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Science and technology are in the service of humanity and there is no serious reason for being afraid of them. Being scientific and establishing a world based on science does not pose a danger, either. Rather, the danger lies in ignorance, lack of sense and evading from responsibilities. Sciences are beneficial only if and to the extent they guarantee human happiness and elevate humanity to the sky of their elemental worth. Otherwise, the sciences and technology that haunt humankind with nightmares are simply evil spirits blocking the path. It is a witlessness and prejudice to claim the pointlessness of positive sciences; rejecting everything but them is a self-indulgent bigotry; one's appreciation and approval that myriad things can be known by the accumulation of new knowledge is a systematic idea and honesty in thought.

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Since real life for mankind will be possible by science and knowledge only, those who neglect learning and teaching are considered dead even if they are physically alive. The most significant purpose of human creation is reflection and discerning the phenomena, and eventually communicating to fellow human beings the things learnt. An individual's considerations and sound judgments tone with the association of such judgments with logic and reasoning, which develop in direct proportion with science and knowledge. Therefore, without science and knowledge, minds turn idle, logic becomes dishonest and judgments grow illogical. Things to be learnt and taught should be directed towards discovering the essence of human being and the secrets of the universe. A scientific discipline which does not turn its floodlights on the secrets of the self for enlightening the dark recesses and logjams of the existence may not be considered as a branch of science. Knowledge and sciences, with their numerous branches and subsequent benefits, are useful for almost everyone; yet considering the limitations of human lifespan and resources, it is impossible for one to learn and benefit from all those fields of science. Hence, every individual should learn and take benefit from what are the most necessary for themselves and their nation, and not spend their lives on indulging in fruitless adventures. Ignorance is the worst associate; knowledge is the most loyal companion. Once furious, the ignorant howl and raise hell… the educated plan for doing the most essential. If a competition for deficiency was held, ignorance would be crowned as the champion *** ON BEHALF OF PAKTURK ICEF

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PAKTURK BRINGS BRONZE FROM THE 2011 IPhO WORLD'S BEST IN CIE O' LEVEL EXAMINATIONS PAKTURK STUDENT GETS THE NATIONAL YOUTH AWARD PAKTURK GENIUS SHINES IN THE USA PAKTURK'S GOLDEN ACHIEVEMENT PAKTURK BRINGS BRONZE FROM THE U.S HERE I READ! PAKTURK SHINES ONCE AGAIN AT THE TURKISH OLYMPIADS PAKTURK'S INDELIBLE MARK ON THE “MAP” 15 DAYS AROUND TURKEY HEALTHY MINDS, HEALTHY BODIES MATHS HIGH-ACHIEVERS CAMPED IN ROMANIA CHIEF COMMISSIONER ISLAMABAD COMMENDED EFFORTS OF PAKTURK TURKISH CONSUL GENERAL VISITED PAKTURK SCHOOLS IN KARACHI PAKTURK STUDENTS CALLED ON THE TURKISH AMBASSADOR PAKTURK LITTLE HEARTS EARLY CHILDHOOD PUBLICATIONS BREAKING NEW GROUNDS IN LAHORE CM PUNJAB MEETS TURKISH ENTREPRENEURS AND EDUCATIONISTS EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION AND PARENTING SEMINARS A NEW BLOSSOM ON THE PAKTURK TREE NATIONAL LANGUAGE FESTIVAL AT PAKTURK ISLAMABAD MAIN CAMPUS TRAILBLAZING SUCCESS AT INTEL ISEF 2012 ENGLISH LANGUAGE FESTIVALS AT PAKTURK REACHING OUT TO HOMES AND HEARTS IN THE EID'UL AZHA LAHORE MAIN CAMPUS GETS THE HOSTEL BUILDING PESHAWAR BOYS HOSTEL BUILDING GOT INTO SERVICE ENGLISH DEPARTMENT INSET WORKSHOPS A SPLENDID SUMMER SCHOOL AND LASTING MEMORIES ARE THEY REALLY ALL ALONE? PAKTURK BIOLOGISTS TOP SINDH ROUNDS OF 2011 INTEL SCIENCE PROJECT OLYMPIAD PAKTURK TOPS THE KPK ROUNDS OF INTEL NSC PAKTURK STUDENTS DONATE POCKET MONEY FOR THE SURVIVORS OF VAN EARTHQUAKE COUNTRY DIRECTOR TIKA RECEIVED PAKTURK STUDENTS ANNUAL FUNCTION OF PAKTURK KARACHI JUNIORS A MEMORABLE WINTER SCHOOL PAKTURK CARVES ITS PLACE IN PAKISTAN BRAIN TEAM TOP READERS AWARDED ANNUAL FUNCTION OF PAKTURK LAHORE JUNIORS ONCE A PAKTURKIAN ALWAYS A PAKTURKIAN PAKTURK GETS SILVER AND BRONZE FROM INEPO-EURASIA 2011 MEANINGFUL GESTURE BY PAKTURK STUDENTS ANOTHER STEP TOWARDS SUCCESS “IT REALLY IS A GREAT GESTURE…” OPENING AN EYE TO THE HEART: THIRD EYE EXHIBITION PAKTURK BLOSSOMS IN SINDH: PAKTURK LUMHS BRANCH, JAMSHORO CHAIRMAN, CDA VISITED PAKTURK ISLAMABAD MAIN CAMPUS OUTSTANDING RESPONSE IN 7TH ISMO WINTER AND SUMMER SCHOOLS PAKTURK SSC & HSSC EXAMINATION SUCCESS

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PAKTURK BRINGS BRONZE FROM THE 2011 IPhO

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Muhammad Umer, one of the brilliant A-Level students at PakTurk Islamabad Boys Branch, won a bronze medal in the 42nd International Physics Olympiad (IPhO), held in Bangkok, Thailand, on 10-18 July 2011. Having cooperated with the PIEAS (Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences) during the rigorous IPhO preparation phase, PakTurk educational institutions nominated students for the PIEAS-organized NSTC (National Science Talent Contest) for Physics. Shortlisted as one of the members of Pakistan's National Physics Team to vie in the 2011 IPhO, Muhammad Umer participated in four separate one-week training camps at the PIEAS under coordination and tutelage of

Dr. Shahid Qamar and Dr Masroor Ikram. In addition to these painstaking preparations, Muhammad Umer also participated to a 3-week training camp held at Yamanlar College in Izmir, Turkey. Known for its outstanding achievements in the international science olympiads, Yamanlar College provided for Muhammad Umer the enhancement to the much needed guidance and experience with 20 years while more than 140 students selected for the brain teams of science subjects to represent Turkey in the International Science Olympiads like IPhO,IBO,IMO,IChO. Muhammed Umer's preparation phase was thoroughly supervised by Mr. Mustafa Tahran, Head of Physics Department at PakTurk educational institutions, in Pakistan and Turkey in a cycle of meticulous study hours. Held since 1967, the International Physics Olympiad (IPhO) is one of the most prestigious international physics competitions for secondary-school students worldwide.

