Turkish primary school plans stir controversy in Freiburg

An association of Turkish academics plans to open a primary school in Freiburg, which ideally caters for all children, but bears a particular Turkish and Islamic outlook. The association would not be the first to open an educational institution for mainly Turkish children, but this time the project is influenced by a particular ideology, that of Turkish preacher Fethullah Gülen. Critics warn of a school that enforces the isolation of Turkish children and impedes their learning German. Fethullah Gülen is accused, for example by Necla Kelek, of promoting an “Islamic chauvinism”. The city council is currently evaluating the plans and might grant permission to go ahead with the project already this coming school year.