TURKEY – Turkey’s Educational Reforms Put Christians at Disadvantage
International Christian Concern | Oct. 29, 2018
Turkey continues to make rapid progress at incorporating Islam into the educational structure, further complicating the challenges faced by Christian students. In just fifteen years, the number of Imam Hatip Schools have increased from 450 to 4,112. The number of pre-school Koran classes continue to rise and just this year, the Diyanet has appointed 559 spiritual guides in universities.
Although Turkey is the location of much of the New Testament, the number of Turkish Christians present today is quite small. Many are individuals who converted from Islam within the past few decades, which increases the pressure faced by their children.