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The 42nd IPhO saw the participation of approximately 420 students from 84 countries. In the event, the five-member Pakistan Brain Team for Physics got 2 bronze medals and 2 honourable mentions.


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PAKTURK STUDENT GETS THE NATIONAL YOUTH AWARD

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Usama Mehmood of PakTurk Lahore Main Campus, got the First Position Worldwide in O Level Additional Mathematics held by the Cambridge International Examinations in May-June 2011.

Malik Usama Awan of PakTurk Khairpur Branch is one of the two students awarded National Youth Award in Education for 2011. Conferred annually by the Pakistan Ministry of Youth Affairs to high-achieving and distinguished men and women from all over the country, National Youth Awards “recognize the achievements of the young people in their lives”.

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PAKTURK GENIUS SHINES IN THE USA Hassan Iqbal got the Silver Medal with his environmental project titled “Isolation of Heavy Metal Resistant Fungal Strains from Tannery Fluent and Their Role in Heavy Metal Removal” at the Genius Olympiad, organized by State University of New York in Oswego City among 188 projects from 46 countries and 32 states of the USA. Having prepared to the olympiad under the supervision of Mr Turan Gul, Biology Lecturer, and the guidance by the Department of Biology, University of the Punjab, Hassan Iqbal promises high achievements in the Cambridge International Examinations as well as the local and international project and educational competitions.

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PAKTURK’S GOLDEN ACHIEVEMENT

As another link to the sequence of illustrious achievements secured by PakTurk students internationally, Adnan Khan of Karachi Boys Branch got the gold medal with his Mathematics project “Mystery of Four-Sided Figures” in 2011 IYIPO (International Young Inventors Project Olympiad) held in Tbilisi, Georgia on 13-15 May 2011.

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Having won the Best Individual Category award in the 2011 INTEL National Science Olympiad, this project competed with 79 projects from 39 countries including the USA, Indonesia, Malaysia, Egypt, Azerbaijan, Bosnia, Nigeria, on various project categories across Environmental Science, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics and

2011 IYIPO was inaugurated by HH. Professor Giuli Alasania, mother of the Georgian President HH. Mikheil Saakashvili. Prof. Alasania visited the Olympiad grounds twice on two different days, and Georgian Minister of Education and other state dignitaries were among the visitors of the project stalls.

In addition to the project stalls, each country was also given a cultural stall to display the traditions and culture. Pakistani stall became a center of attention with its handicrafts, national and regional dresses and cultural pieces.


PAKTURK BRINGS BRONZE FROM THE U.S

Dimensions of reading culture in developed countries manifest itself by the books in print and sale.

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HERE I READ!

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Saad Asad got the Third Position Worldwide (Bronze Medal) in the I-SWEEEP (International Sustainable World Energy, Engineering and Environment Project Olympiad) held on 4-9 May 2011 in Houston, Texas among contestants from 70 countries and 43 U.S states contesting with 440 projects.

The reading sessions named D.E.A.R (Drop Everything and Read) at PakTurk educational institutions intend for inculcating and nurturing the culture of diversified reading. Supported by parents and supervised by class teachers, these reading sessions are popular with students, who enthusiastically take part in monthly reading competitions. Avid readers are awarded with various gifts and certificates. Special corners are reserved across the campuses for reading trees and book displays, which also feature the photographs of a month's top readers.

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PAKTURK SHINES ONCE AGAIN AT THE TURKISH OLYMPIADS Held on 15-30 June 2011, the 9th International Turkish Olympiad saw the participation of 1000 students from 130 countries. PakTurk educational institutions competed with the world for Pakistan with seven students in different contest categories. Alaina Shahzadi of Karachi Girls Branch got the gold medal in Speaking category. She got her award from the Speaker of Turkish Grand National Assembly. His Excellency Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Prime Minister of Turkey, conferred an award to Alaina's teacher.

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Competing in the Singing category, Umer Zahid of Karachi Gulshan Boys Branch got the silver medal and a cash award of USD 600. In addition to these illustrious achievements, Aynoor Masood of Islamabad Girls Branch got the bronze medal and a cash award of USD 1000 in Poetry Recitation category. Saboor Ahmed Khan of Islamabad Boys Branch competed in Grammar category and was awarded with the bronze medal and a cash award of USD 600. In Composition category, Wajahat Waheed of Islamabad Boys Branch got the honourable mention and a cash award of USD 500. Tar覺k Erdogan of Multan Boys Branch got the honourable mention and a cash award of USD 500 in First Language Writing category. Mubashir Shahzad of Lahore Boys Branch competed in the Essay Writing competition and got the honourable mention as well as a cash award of USD 500.


PAKTURK’S INDELIBLE MARK ON THE “MAP”

PakTurk's high achievers were also awarded by the Principal, PakTurk Karachi Gulshan Campus with certificates and souvenirs.

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Quite experienced in the ISMO (Inter-School Mathematics Olympiad) tradition of PakTurk educational institutions, Hira and Mohammad Owais breezed through the MAP's challenging and interesting mathematical problems in the areas of arithmetic, geometry, statistics, algebra and reasoning and logical thinking.

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Hira Zubair and Mohammad Owais got the first position in the 11th Maths Olympiad 2011 held among 42 schools of Karachi by the MAP - Mathematics Association of Pakistan.

