government is deeply involved in training imams for mosques in Germany. Over 900 mosques and prayer facilities across Germany are tied to Turkish government's religious affairs directorate, or Diyanet.
Erdogan’s multi-billion-dollar project of Islamic and nationalist revival comes at a time when educational institutions in the U.S. and Europe face a vicious activist-driven campaign to purge their inherent Western cultural and spiritual identity.
Reuters detailed Erdogan’s push to Islamize the country’s school system:
Erdogan has said one of his goals is to forge a “pious generation” in predominantly Muslim Turkey “that will work for the construction of a new civilisation.” His recent speeches have emphasised Turkey’s Ottoman history and domestic achievements over Western ideas and influences. Reviving Imam Hatip, or Imam and Preacher, schools is part of Erdogan’s drive to put religion at the heart of national life after decades of secular dominance, and his old school is just one beneficiary of
A Reuters review of government budget and investment plans shows that spending on Imam Hatip upper schools for boys and girls aged 14 to 18 will double to 6.57 billion lira ($1.68 billion) in 2018 - nearly a quarter of the total upper schools budget. Although the 645,000 Imam Hatip students make up only 11 percent of the total upper school population, they receive 23 percent of funding - double the spend per pupil at mainstream schools.
Since 2012, when Imam Hatip education was extended to middle schools for pupils aged 10 to 14, total pupil numbers have risen fivefold to 1.3 million students in over 4,000 schools. The government intends to complete construction of 128 Imam Hatip upper schools in 2018 and has plans to build a further 50, the budget and investment plans show. Turkey has also increased religious education teaching at regular state schools, some of which have been converted into Imam Hatip schools. The government declined to say how many.
The contrast in the West couldn't be greater.
Last year, the Church of England supported a campaign to promote ‘gender-neutral’ norms among children. The UK’s state-established church issued teaching guidelines to ‘help’ children ‘explore the possibilities of who they might be,’ including their gender identity, reported London-based newspaper The Telegraph. The advisory was issued to over 5,000 schools run by the church.
In addition to the church-sponsored initiative, left-wing parents and activists have forced hundreds of schools in the UK to introduce norms that discourage the teaching of “binary division” between girl and boy.
According to recent media reports, some 200 schools in the country have introduced a single uniform for both genders. Most of the Western European and Scandinavians countries are following the same pattern as well.
While the Western political elite have replaced their moral campus with pointless virtue signaling, Turkey’s Erdogan knows exactly where he wants to take his country.
Erdogan has successfully engineered an Islamist takeover Turkey and made no secret about his Islamist theocratic agenda. At the onset of his political career, he announced to his Islamist supporters that ‘democracy was like a train’ will be boarding to ‘get off once he reaches his destination.’ Having achieved that aim, he is implementing his plan to Islamize the country.
Turkish state institutions, including the education system, were secularized in the early part of the nineteenth century under the leadership of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of the modern state of Turkey. The Muslim-majority country is now undergoing rapid Islamization under Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) since it took power in 2003.
Unlike Europe’s clueless ruling political class that thinks unregulated migration from Arab and Muslim countries would somehow usher in an age of multicultural utopia, Erdogan sees mass migration as a blunt tool for an Islamist takeover of the Christian Europe.
Turks “are the future of Europe,” Erdogan said at a rally in March 2017. “I am calling out to my citizens, by brothers and sisters in Europe,” Erdogan said on Friday. “Have not just three but five children." Turkey remains a major transit point for migrants from Arab and Muslim countries entering Europe.
While Islamist leaders across the Muslim world indoctrinate their youth and weaponize migration, the West is increasingly ceding its ability resist and repel such onslaughts.