4th Operation Steering Committee Meeting under ODAP Conducted

The fourth of the Operation Coordination Meetings, where the progress made and the future activities under ODAP are shared with the Project stakeholders, were held in Ankara.

The representatives of the stakeholder institutions and organisations supporting the project, the representatives from the European Union Delegation to Türkiye, Ministry of National Education, and the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, being the Contracting Authority of the Project, Operation Coordination Unit members as well as the technical assistance Team attended the meeting.

4th Operation Steering Committee started with the opening speech of the Project Director Mr. Louis Tanguy. Thereafter, the Sector Manager in the European Union Delegation to Türkiye, Prof. Dr. Mustafa Balcı took the floor and requested the participants to share their opinions by stating that a lot of progress had been made so far within the scope of the project. “We will benefit from your experience for the better implementation of the Project” added Prof. Balcı.

Talking on behalf of the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, Mr. Osman Murat Çetin, Department Head in the General Directorate of Foreign Affairs and EU, stated that education was key to the rise of the country and that was why their Ministry attach great importance to conducting projects with the Ministry of National Education.

Then, Ms. Hatice Özdemir, Head of Private Bureau Department in the General Directorate of Secondary Education took the floor and expressed that they aimed to ensure that children come to school with pleasure in order to keep them in the education system. “Türkiye extends along a very large geography; thus, the reasons why children do not come to school vary. We are trying to raise our children for the ‘Century of Türkiye’ with many different projects” said the Department Head Ms. Özdemir.

After the opening speeches, ODAP Team Leader Ms. Cleofe Guardigli provided information related to the activities carried out within the previous 6 months of the Project.  Information on ODAP Integrated Model and Early Warning System was also provided, and planned activities for the next months were shared with the participants.

The meeting ended after the received questions were answered and participants’ feedback was received.