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15 DAYS AROUND TURKEY

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An assembly of teachers and personnel from PakTurk educational institutions had a memorable trip across Turkey for 15 days during summer. Having visited numerous cities including Istanbul, Eskisehir, Ankara, Kayseri, Sanliurfa, Gaziantep, Nevsehir, Konya, Mersin, and Bursa, the PakTurk vacationers had been to the historical and touristic sights and spots in Turkey. Voicing their surprise and delight about the epic displays of how much the peoples of Pakistan and Turkey love one another, the tourists had indelible memories during their stay. At the Kayseri lap of their tour, the delegation visited the sponsors of the PakTurk educational institutions in Pakistan and thanked them for their unconditional and heartfelt contributions to the betterment of the youth across Pakistan.


HEALTHY MINDS, HEALTHY BODIES

MATHS HIGH-ACHIEVERS CAMPED IN ROMANIA

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Students of PakTurk Lahore Main Campus participated to the Punjab Olympics, the inter-colleges sports competition organized in Lahore. Competing in the categories of weightlifting, volleyball and badminton, PakTurk students outshone their competitiors. PakTurk Volleyball played against the FC College and the Government College, and won the Bronze Medal. Muhammad Haroon won the Silver Medal in 95kg weightlifting, while Ahsan Iqbal got the Bronze Medal in the Badminton tournament.

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Organized on July 5-15, 2011 during the International Kangaroo Mathematics Contest (IKMC) 2011 in Poiana Zanelor, Romania, an exclusive camp for high achievers in Mathematics saw the participation of Usama Kiyani, one of total four students from Pakistan. Usama Kiyani of PakTurk Karachi was selected for the camp after securing the First Position not only in Karachi but all over Pakistan among 5298 contestants of IKMC.

Besides the frequent and extensive visit to various historical and touristic spots across Romania, Usama and his Pakistani team members participated to the MCM contest and won the Second Position. The Pakistani team fused very well with young mathematicians across the world. Having represented Pakistan by an exclusive national song, Usama Kiyani and his team members also got the Second Position in the Mime Competition.

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CHIEF COMMISSIONER ISLAMABAD COMMENDED EFFORTS OF PAKTURK

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Chief Commissioner Islamabad, Mr. Tariq Pirzada visited Head Office of PakTurk International Educational Foundation Islamabad. During his visit he met with Chairman and Directors of the Foundation. Mr Unal Tosur, Chairman PakTurk ICEF briefed Hon. Chief Commissioner on the activities, achievements and future development plans of the PakTurk educational institutions across Pakistan. Lauding PakTurk's contributions to education and social welfare in Pakistan, Mr Pirzada commended highly on the PakTurk ICEF's dedication for the sake of disseminating quality education. Mr. Tariq Pirzada spoke highly about Turkey's support to Pakistan in rain and shine. He expressed his hope to see more students from Pakistan studying in Turkish Universities, who, after coming back, would prove to be an asset for the country.

TURKISH CONSUL GENERAL VISITED PAKTURK SCHOOLS IN KARACHI Mr. Murat M. Onart, Consul General of the Republic of Turkey to Pakistan visited the PakTurk Boys Campus in Clifton, Karachi. Accompanied by the Turkish Commercial Attache in Karachi, Mr Onart was received warmly by the school administration, staff, and the students. Honourable Consul General was briefed about the school and its achievements by Mr Ali Karan, Regional Director of PakTurk ICEF, Mr Mesut Kacmaz, Principal Clifton Branch, and Mr Ali Demirbas, Principal Gulshan-e- Iqbal Branch.

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Having visited the classrooms and labs, Mr Murat M. Onart chatted with the students and admired the efforts made by the administration to provide a prolific learning environment to the students.


PAKTURK STUDENTS CALLED ON THE TURKISH AMBASSADOR

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Following the briefing given by Mr. Mehmet Armagan, Head of Turkish Department, PakTurk students narrated their summer school experiences to His Excellency Ambassador of Turkey.

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A delegation of students who participated to the 2011 PakTurk Summer School in Turkey on June 15 to July 15 called on His Excellency Mr. M.Babür Hızlan, Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey to Pakistan at the Turkish Embassy Islamabad.

Having listened to students individually, Mr. Hızlan stressed that such programs would yield great benefits for the relations between the two countries in a very near future. He also expressed his delight on hearing that the summer school had been entertaining and fruitful for students. Students presented the Turkish Ambassador a small compilation of their remarks on the 2011 Summer School, on which Mr. Hızlan stated his pleasure to see their mastery on Turkish expressions and grammar. Thanking H.E. Ambassador of Turkey on behalf of the PakTurk ICEF, Mr. Kamil Türe, Director Education added, “We are especially gratified to have had the benefaction and guidance of His Excellency Hızlan for our summer school programs.”

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PAKTURK LITTLE HEARTS EARLY CHILDHOOD PUBLICATIONS

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PakTurk International Little Hearts Preschool Series offers a wide range of books, stories, posters, flash cards, puzzles and games which are thoughtfully written and beautifully designed and illustrated. The content of the books is of high educational value and is lots of fun at the same time. Children are attracted by the colourful pictures and the lively content of the text engages their interest for hours. The Little Hearts Preschool Series focus on teaching children the skills and values that they need to learn in pre-school. The child-centred activities help children to develop fine motor skills and learn how to look after them selves at pre-school age. In addition, this set contains activities to support reading and writing practice. Designed to entertain and teach basic skills and topics of English, Mathematics and Urdu, activities in the books are accompanied by clear and simple instructions to ensure the child's success in learning.

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Placing special care on learning to write letters


and numbers correctly, the Little Hearts Pre School Series guides the development of legible writing and letter and letter-sound recognition with fun. Readers and stories in the series have morals encouraging children to learn right from wrong in a creative and fun way. Engaging parents with their activities, the books also share parents' concern for their kids moral and creative development.

develop children's reasoning, fine- motor and problem solving skills. Designed for English, Mathematics, Urdu and Life Sciences, Little Hearts posters add visual interest to the textbook topics and help to keep the children focused on the message of the class presentations.

