Saturday, April 23, 2005

2005 Maltepe University

23 April is International Children’s Day as initiated in Turkey by Atatürk.

National Sovereignty and Children's Day in Turkey is a unique event. The founder of the Turkish Republic, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, dedicated April 23 to the children of the country to emphasize that they are the future of the new nation. It was on April 23, 1920, during the War of Independence, that the Grand National Assembly met in Ankara and laid down the foundations of a new, independent, secular, and modern republic from the ashes of the Ottoman Empire. Ataturk entrusted the future protection of this sovereignty and independence to the hands of the youth. The importance of April 23 as a special day for children has been recognized by the international community. UNICEF recognizes this important day as the International Children's Day.

> NPP were invited to join children from 52 countries at Maltepe University and create a wall mural within the school premises. This is what happened......