Turkish Culture and Heritage Foundation celebrates Turkey’s Sovereignty and Children Day [PHOTO]
April 26, 2021 13:51 (UTC + 04: 00)
By Laman Ismayilova
The International Foundation for Turkish Culture and Heritage solemnly celebrated Turkey’s Sovereignty and Children’s Day, which is celebrated annually on April 23.
The event entitled “Meeting of Children of the Turkish World” was organized to strengthen the links between the Foundation and all member and observer countries of the organization, as well as to familiarize the young generation with the cultural values of the Turkish world.
The President of the International Foundation for Turkish Culture and Heritage Gunay Afandiyeva Foundation met with children.
“I am very happy that the future representatives of the great Turkish world are participating in this event. Today there are children from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Hungary, Lithuania, Azerbaijan and of course Turkey , which are a bridge between brother states. They are our hope, our joy, our future. The Turkish world has a history and a deep cultural heritage and our children should preserve this wealth in the future, “said Afandiyeva.
“Whatever sphere they choose, they must be good specialists, professionals in their field, so that adults, looking at them, are proud of them. And we, in turn, must give them a a world in which they can live happily. I am very happy that as they grow up, children will also study in depth the cultural heritage of brotherly countries. This is the mission of our Foundation, “she added.
Then the children representing the member and observer countries of the Foundation: Belinay Uygun (Turkey), Ipek Majid (Azerbaijan), Amina Nurmakhambetova (Kazakhstan), Madina Almazbekova (Kyrgyzstan), David Bedeks (Hungary), Medina Gurbangeldieva and Heseljeman Garaeva (Turkmenistan) )), Arnas Jan Eren (Turkey – Lithuania), Melek Khalilova (Azerbaijan), Zeynep Kaya (Turkey), Gulyaz Hasanzade, Kanan Bashirli, Elkhan Mammadli, Mirali Alizade, Mahir Hajiyev (Azerbaijan) read poems, performed songs in national costumes in their mother tongue, as well as music on traditional instruments.
At the end, Gunay Afandiyeva gave gifts to the children and took a souvenir photo.
The International Foundation for Turkish Culture and Heritage was established on the initiative of Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and with the support of Kazakh, Kyrgyz and Turkish leaders.
The headquarters of the organization is located in Baku, Azerbaijan. The president of the International Turkish Culture and Heritage Foundation is Gunay Afandiyeva.
The opening ceremony of the foundation building was held within the framework of the 7th Summit of the Cooperation Council of Turkish Speaking States in October 2019 with the participation of the Foreign Ministers of the member countries and observers of the foundation, as well as leaders Turkish cooperation organizations.
The foundation focuses on the preservation of Turkish heritage in member countries as well as on the conduct of projects in collaboration with partners from third countries.
The organization provides assistance in the protection, study and promotion of Turkish culture and heritage by supporting and funding various activities, projects and programs. It carries out its activities in cooperation with TURKSOY and the Turkish Academy.
In 2019, during the 7th Summit of the Cooperation Council of Turkish Speaking States (Turkish Speaking Council), Uzbekistan became a member of the organization and Hungary was granted observer status.
In February 2021, a memorandum of cooperation was signed between the International Foundation for Turkish Culture and Heritage and the Lithuanian Embassy in Azerbaijan.
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