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Jigsaw puzzles in the series bring a range of benefits along with simply fun. Aiming to help children develop and boost certain key skills be useful in their academic and daily lives, the Little Hearts Jigsaw Puzzles helps

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Life Sciences books in the Little Hearts Series aim to teach children to be aware of their environment and to learn the importance of good behaviour to human beings and all creatures.

Little Hearts Series's flashcards with beautiful, high-quality photographs and pictures introduce a variety of fundamental topics on letters, numbers, colours, shapes, opposites, jobs, fruits, vegetables, transportation, animals and parts of the body. Made from durable and laminated material, flashcards can be wiped clean. PakTurk International Little Hearts Preschool Series improve children's hearts, souls and minds, helping them to become more caring and the builders of a better world in the future.

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BREAKING NEW GROUNDS IN LAHORE

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Lahore PakTurk educational institutions will soon have another jewel to crown its schools across Pakistan. PakTurk New Girls Campus in Lahore is to be located in the Airlines Housing Society on Khayaban-e-Iqbal over an 8 kanal plot. With a covered area of 56,000 square feet, the design of the four-storeyed school building also allows future extensions. The school is to educate girls students from Middle School up to A level and Intermediate level. Besides 30 spacious classrooms, the school building will have state of the art laboratories for Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Computer as well as a 200-people capacity conference hall and a Central Library. The top floor of the school is reserved as hostel dormitories for 44 students with dining and laundry facilities. All the classrooms and dormitories are equipped with air-conditioners and a standby power generator for lift and essential facilities. The campus is to have a large playground for extra curricular activities.


CM PUNJAB MEETS TURKISH ENTREPRENEURS AND EDUCATIONISTS

EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION AND PARENTING SEMINARS Mr. Efkan Yesildag, Professor of Psychology at Fatih University, Istanbul, gave a series of seminars at the PakTurk educational institutions in Islamabad, Lahore, and Karachi on communication in family and child education.

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Having graced the inauguration function of the PakTurk Businessmen Association (PTBA) in Lahore, Mr Shahbaz Sharif commended highly on the outstanding performance of the PakTurk educational institutions at national and international platforms. Honourable Chief Minister encouraged the visiting Turkish philanthropic business community as well as educators to open more PakTurk schools in Punjab as well as a PakTurk University in Lahore.

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An exclusive Turkish delegation comprising of entrepreneurs and educationists called on H.E. Mr Mian Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, Chief Minister Punjab, discussing scopes and prospects for developing education across Punjab.

Participated by PakTurk teaching staff and families, the highly-popular seminars dealt with the crucial problems faced by families across the world, with a special emphasis of educating children and maintaining effective communication between spouses to contribute to a prolific learning environment. Highlighting the importance of families as the nucleus of the society, Prof Yesildag added, “If we wish to bring up good generations, we also have to show utmost respect to our own parents. The current crises plaguing our societies in the shape of divorces and family violence, like mirrors of our own practices, stare back hard to us. While striving to provide comfortable lives to our children, we forfeit our own comfort; we always work to share the good sides of life with them. We do not do good, rather. As we wish for bringing up faultless children, we isolate them from life's realities; in the same while we turn a dead eye on our own faults. Mistakes are there to teach us how to mend them, yet our children are afraid to commit mistakes. I suggest we educate our kids in a way to learn from their mistakes.�

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A NEW BLOSSOM ON THE PAKTURK TREE

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PakTurk ICEF held the groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of PakTurk Islamabad Primary and Girls New Campus in sector H-8/1. The chief guest of the occasion Hon. Deputy Chairman of the Senate of Pakistan Mr Jan Muhammad Khan Jamali lauded the efforts of the PakTurk educational institutions across Pakistan and especially in Balochistan; highlighting the oustanding achievements of the institutions at national and international level. He encouraged the Turkish philanthropists and the PakTurk ICEF executives to open more schools in Balochistan to boost education in the province. Mr Jamali also congratulated the Pakistani businessmen for lending a noble hand to the cause of education and setting impressive examples for their counterparts in Pakistan and Turkey. The construction expenses for the Islamabad PakTurk Primary and Girls New Campus are met by the Pakistani philanthropist businessmen.


Speaking on the groundbreaking ceremony, Chairman of the PakTurk ICEF, Mr Ăœnal Tosur regarded the day as a historic junction as the big-hearted and generous Pakistani businessmen followed suit for the example set by Turkish philanthropist businessmen brothers sixteen years ago by coming to Pakistan to initiate for the opening of the first PakTurk school.

Earlier, Pakistani philanthropist businessmen generously raised funds and completed the construction of a 150-student capacity hostel for the students of PakTurk Islamabad Boys Campus in December 2009. Most recently, they have completed the construction of the 150-student capacity hostel for the students of PakTurk Peshawar Boys Campus and got the operational by September 5, 2011. The construction expenses of the 150-boarder capacity Lahore Main Campus hostel building have been met by the philanthropist Pakistani businessmen in Lahore.

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Scheduled to be completed within 18 months, PakTurk Islamabad Primary and Girls New Campus building has 41 classrooms, 6 laboratories as well as recreational areas and a hostel of 80-student capacity.

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Admiring the sponsors of the project wholeheartedly, Mr Tosur stated that PakTurk educational institutions were further empowered with more momentum, zeal and enthusiasm with this magnanimous gesture.

NATIONAL LANGUAGE FESTIVAL AT PAKTURK ISLAMABAD MAIN CAMPUS PakTurk Islamabad Main Campus held a memorable and informative Urdu Language Festival. In addition to the academic aspects of the festival, a series of fun activities too were organized under the guidance of Mr Hasnain Nazish, Head of Urdu Department and Mr Shakeel Ahmed, Senior Urdu Lecturer. The festival programme comprised of speeches and presentations on the development of Urdu as a world language as well as quiz, reading, essay writing, bait baazi, calligraphy, website publishing and bulletin board decoration competitions.

