Educational Volunteers Foundation of Turkey (TEGV) was founded in January 23, 1995 with the aim of "supporting the primary education provided by the government" by a group of industrialists, managers and academics leaded by Suna Kıraç, who believed by their whole hearts that education comes before everything else.
TEGV was founded by a board of 55 trustees who believed that lack of education lies on the basis of most of the problems our country is facing today and that it is not possible to reach the contemporary level of civilization without solving this issue and who has the will and determination to take part in this solution.
In its first years TEGV had provided scholarships, repaired schools, had activities in youth centers and then decided to focus on providing "after school educational support" for primary school children. Throughout the years, TEGV became the most widespread NGO in Turkey in the area of education.
Basis of Existence
"The prerequisite for seeing brighter faces in the future of Turkey, is to provide children with the best educational opportunities today."
The state, which has an undisputed responsibility in the provision of national education, often faces impediments in achieving this mission due to the lack of resources and administrative challenge. Volunteer organizations, the private sector and citizens are thus obliged to support the state in this provision for productivity, by creating precedents to address insufficiencies and share responsibility in this vital area. The underlying principle is a contribution to the formal state education.
The objective of Educational Volunteers is to create and implement educational programs and extracurricular activities for children aged 7-16, so that they can acquire skills, knowledge and attitudes supporting their development as rational, responsible, self-confident, peace-loving, inquisitive, cognizant, creative individuals, who are against any kind of discrimination, respect diversity and are committed to the basic principles of the Turkish Republic. TEGV implements unique educational programs, with the support of its volunteers, in the Education Parks, Learning Units, Firefly Mobile Units, City Representative Offices and in primary schools through the "Support for Social Activities Protocol".
- Independence:Our Foundation is independent of any company or person.
- Mission Oriented: We use our resources only for our fundamental requirements, which are stated, in our Foundation Statute.
- Justice, Equality, Tolerance and Respect: We approach all our personnel, volunteers, children, donors and other partners in line with justice and equality principles. TEGV cannot be involved in any discrimination against any religious beliefs, language, ethnicity or gender. We have respect for different thoughts and beliefs. Mutual respect is important between the partners both inside and outside the Foundation.
- Reliability: We comply with transparency and accountability principles at all levels of our activities. We do not to share the information provided by our stakeholders with third party individuals and institutions.
- Cooperation and Solidarity: We see all NGO's as our stake holders and we pay careful attention to be in cooperation, solidarity and communication
- Rights and Responsibilities: In all of our work, we observe the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Declaration of the Rights of the Child. The board of trustees, managers, volunteers and personnel of our Foundation fulfill the necessities of active and responsible citizenship. It is important for us to use today's resources effectively in order not to waste the resources of our children and we reflect this sensitivity to all our work.
- Innovation: In line with the continuous development principle, our Foundation takes on an innovative perspective, creates unique models and implements them.