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In 1982-1986 Dr Sevda Bekman, Dr Çiğdem Kağıtçıbaşı, and Dr Diane Sunar, three professors at Boğaziçi University in İstanbul, conducted research in which they investigated the educational circumstances of preschool children. Among their findings they reported that there were serious shortcomings in this area in Turkey and that many children did not have the benefit of formal education during their early childhood years. To address such deficiencies, the academicians involved in the project developed an alternative, home-based preschool education program which they called “Mother & Child Education Program” (AÇEP in Turkish) and they began implementing it. Their efforts, which were pursued for a time as a project, were joined by Ayşen Özyeğin and formalized with the establishment of the Mother & Child Education Foundation (AÇEV), of which Mrs Özyeğin is the founding head.

2012

  • Taking the needs of society into account, AÇEV renews and revises all of its educational programs so as to include the themes of “Peace”, “Domestic Violence”, and “Child Protection”.
 

2011

  • Taking the needs of society into account, AÇEV renews and revises all of its educational programs so as to include the themes of “Peace”, “Domestic Violence”, and “Child Protection”.
  • In line with its new undertakings, AÇEV collaborates with the ZTV Bilgi TV channel in launching the “Life is Better Reading” TV literacy project.
  • “Read & Write with AÇEV,” a computer-based literacy program, is developed in line with the foundation’s objectives of encouraging computer-aided instruction.
  • The www.ilkadimprojesi.org website of the “First Step” project being undertaken with Vodafone Turkey Foundation support is launched.
  • Conducted in collaboration with VTF and MEB, the “First Step” project reaches 545 kindergarten classes in 53 provinces.
  • AÇEV’s second “Information Day” event is conducted in all provinces of Turkey with the participation of AÇEV team members.
  • The foundation takes part in support activities in the aftermath of the October earthquake in Van.

2010

  • AÇEV receives the World Innovation Summit Award for Education (WISE) award for its Mother & Child Education Program (MOCEP). Please click here to download the MOCEP presentation.
  • With the support of Türk Ekonomi Bankası (TEB), the “My Web School” website is launched (www.acevokuloncesi.org) as part of the “Me Too! Me Too!” project.
  • The “Level-2 Functional Adult Literacy Program” is further developed and relaunched as the “Advanced Literacy & Access to Information Program”.
  • Targeted at women in rural areas, the “Hill and Valley” Women’s Support Program is developed and inaugurated.
  • Beş Ülkeden Anneler Anlatıyor: Anne Çocuk Eğitim Programı, a book in which mothers from five countries talk about the Mother & Child Education Program is published.
  • The “Father Training for Families without Violence” project begins with the support of the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNWOMEN).

2009

  • The “Multidimensional Women’s Empowerment Project“ is launched with the support of Sabancı Foundation Grant Programs.
  • The “First Step” project is launched with the support of the Vodafone Turkey Foundation.
  • The third round of information and communication activities of the “7 Is Too Late” campaign is conducted during the months of May and June.
  • http://www.7cokgec.org website takes first place in the year’s “Golden Spider” website awards.
  • An AÇEV Mother & Child Education Program project is conducted in Lebanon and a Father Support Program project is conducted in Bahrain.
  • Professor Jack Shonkoff, director of the Harvard University Child Development Center, an AÇEV founding partner, comes to Turkey as AÇEV’s guest in order to take part in conferences at which he talks about the early childhood development research that he has been conducting in Turkey and other countries.
  • The “Me Too! Me Too!” project is launched. “My Home School” activities aimed at women with children are carried out in İstanbul.

2008

  • New episodes of “Will you play with me?” begin broadcasting on Turkish Radio and Television.
  • Changes are made in the Mother Support Program in which its curriculum is split into two separate modules in order to better address the spesific needs of the 3-6 and the 7 - 11 age groups
  • "Yıllar İçinde Anne Çocuk Eğitim Vakfı: Çok Bakışlı Bir Anlatı", a book providing a diversified view and account of the activities of AÇEV over the years that was written by Prof Sevda Bekman, a member of AÇEV’s founding board, is published.
  • The “Being a Parent…” project developed in collaboration with Digiturk, a Turkish satellite television provider, receives the "Golden Compass" award from the Turkish Public Relations Association
  • The takes second place in the year’s “Golden Spider” website awards. http://www.7cokgec.org
  • AÇEV’s president Ayşen Özyeğin receives the “Happy Kids” award for her efforts on behalf of preschool education.
  • AÇEV signs a protocol with Harvard University Graduate School of Education’s Center on the Developing Child (HCDC) governing collaboration in the development of international strategies related to early childhood development and education.

