The number of students who are learning Turkish as a foreign language as an optional course at public schools within the framework of the "My Choice is Turkish" project, which has been implemented by Yunus Emre Institute since the 2011-2012 academic year is on the rise.
The project took start with approximately 1,000 students in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the number of the students who have learned Turkish under the project throughout the country has exceeded 8,000 as of this year. The Institute provides course materials and offers assistance in language teaching and supports professional development of Turkish teachers.
Between August 26 and 28, 2019, Yunus Emre Institute's Sarajevo Branch organized a In-Service Training Program for the Turkish teachers from Bosnia and Herzegovina who are working at the schools where Turkish is part of the curriculum.
Following the training program, the My Choice Is Turkish Project Assessment Meeting, hosted at International Sarajevo University, was held with the participation of Assistant Minister of Civil Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina Adnan Huskic, Yunus Emre Institute President Prof. Dr. Şeref Ateş and Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey to Sarajevo Haldun Koç. The representatives of the Turkish institutions in the country, school masters and teachers also attended the meeting, and the strong ties between Bosnia and Herzegovina and Turkey were emphasized. During the meeting, it was noted that the activities Yunus Emre Institute has been conducting in Bosnia and Herzegovina for 10 years are proof of these strong ties, and the Turkish learning students will act as a bridge that will reinforce the solidarity between the two countries.
At the end of the program, the Turkish teachers who attended the In-Service Training Program were presented with their certificates of participation.