CHP Policy Proposals: Free and Quality Education for All Our Children

preschoolPRE-SCHOOL CARE FOR ALL CHILDREN

• We shall supplement privately owned kindergartens and child care centers top make sure that this very important barrier to women’s participation in the workforce is eliminated. In particular females in civil service will always have access to those facilities.

• We shall build Child Care Centers which will deliver both pre-natal care and health services for children. Basic pre-natal care, birthing and related services will be provided free of charge to poor families and women.

• Needy families will receive further financial aid for new children, as well as in-kind transfers, such as baby care supplies.

• Pregnant women will be given access to a new an extensive chain of psychological and pedagogic counseling centers. We will encourage the young fathers to take part in these sessions, as well.

• We promise to inoculate all children going through these centers, as well as to provide periodic check-ups to all those who seek them.

• Playgrounds will be erected in each neighborhood, with needy children receiving toys and educational material as part of our new welfare drive.

freeeducationFREE AND QUALITY EDUCATION FOR ALL OUR CHILDREN

• Pre-school attendance will be made mandatory.

• The practice of co-payments which have become an onerous financial burden for poor families will be eliminated. Primary and secondary schools will “really” free.

• CHP will undertake a comprehensive review of primary and secondary schools with respect to the quality of education, adequacy of teaching aids, qualifications of teachers. Each school will be furnished with play yards, gyms and areas for extracurricular activity.

• We shall enact a wide range of programs to enhance the access of handicapped children to our school system. Home-schooling resources will be increased. Teachers will be given pedagogic training to deal with these children.

• Primary and secondary school attendance will be full-day. We shall reform the underlying philosophy of our current school system to treat education as a social affair, which spans cultural acclimatization, athletics, extracurricular activities. Schools will be centers of attraction for our children in order to reduce tardiness and drop-out rates.

• All children will receive high-nutrition lunches and snacks.

freehealthcareFREE HEALTH CARE FOR CHILDREN

• CHP will increase maternity wards, ob-gyn clinics and childcare centers in state hospitals to ensure that our mothers and babies remain healthy and contribute to the society.

• Hospitals specializing on infant diseases, which can only be found in large cities will be erected in all provincial centers.

• We shall emphasize the delivery of child care, ob-gyn and related health services to rural areas.

• We shall launch a nation-wide campaign to educate young parents in child rearing, and early diagnosis of diseases.

• We will add a children’s focus to our city planning and zoning, making sure that our young generations have always access to playgrounds and similar facilities in every neighborhood.

childwelfare1OUR WELFARE STATE FOR THE CHILDREN

• CHP will focus on children of disadvantaged social classes making sure their health and notional needs are adequately met not to retard their development.

• Children will be exposed to anti-bias and anti-prejudice training from early on.

• CHP will launch a national campaign to raise awareness of “children’s rights”. We shall sign and implement international treaties safeguarding children.

• All our social policies will be reviewed with an eye on minding the interest of our children.

childrenpovertyNO CHILD GOES HUNGRY

• Under the Family Insurance system forced child labor will finally be ended. Furthermore, needy children will be granted access to education and health services.

• Family Insurance will make child support payments of TL45-100 per month per child.

• The same program will also provide cash payments to children attending school.

• Schooling will be further encouraged by free books and other school material.

• The Family Insurance initiative will also meet the room and board expenses of poor college students.

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Please also see CHP European Bulletin:  Children’s place in Turkey is alarming

About CHP EU Representation

The CHP was founded on 9 September 1923, about one and half month before the proclamation of the Republic of Turkey. The first President of modern Turkey’s oldest party was M. Kemal Atatürk. Today CHP is a social-democratic party, member of the Socialist International and associate member of the Socialist Group at the European Parliament. The scope of the CHP bureau in Brussels is not limited to the bilateral framework of Turkey's EU accession process. Issues such as the information society, energy policies, social development, climate change, international trade and security are among the different focus areas. The EU-Turkey relations are about integration and need multiple, plural and horizontal channels of communication. The CHP supports and promotes Turkey's EU membership process also by being more present and active in Brussels The CHP's Representative to the EU is Ms Kader Sevinç who previously worked as an MEP advisor at the European Parliament and in the private sector.
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