2007

  • As part of the “7 Is Too Late” campaign, AÇEV conducts a second round of media promotion activities, publishes a policy report on advocacy activities, and carries out lobbying efforts concerning early childhood education via newspaper ads in the run-up to general elections.
  • “Early Childhood Education for Economic and Social Development: Its Importance and Benefits and Proposals for its Expansion Proposals” is published to present solutions related to early childhood education and to influence policy in this area.
  • In the run-up to the 22 July general elections this year, newspaper advertisements appealing to political parties, independent candidates, and the public at large are published in which preschool education-related expectations are announced in line with the “7 Is Too Late” campaign.
  • The website was launched in addition to the foundation’s corporate website to provide families and specialists with “7 Is Too Late” campaign information and support.http://www.7cokgec.org
  • Under the “Being a Parent” project, child-related information spots for parents are prepared in collaboration with Digiturk, a Turkish satellite television provider.
  • The Functional Adult Literacy Program continues to expand through a variety of collaborations. The program is implemented for the first time in the provinces of Bursa and Kocaeli.
  • The third national conference of the “Gender Equality in Education and Community Participation” project is held in November.
  • “AÇEV Academy”, which is designed to be an in-house capacity-development training program for trainers, observers, and employees begins providing instruction under the direction of academic consultants.
  • A presentation about AÇEV’s activities is made to the Council of Women Leaders of the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government.
  • ACEV is invited to present its work by the Women’s Leadership Board of Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government

2006

  • AÇEV joins the “Parenting Skills Development Project” being conducted as part of the Grundtvig Program.
  • AÇEV programs launch in Saudi Arabia and Switzerland.
  • It’s Good To Be A Father, a TV program created with the support of NTV to promote the Father Support Program and focus on the importance of fatherhood education, begins broadcasting.
  • The second national conference of the “Gender Equality in Education and Community Participation” project is held in İstanbul.
  • The first “Information Day” is held at AÇEV. At the gathering, which is attended by all of the foundation’s field personnel, awards are given to those who have completed their tenth year of service.
  • AÇEV conducts an international conference on the subject of “Early Childhood Education for Social and Economic Development” in conjunction with its “7 Is Too Late” campaign.
  • FALP earns AÇEV the UNESCO King Sejong Literacy Prize, an annual competition that rewards meritableand effective activities promoting literacy.

2005

  • AÇEV prepares three projects for inclusion in the European Union’s Reproductive Health and Social Gender programs. All three projects are approved and are implemented.
  • With the launching of new projects, AÇEV opens offices in Adana, Bursa, Erzurum, Mardin, Şanlıurfa, and Van in order to better coordinate activities.
  • AÇEV joins forces with six non-governmental organizations active in the area of education to launch the “7 is Too Late” campaign, to create awareness and to garner public support for early childhood education, and to provide guidance on early childhood education policy formation.
  • As part of its “7 Is Too Late” campaign, AÇEV also launches the “Nutrition Project” in collaboration with the Ministry of National Education.
  • AÇEV becomes a partner in the “Family Literacy” project being carried out with the participation of agencies from a number of countries under the Grundtvig Program with European Union support.
  • “Our Class”, a project undertaken jointly by AÇEV and Kanal D, begins providing literacy training via TV in the form of 65 broadcast episodes.
  • The “AÇEV T-Shirt” project is carried out with designs submitted by Atıl Kutoğlu, Cemil İpekçi, Dice Kayek, Rıfat Özbek, and Arzu Kaprol.
  • The first national conference of the “Gender Equality in Education and Community Participation” project is held in Ankara.
  • In conjunction with its literacy program, AÇEV, the Education Reform Initiative, and KADER ( Association for the Support and Training of Women Candidates) join forces in an EU-supported project on the subject of gender equality in society.

2004

  • BADEP activities are extended to sixteen provinces in Turkey and are also introduced internationally for the first time in Germany.
  • AÇEV sets up its in-house Institutional Development Unit.
  • Hosted by AÇEV, the International Consultative Group on Early Childhood holds its annual meeting in İstanbul.
  • An “AÇEV T-Shirt” project is carried out with the support of such well-known designers as Atıl Kutoğlu, Cemil İpekçi, Dice Kayek, Rıfat Özbek, and Arzu Kaprol.
  • EU-supported projects dealing with issues related to sexual and reproductive health are undertaken in conjunction with the foundation’s literacy and family education programs

