Turkish ministry strikes Atatürk’s peace quote from curriculum

Turkish Ministry of Education removed a quote about peace from the Republic of Turkey’s founder, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk from the high school curriculum.

The curriculum originally cited Atatürk as saying, “Peace is the best way for nations to achieve prosperity and happiness,” and prompted teachers to highlight the importance of peace in the classroom.

The new curriculum for 12th graders removed the entire section on peace, educators told Ahval.

The new curriculum on geography also listed mega construction projects of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) as examples of how humans use nature.

Many of those projects, such as the Black Sea Coastal Highway, have been criticised by environmentalists for permanently damaging the environment and blocking locals' access to the seaside.