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TRAILBLAZING SUCCESS AT INTEL ISEF 2012

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Subsequent to provincial rounds, the 2012 National Finals for the Intel ISEF were held in Islamabad where Hon. Federal Secretary, Ministry of Science and Technology Mr.Ikhlaq Ahmed graced the occasion as the Chief Guest. Intel National Finals saw PakTurk educational institutions winning three Best of Category Awards and 2 Special Awards in the competition. Bringing pride and distinction to PakTurk educational family, the high achievers added one more link to their tradition of illustrious success. 16 out of 85 finalist projects belonged to PakTurk students. Usama Ahmed Awan of PakTurk Khairpur Boys Section got awarded as Best of Category in Biology with his project ‘Get the Pollutants out: Removal and Harmful Pollutants from Waste Water'. Muhammad Mughees Khan of PakTurk Lahore Boys Section got awarded as Best of Category in Computer with his project ‘Eye Controlled Wheel Chair for Paralyzed People'. Wajahat Waheed of PakTurk Islamabad Boys Section got awarded as Best of Category in Mathematics with his project ‘Solving Trigonometric Inequalities by Analytic Geometry'. Abdul Daim of PakTurk Islamabad Boys Section got awarded as Special Award in Biology with his project ‘Desalination of Soil by Ancient Way and Generating of Electricity by Modern Way'.

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Faiz Chaudry of PakTurk Lahore Boys Section got awarded as Special Award in Physics with his project ‘An Alternative Method to Determine the Co-efficient of Expansion Metals'.


ENGLISH LANGUAGE FESTIVALS AT PAKTURK

Students took part in Spelling Bee, Poetry Writing and Recitation, Essay Competition, Word Chains, and Drama Festival held throughout the celebrations.

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Organized during September 2011, English Language festivals across PakTurk educational institutions brought together a spectrum of academic and fun activities.

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On the closing day of the Festival, an exclusive certificate distribution ceremony was held where the high achievers and the participants were given recognition and souvenirs. Students from primary, secondary and higher secondary classes staged three plays, i.e. “The Miraculous Orange Tree”, “Adventures of Sherlock Holmes” and “The Father and The Son” respectively.

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REACHING OUT TO HOMES AND HEARTS IN THE EID’UL AZHA

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Since 1995, PakTurk ICEF has been undertaking Grand Qurbani Programmes on the auspicious occasion of Eid'ul Azha so as to share this bounty of the faith with thousands of the disadvantaged, the needy and the flood affectees in Pakistan. On the 2011 Eid'ul Azha, PakTurk ICEF sacrificed1200 sacrificial (qurbani) cows in Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Multan, Peshawar, Quetta, Khairpur Mirs, Muzaffarabad, Charsadda, Muzaffargarh, Dadu and Hyderabad as well. The expenditure incurred on procurement of animals, packing and distribution of qurbani meat are met from the zakat and charities donated by Turkish philanthropists from Turkey and with the collaboration of the sister organization Kimse Yok Mu Solidarity & Aid Association, Turkey. PakTurk ICEF volunteer reached to more than 40,000 needy and flood affected families across Pakistan.


LAHORE MAIN CAMPUS GETS THE HOSTEL BUILDING

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Sponsored by a group of philanthropic businessmen from Lahore, the construction of this 120-boarder capacity hostel building filled up a void by providing state-of-the-art accommodation facilities second to none for the comfort of students.

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Having its foundation stone placed by H.E. Mr Mian Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, Chief Minister Punjab on February 27, 2011 in a ceremony also graced by parents, Turkish philanthropist businessmen and vice chancellors of five Turkish universities, PakTurk Lahore Main Campus Hostel Building opened its doors for its boarders by December 2011.

PakTurk educational institutions' annually-held nationwide merit scholarship examinations and talent pageants open the doors of gratis education and accommodation facilities to successful and bright students with limited means.

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PESHAWAR BOYS HOSTEL BUILDING GOT INTO SERVICE

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Spanning over 58,000 square-feet covered area; PakTurk Peshawar Boys Hostel building got into service on September 5, 2011. The 120-boarder capacity hostel has five multi-purpose halls and a dining hall for 200 people. Providing modern and comfortable accommodation facilities for students, the building also has guestrooms designed to host 20 guests at a time.


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The author of more than 20 ELT books, Ms Nuttall has been a teacher trainer for the last 27 years. and Mr Kamil T端re, Director Education, presented souvenirs to the resource person. Southern Region workshops were held for two days in Karachi with the Thanking the PakTurk administrators and participation of the PakTurk teachers teachers for their warm reception, Mrs. from Karachi, Quetta and Khairpur Mirs. Kathleen Nuttall said she found Pakistani people and their culture mesmerizing The two-day Northern Region INSET and she was then leaving with beautiful workshops in Islamabad saw the memories and a promise for coming back. participation of the PakTurk teachers from the PakTurk branches in Islamabad, Addressing at the certificate distribution Lahore, Peshawar and Multan. ceremony, PakTurk ICEF's Director Education, Mr. Kamil T端re urged the teachers to More than 100 teachers of English implement the techniques they learnt during to various levels and classes the workshop in their classrooms. Mr T端re also attended Ms Nuttall's INSET. announced the year 2011 as the Year of English Language and assured the teachers of his At the end of the workshops, unconditional support to increase the standard teachers were given certificates of learning at PakTurk educational institutions.

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Before the start of new academic term 2011-12, PakTurk Department of English organized INSET workshops for English teachers. On occasion of introducing a new curriculum for English this year, the Department invited Ms Kathleen Nuttall from the Oxford University Press for a number of textbook and methodology workshops at PakTurk educational institutions.

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A SPLENDID SUMMER SCHOOL AND LASTING MEMORIES

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2011 PakTurk Summer School in Turkey saw the participation of 97 students from PakTurk educational institutions across Pakistan. Held on 28 June – 18 July 2011 in Kayseri, the Summer School was comprised of great entertainment as well as education for 25 female and 72 male students of Class 8 and 9. Various classes were held for improving students' spoken and written language skills in English and Turkish. In addition, fun trips to historical and touristic sights of Kayseri such as the Fortress, Mount Erciyes Resort – where students met with snow in the scorching heat of summer, cable-car, Kayseri Marina, and Lunapark are now remembered as cherished memories. Students had a great time in sports and outdoor activities like horse-riding, paintball, soccer, volleyball, and cricket as well as watching the latest movies in the cinema, visits to the city museum and factories, last but not the least, a day at the hot springs. Students were booked in the evenings by Turkish families who hosted them for sumptuous dinners. Wholehearted thanks go to each host family for opening their homes and hearts to our students and crowning those memories with great gifts.