2003

  • AÇEV is a founding partner of the Education Reform Initiative
  • AÇEV receives the “Vehbi Koç Award” from the Vehbi Koç Foundation for its contributions and efforts in education.
  • The “Family Letters” project prepared for families with children in the 0-3 age group is launched at seminars organized at hospitals in the provinces of İstanbul and Kocaeli.
  • “Early Childhood Education Policies: Expansion and Governance” is held in Ankara. Among the participants in the meeting are universities that offer BA programs in early childhood education.
  • The AÇEV Mother & Child Education Center opens in the Alipaşa district of Diyarbakır. This is the first time that the foundation engages in educational activities on its own premises.
  • The foundation’s Preschool Education Program and its ancillary Mother Support Program are conducted for the first time at the “Summer Preschools” in Diyarbakır.
  • Educational programs are launched under the Social Risk Mitigation Project.
  • The 10-week Mother Support Program based on Mother & Child Education Program content is developed and launched.
  • The tenth anniversary of the foundation’s establishment is celebrated with a variety of activities.
  • Atıl Kutoğlu and Dice Kayek, two world-famous Turkish clothing designers, design a T-shirt to help support AÇEV’s efforts. The T-shirt goes on sale at M&S stores with all of the proceeds going to the foundation.

2002

  • After having collaborated for nearly a decade with the Ministry of National Education, control of the Mother & Child Education Program is formally turned over to the General Directorate for Apprenticeship and Nonformal Education.
  • The Mother & Child Education Program is conducted in Bahrain in cooperation with the Bahrain Children’s Society.
  • “Early Childhood Education and Teacher Training” is held. Among the participants in the meeting are universities that offer BA programs in early childhood education.
  • AÇEV relocates its İstanbul headquarters from Elmadağ to new premises in Mecidiyeköy.
  • Changes are made in all of the foundation’s promotion and communication materials to reflect innovations in AÇEV’s institutional identity.
  • BenimleOynarmısın? (“Will you play with me?”), a TV program prepared jointly with Turkish Radio and Television Corporation (TRT) targeting preschool children and their families, begins broadcasting. The Radio and Television Journalists Association designates it “The best children’s program” and it also receives the “Year’s Best Children’s TV Program” award from the YA-PA publishing house.
  • The Radio and Television Journalists Association designates it “The best children’s program” and it also receives the “Year’s Best Children’s TV Program” award from the YA-PA publishing house.
  • A pediatric rehabilitation unit is set up as part of the İzmit Rehabilitation Center that was created in the aftermath of the Marmara earthquake. At the end of the year, AÇEV turns responsibility for the center’s operation over to Kocaeli University.
  • AÇEV’s office opens in Diyarbakır.
  • AÇEV develops its “Women’s Support & Literacy Program” for use in southeastern Anatolia. Pilot projects under the program are launched in Diyarbakır, Mardin, Siirt, and Şanlıurfa.
  • Work begins on the development of preschool education and mother support programs in line with the results of needs-assessment studies conducted in the region

2001

  • AÇEV begins developing its first TV series.
  • The Mother & Child Education Program is translated into Arabic for use in Bahrain and into Flemish for use in Belgium.
  • AÇEV joins the National Education Support Campaign and sets up a “Literacy Information Hotline” to respond to requests for information about the campaign.
  • In collaboration with the Northern Sea Area Command the Father Support Program is conducted for military personnel
  • AÇEV receives the National Female Health Commission of Voluntary Organizations’ “Millennium Award” and is also cited by the “Yeni Olgu Arts and Activities Group” as the year’s most outstanding foundation.
  • “Communicating with Children” seminars designed to provide information about child-rearing are conducted for parents employed in a number of agencies and organizations.

2000

  • “The role and importance of the father in child development” international seminar is held.
  • In order to provide psychological support in the aftermath of the disastrous Marmara earthquake of August 1999, AÇEV spearheads the establishment of the İzmit Rehabilitation Center (İREM).
  • Depreme Barış ile Hazırlanıyoruz (“Getting Ready for Earthquakes with Barış”) is prepared with the participation of singer Barış Manço’s wife Lale Manço and seismologist Professor Ahmet Mete Işıkara. Intended for schoolchildren, the book is distributed to schools.
  • AÇEV collaborates with the newspaper Hürriyet to conduct a literacy campaign. FALP is launched simultaneously in 10 different provinces.
  • Mother & Child Education programs are launched in Belgium (Brussels) and France while a Mother Support Program is started in Germany.
  • AÇEV hosts a “Developing Early Childhood Care and Development Indicators” meeting in İstanbul that is also attended by participants from Central Asia
  • “Preschool Children’s Education in Turkey: Needs Assessment Survey and Evaluation of Language Proficiency Levels” is launched to provide input on which to base AÇEV’s Southeastern Anatolia Preschool and Mother Support Program.

