In general, what sectors of the society are enrolling their children in these schools?

Fethullah Gülen

From every sector applying, from every level of achievements, the pupils are accepted into these schools. In selecting the students, no sector, class, or levels are taken into account.[1]

Elsewhere, Fethullah Gülen states that their doors are open to every sector to avoid discrimination and prejudices. In turn, this helps their faith and the philosophy of the movement to be “progressive and inclusive.”

Additionally, a diverse student body is utilitarian: Imagine that after 15 or 20 years, Central Asia will be governed by the leaders who have graduated from the schools established by the participants of the Gülen Movement, who speak Turkish and English well and who are well educated in the Western sense and Western standards. One does not have force oneself to see that this vision will be reality tomorrow. It is so clear because children graduating from these schools are the cream of the crop.

Some of the African government officials are also enrolling their children in these schools. Their interest was formed when the schools were established. For example, Ali Tambwe, one of the leading public figures of the country and a colleague of Julius Kambarage Nyerere, who pioneered Tanzania’s independence movement. Ali Hassan Mwingi, who served as President of the country in the first half of the 1990s, invited members of the Gülen Movement to Tanzania, in order to establish a school in his country. One of the closest names to Sezai Kara, who established a Gülen school in Mozambique, was one of the leading figures in the country, Amade Camal.

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