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In addition to the summer school program followed in Kayseri, various other historical and touristic locations in the region were visited too. Students took great interest during visiting the Fairy Chimneys and Roman relics in Ürgüp and Göreme in Cappadocia. Visit to Konya was termed a historical as well as a spiritual experience where students also visited the Tombs of Jalaluddin Rumi and Shams-e-Tabrizi. Not to forget about the culinary memories invoked by the Meaty Bread, an exclusive taste from Konya…

Istanbul simply stole the kids' hearts away. PakTurk ICEF unreservedly thanks the Union of Turkish World Municipalities in the persons of Mr. Nihat Zeybekçi, Chairman and Mr. Mustafa Baskurt, Secretary General, for their sponsorship and hosting of the Istanbul phase of the summer school activities. Most prominent thanks go to TIKA – Turkish Economic Development Agency in the persons of Dr. Serdar Cam, Director General and Ms Elif Islamoglu, Pakistan Country Director along with the other TIKA executives for the funding of the 2011 PakTurk Summer School.

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Following Kayseri, students travelled to Ankara where they visited the Anitkabir – Mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk – Kocatepe Mosque and a number of shopping malls After a short stay in Ankara, PakTurk summer-schoolers travelled to Istanbul where they stayed for four days and visited several locations of historical, cultural and touristic worth such as Abu Ayyub al-Ansari Mosque, Sultan Ahmed Mosque a.k.a Blue Mosque, Ayasofya, Covered Bazaar, Miniaturk, Istanbul Aquarium, as well as a spectacular Bosphorus Tour on an exclusive yacht. One should be not surprised if we say

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Heartiest thanks to the PakTurk sponsors who hosted students in an unforgettably nice manner in Kayseri, and to Mr Ali Köksal, Director General of the Kilicarslan educational institutions in the city.

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ARE THEY REALLY ALL ALONE?

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PakTurk Lahore Girls Branch students visited the City Orphanage along with their teachers. On the eve of the Eid'ul Azha, each student prepared special packs for the orphan children to bring them joy with biscuits, candies, dresses, and stationery. Words cannot express how each school child and teacher felt. Once they met, the children mingled with the little souls in the orphanage and shared their problems in exchange of heartfelt gifts. An atmosphere of feast and celebration prevailed across the orphanage even for a short while among many days of heartache. Soon it was the time to say goodbye. As they were waving their hands to say goodbye, the children were saying, “güle güle” just the same as the Turkish teacher was saying while she was bidding them farewell. PakTurk students wished to make their friends in the orphanage feel they were not all alone. Once love was shared, it spread all around.

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PAKTURK BIOLOGISTS TOP SINDH ROUNDS OF 2011 INTEL SCIENCE PROJECT OLYMPIAD

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In Biology category, all the winner projects belonged to the PakTurk Karachi and Khairpur Mirs.

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Held on November 3-4, 2011, the Sindh rounds of Intel National Science Project saw the participation of PakTurk's Karachi and Khairpur Mirs students with their inspiring and informative projects. Efforts of the students and their teachers bore fruit when three of the projects were selected for the national rounds of the Intel Science Olympiad held in Islamabad.

Having prepared under the guidance of Mr. Abdullah Jan, Science Teacher, Mir Khan of Class 7 with his project titled “Removal of Rust by Using Herbs,” got the Best Individual Project Award. The project, “Prevention of Fruits by Using Grapefruit Peels”, supervised by Mr. Ahmet Nuri Karahan, Biology Teacher, brought Osama Kiyani and Sheheryar Khan of Class 9 the Best Team Project Award. Supervised by Mr. Muhammad Ali Girgenc, Biology Teacher, Usama Ahmad Awan of PakTurk Khairpur Mirs won the Best Individual Project Award with his project, “Extraction of Metals from Industrial Water with the Help of Tea Dregs.”

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PAKTURK TOPS THE KPK ROUNDS OF INTEL NSC

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KPK rounds of the Intel National Science Project Olympiad was held in Peshawar at PakTurk International Schools & Colleges Main Campus on 28-30 November 2011. Yet another example to their tradition of success, PakTurk students won three Best of Category awards, two students were short-listed and one student got the Grand Winner Award. 1. Isa bin Qasim - Grand Winner - Biology project “Mystery of Loquat” 2. Jarullah Khan - Best of Category Award - Physics project “High Efficiency of Wind Energy” 3. Aizaz - Best of Category Award - Biology project “Anti-Diabetic Activity of Tecoma Stains” 4. M.Sohaib and Taimur - Shortlisted - Biology project “The Effect of Seed Size on Germination Rate” 5. Ahmed Rajab, Farhan and Naemullah - Shortlisted - Physics project “Wave-Based Electrical Energy”

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PAKTURK STUDENTS DONATE POCKET MONEY FOR THE SURVIVORS OF VAN EARTHQUAKE Students of PakTurk educational institutions and a group of Pakistani philanthropist businessmen collected an amount of Rs. 1.9 million (39,000 TL) to be sent for the survivors of the earthquake which struck the city of Van in Turkey. The delegation called on His Excellency Mr. M. Babür Hızlan, Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey in the Turkish Embassy. Voicing their concern and grief about the loss of lives and property, the PakTurk delegation prayed to Allah for the victims and wished early recovery for the injured and survivors. The delegation submitted Rs. 900,000 (18,000 TL) collected by the students from the 18 branches of PakTurk educational institutions across Pakistan as well as Rs. 1 million (21,000 TL) collected by the Pakistani businessmen and workers to His Excellency Mr. Hızlan to be conveyed to the Turkish Red Crescent for the benefit of the earthquake-affectees.

