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The Greek Minority and its foundations in Istanbul, Gokceada (Imvros) and Bozcaada (Tenedos)

Questions on minority education

The education matters of ethnic Greeks who reside in Turkey is regulated in the 1923 Lausanne Treaty (Art. 40 & 41), the provisions of which are complemented by the 1951 Education Agreement and the 1968 Cultural Protocol signed by Greece and Turkey.

Nevertheless, Turkish administration has systematically hindered the running of the Minority Greek schools. Deliberate acts of the administration vis-à-vis the Greek minority have led to i) a drastic decline in school enrolment from around 7,000 in 1960 to about 250 today, ii) the deterioration of provided schooling and iii) the closing of many schools.

Since the school-year 2013-2014, Greece salutes the re-opening of the Greek minority primary school in Gökçeada Zeytinli (Aghioi Theodoroi Imvrou), as well as, since the school-year 2015-2016, the re-opening of the minority high-school on the island. As a result, minority education is provided on the island in all school stages, for the first time after 50 years.



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