Yunus Emre Institute has opened STEM and robotic coding classrooms at two schools in Diyarbakır within the framework of the Academic and Scientific Cooperation Project of Turkey (TABİP), which has been launched under the auspices of the Presidency of the Turkish Republic.
Yunus Emre Institute President Prof. Dr. Şeref Ateş has attended the ceremony for opening of the classrooms at Köprübaşı Secondary School in Sur district and Bağcılar Anatolian High School in Bağcılar district. At the program held on February 17, 2020, President Şeref Ateş pointed out that the purpose of the TABİP is to bring culture and science to the country's agenda and improve the country's communication with the rest of the world.
President Ateş noted that the science classroom which the Institute had previously opened in Midyat district of Mardin in December piqued the interest of young people, which encouraged them to take the next step. "We have decided to make this investment using part of the revenues from our books sales abroad. We would like to roll out this approach that takes science, reason and culture at its center in this geography to which our President and Minister of National Education attach great importance," he said.
Ateş indicated that Al-Jazari, who invented the first robot, had emerged in this geography. "We named the classroom in Diyarbakır after him. We hope that our children and young people will be able to compete with the rest of the world using this classroom. We have launched the science classroom in order to create the infrastructure to this end. We believe this land will become the center of science, intellectual development and philosophy once again," he said.