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Ambassador Hızlan thanked the PakTurk students and the Pakistani businessmen for their altruistic gesture. Asserting the fact that Pakistan and Turkey stood by each other in rain or shine, Mr. Hızlan reiterated that the material and spiritual assistance given by the people of Pakistan mean so much for the people of Turkey. Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Ünal Tosur, Chairman PakTurk ICEF, said they were immensely moved to see PakTurk students, administrators, teachers and staff having mobilized from the very day of the Van earthquake for the benefit and bringing relief to the earthquake-affectees. Tosur said, ‘'The nation of Allama Dr Muhammad Iqbal has once again shown that they were standing by the people of Anatolia. People from all walks of life, be they were students, workers, businesspeople or philanthropists, got mobilized and collected amounts for relief and rehabilitation in the wake of the recent Van earthquake. We are ultimately glad to have been instrumental in conveying this meaningful assistance to dress the wounds of the earthquake survivors.'' At the end of their visit, the delegation submitted the bank vouchers for the donated amounts to His Excellency M. Babür Hızlan. Established in 1995 and operating under the auspices of the PakTurk ICEF in 7 cities with 18 school and college campuses, PakTurk International Schools & Colleges educate about 6,000 students from Pre-School to University level.

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COUNTRY DIRECTOR TIKA RECEIVED PAKTURK STUDENTS A delegation of PakTurk students who participated to the 2011 Summer School in Turkey was at the TIKA (Turkish International Cooperation and Development Agency) Pakistan Country Office for a visit of thanks. Calling on Ms Elif Islamoglu, Country Director of the TIKA, students received a warm welcome. Sharing her delight on hearing students' good memories and satisfaction after the 2011 PakTurk Summer School, Ms Islamoglu stated that such visits would surely augment the love and affection between the two countries and help them to know each other better.”

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As a token of appreciation and advice for the visiting students, Ms Elif Islamoglu also added, “I consider two professions as with the utmost dedication in and to life; being a medical doctor and being a teacher. I am a witness to the endeavours and dedication shown by your teachers at PakTurk educational institutions, and I wholeheartedly congratulate them.” PakTurk International Schools & Colleges thank Ms. Elif Islamoglu, TIKA's Country Director for Pakistan and the TIKA executives for extending their generous support of sponsorship for the 2011 PakTurk Summer School.

ANNUAL FUNCTION OF PAKTURK KARACHI JUNIORS

An entire academic year's toil and sweat came to a sweet conclusion with the Annual Function held at the PakTurk Karachi Junior Section. Primary school children mesmerized the audience with their impressive songs, folk dances and skits. Giving peace and harmony messages, the children voiced their wish for a better world and future.

High achievers and the participants were awarded with certificates and souvenirs during the night.

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Speaking on the occasion, Mr Ali Demirbas, Principal, reiterated PakTurk educational institutions' mission to bring Pakistan and Turkey closer with the language of amity and education, and gave glimpses of the achievements made by the students at national and international level.


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Sponsors of PakTurk educational institutions in Islamabad and Lahore were very pleased to host students at several breakfasts and dinners during their stay. Various excursions were organized to sights and spots in these two cities like Shakarparian and Pakistan Monument, Daman-e-Koh, Faisal Mosque, Rawal Lake and Park, Murree Hills, Wagah Border, Lahore Fort, Badshahi Masjid, Minar-e-Pakistan, and Shalimar Gardens.

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Having visited the Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industries, students met Mr Munawar Mughal, former President ICCI and Chairman of Joint Action Committee. Speaking on the occasion, Mr Mughal said that Balochistan province was full of minerals, oil and gas resources, thus more development projects needed to be initiated in Balochistan since the province needed industrialization without delay. Mr. Abbas Hashmi, Chairman, Social Welfare Sub-Committee ICCI highlighted the role of ICCI in facilitating the business community and said that they were playing proactive role in the social welfare activities.

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Once a year, Class 8 students from PakTurk Quetta branch spend a month of their winter vacation in Islamabad and Lahore through a number of informative and fun activities. 15 December 2011 to 15 January 2012 saw the visit of 30 students from Quetta, having English and Turkish refreshment classes in the morning and the afternoons reserved for field trips, movies, and time-out.

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PAKTURK CARVES ITS PLACE IN PAKISTAN BRAIN TEAM

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A competition was held in the School of Mathematical Sciences, Government College University, Lahore, in December 2011 to select the students who will participate in International Mathematics Olympiad to represent Pakistan. Among about 400 mathematical minds, 29 students could make through to participate for the first camp, where PakTurk Lahore's O level students Hasan Iqbal, Hasan Raza and Abdur Rehman carved their place to vie for the top positions.

TOP READERS AWARDED

Avid readers and high achievers at PakTurk Karachi Boys Campus were awarded at an exclusive ceremony held at the school premises. Distributed in three categories i.e. Best Student of the Month, Best Reader of the Month, and Best Class of the Month, the awards aim to encourage reading, social harmony and school culture among students.


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Mingling entertainment with parables, primary school children gave their piece of mind to the grown-ups, urging them to be more considerate about the way they use the resources, behave in the society, and inherit a better world to the rising generations.

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PakTurk Lahore Main Campus juniors concluded the academic year with an impressive Annual Function, which was a memorable treat for all in the audience.

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ONCE A PAKTURKIAN ALWAYS A PAKTURKIAN

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PakTurk Alumni Association contributes to PakTurk graduates' social, cultural, vocational and scientific career as well as flourishing and expanding collaboration among them and the PakTurk educational institutions. The Association takes the initiatives to facilitate and provide for the PakTurk graduates opportunities in higher education in Pakistan and abroad. Moreover, always ready to assist the PakTurk graduates in finding solutions to challenges they face in education and tenure, the PakTurk Alumni Association strives to develop them as successful professionals.


PAKTURK GETS SILVER AND BRONZE FROM INEPO-EURASIA 2011

Aiming to look at resentful world differently, share peaceful experiences, and help new projects to be prepared and live fraternity and brotherhood, INEPO-Eurasia is an annual environmental project olympiad for high school students held annually in Baku, Azerbaijan since 2007 with the support of SOCAR, the Education Ministry, the Ecology and Natural Resources Ministry, Cag Ogretim Isletmeleri and Public Ecological Association INEPO-AVRASIA.

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PakTurk students outstone their competitors with the environmental projects, “Remediation of Industrial Wastewaters through Constructed Wetlands of Typha Angustifolia” (Lahore Girls Branch - Silver Medal) and “Solar Thermal Heating” (Peshawar Branch - Bronze Medal), bringing pride and distinction to Pakistan.

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2011 INEPO-Eurasia saw the participation of 300 students from 36 countries. PakTurk educational institutions represented Pakistan with two project teams of total four students.

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MEANINGFUL GESTURE BY PAKTURK STUDENTS

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On occasion of the celebrations on 29 October Turkish Republic Day, an exclusive function was held at the resident of the Consul General of Turkey in Karachi. A choir of students from Karachi PakTurk Boys and Girls branches chanted the national anthems of Pakistan and Turkey at the function. At the end of the reception, students from PakTurk Karachi Girls Section presented an amount to Mr. Murat Onart, Consul General of Turkey, to be delivered to the affectees of the Van Earthquake. Mr. Onart thanked the students and congratulated them on their magnanimous and humanitarian gesture.

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Syed Haider Sultan of Class 6B rocked the stage of the Alhamra Arts Council Lahore on October 24, 2011 by securing the Second Position in the All-Pakistan Music Contest.


“IT REALLY IS A GREAT GESTURE…” The devastating earthquake in the Turkish province of Van resonated in the hearts of the people of all ages across Pakistan, mobilizing them without delay for the help of the affected in Van. In this regard, various fundraising and material collection campaigns were launched and supported by parents, teachers and school children as well.

During the visits, the earthquake survivors were extremely moved, saying, “While Pakistan herself is in difficulty, the way you remembered us to ease our pains is really a great gesture.” Having briefed about the humanitarian presence of Pakistani businessmen in Van, the Governor of the province, Mr. Munir Karaloglu received them at the Governor's Office and said, “On behalf of the people of Van, I wholeheartedly thank you all for standing by our side during these hard times.”

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Throughout the two-day sojourn in Van, the earthquake survivors accommodated in tents were visited one by one. Though they were stricken with calamity and strain, the people of Van showed the best hospitality they could to their valued Pakistani visitors.

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In Lahore, a group of businessmen including Mr Sahir Rasheed, Mr Hafiz Abdul Qayyum, Mr Abid Abdullah, and Mr Awais Rauf collected an amount of USD 50,000 and travelled to the earthquake-struck city of Van along with Mr Taner Kocyigit, Secretary General of the PakTurk Businessmen Association (PTBA). The delegation visited the survivors in their tents and temporary quarters, showing solidarity with them during their ordeal. The amount collected was donated for the benefit of the earthquake survivors through the agency and officials of the Kimse Yok Mu Solidarity and Aid Association in Van.

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OPENING AN EYE TO THE HEART: THIRD EYE EXHIBITION

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Islamabad PakTurk International Pre-School and Primary Branch held a unique model display titled, “Third Eye 3D (Three-Dimensional) Installation Exhibition” at F-9 Park. In the exhibition, 80 indigenous models, prepared by students of KG – Class 5, were displayed. More than 5000 people from all walks of life visited the stalls. Yet another atrraction of the day was the Science Fair where the science projects with on-site experiments and the eye-candy Arts Exhibition based on recycling theme were showcased. Turkish and Pakistani cuisines attracted enthusiastic crowds. Cultural shows, book fair and traditions like Mehndi and handicrafts added further colour to the day. The income generated from sales are donated for sponsoring deserving students with limited means.

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PAKTURK BLOSSOMS IN SINDH: PAKTURK LUMHS BRANCH, JAMSHORO

CHAIRMAN, CDA VISITED PAKTURK ISLAMABAD MAIN CAMPUS Engr. Farkhand Iqbal, Chairman CDA visited Islamabad PakTurk International Schools & Colleges Main Campus.

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The campus opens its doors to students in April 2012.

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Established in collaboration with the Liaquat University of Medical & Health Sciences (LUMHS) in Jamshoro, Sindh, PakTurk International Schools & Colleges LUMHS Branch is a new bloom on the expanding tree of PakTurk educational institutions.

Welcomed by Mr. Fesih Celik, Managing Director PakTurk ICEF and Mr Ebubekir Haspolat, Principal, Mr Farkhand Iqbal took a round of the Campus after a multimedia briefing about the history, achievements, and prospects of the PakTurk educational institutions in Islamabad and across Pakistan. Having signed the Honour Book, Hon. Chairman CDA termed the Islamabad Campus as “a gift from the Turkish people to Pakistani people,” and added, “I appreciate the efforts of Turkish people in this regard. I pray for this friendship forever.”

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PONSE IN 7TH ISMO

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January 2012 saw the outstanding response and the largest participation to the 7th ISMO – Inter-School Mathematics Olympiad, organized by the PakTurk educational institutions across Pakistan in the cities where the PakTurk branches are located.

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More than 15,000 students of Class 5 – 8 studying at various state and private educational institutions in Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi, Peshawar, Quetta, and Khairpur Mirs participated to the ISMO which aims to popularize Mathematics among school children and encourage them to realize their potentials in this central discipline which lies in the foundation of the laws across the universe and which currently propels the science and technology endeavours worldwide. High achievers at the 7th ISMO were awarded with attractive cash prizes and souvenirs. Prominent businesses and enterprises across Pakistan sponsored the ISMO in collaboration with the PakTurk educational institutions. Students and parents expressed their satisfaction for participating to the ISMO, which provided a nationwide benchmarking and assessment for school children on their skills in Mathematics. Having observed their ranking among thousands of students in Pakistan, students were thrilled to discover how interesting and inspiring Mathematics can be at this high-energy events overflowed with enthusiasm. Heartiest thanks go to the all-Pakistan organizing committees and sponsors for ISMO along with the administrators and Maths teachers at the PakTurk educational institutions as well as the teachers of the participant schools across the country.

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WINTER AND SUMMER SCHOOLS

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Holidays are extraordinary fun at PakTurk educational institutions. Annually, junior and secondary school students spend memorable vacations embedded in learning and fun activities. The wide spectrum of camp programs include indoor and outdoor activities like basketball, soccer, horse-riding, quiz competitions, watching movies, song contests, learning to cook Turkish and Pakistani dishes, field trips, bonfires, BBQ parties, and picnics. Aimed to maximize the potentials of students and reveal hidden talents, winter and summer camps are enthusiastically received and supported by students and parents alike.

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