1999

  • Work begins on the development of the Preschool Parent & Child Program. The first pilot project is carried out and a survey is conducted to assess its results.
  • “FALPmail” bulletins start being sent regularly to Functional Adult Literacy Program participants while course attendees begin receiving “You’ve got a letter” bulletins.
  • AÇEV organizes the “Central Asia Literacy Forum” as part of its overall region-focused activities.
  • Koç University carries out a study of AÇEV’s women’s support programs that includes an assessment of its literacy program as well. The results of this research are presented at an international “The Multidimensional Effects of Nonformal Education Programmes for Women” symposium.
  • AÇEV begins collaborating with the Eğitim-Sen teachers’ union on its Father Support Program. The first trainers-training pilot project is carried out.
  • The first private sector implementation of the Father Support Program takes place at the Mercedes Benz plant.
  • Turkish president Süleyman Demirel hosts a presentation about AÇEV which is held at the Presidential Mansion and which is attended by a number of cabinet ministers and high-ranking bureaucrats.
  • A scientific council consisting of seventeen academicians is created at AÇEV.

1998

  • In response to requests from other countries, the Mother & Child Education Program is translated into English and is implemented for the first time in Bahrain.
  • Eşit Fırsat / Equal Opportunity, a book presenting the results of an evaluation of Mother & Child Education Program, is published in English and Turkish.
  • AÇEV specialists develop parenting seminars, which begin to be conducted at schools.
  • A set of materials called “Family Letters” is created, intended for parents with children in the 0-3 age group.
  • “Graduate Mothers” is launched. The project, which is designed for mothers who have completed the Mother & Child Education Program and their children, is carried out at nurseries run by the General Directorate for Social Services and the Child Protection Agency.
  • The Functional Adult Literacy Programs are launched in İzmir and, in collaboration with the Sani Konukoğlu Foundation, in Gaziantep.
  • AÇEV is designated the “UNESCO Early Childhood Cooperation Center for Central Asia.”

1997

  • Father Support Program activities are undertaken as a pilot project at the Paşabahçe Glass Works
  • AÇEV becomes a member of the “Early Childhood Education Advisory Group” and is designated as its “Early Childhood Education Representative for Central Asia”.
  • An international “Nonformal Education: A Social Development Tool” symposium is held.
  • Twenty-five educational films are prepared for the Mother & Child Education Program. In addition to being distributed to public education centers in 60 provinces, they are also shown on TV.
  • The first implementation of AÇEP’s Cognitive Development Program is undertaken for Turkish immigrant families in the Belgian city of Ghent.

1996

  • At the request of mothers participating in its programs, AÇEV begins developing its “Father Support Program” (BADEP) and launches its first pilot project.
  • Mother & Child Education Program collaborations begin to expand as program implementations continue in 23 provinces.
  • Functional Adult Literacy Programs continue to be held through the efforts of newly-trained volunteers.
  • AÇEV collaborates with universities in the conduct of its Mother & Child Education Program, the study of which is included in the curriculums of Marmara, Ankara, and Gazi universities.
  • AÇEV begins collaborating with the Averroes Foundation in Holland to conduct courses for immigrant families.
  • Robert Meyers’ book The Twelve Who Survive is translated into Turkish and is published by AÇEV as Hayatta Kalan Oniki.

1995

  • To more effectively take care of its non-educational functions, AÇEV sets up two new internal units: “Financial & Administrative Affairs” and “Communication”.
  • AÇEV opens offices in Ankara and İzmir.
  • Mother & Child Education Program content is revised on the basis of feedback received from the field.
  • The first courses in the foundation’s Functional Adult Literacy Program (FALP) are launched.
  • AÇEV’s logo is redesigned and other changes are made in its corporate identity materials.
  • A “The importance of early childhood education” symposium is held.

1994

  • In response to observed needs among women with children, an adult literacy program was developed. A protocol dealing with this subject was signed between the foundation and the General Directorate for Apprenticeship and Nonformal Education.
  • The Association in Support of Contemporary Living becomes the first outside NGO that AÇEV enters into a collaboration with.
  • AÇEV organizes its first scientific meeting: “Human development and its measurement”, a seminar conducted jointly with the Van Leer Foundation takes place at Boğaziçi University.

1993

  • The Mother & Child Education Foundation (AÇEV) is formally established, its logo is designed, and its first office is opened in İstanbul.
  • Under the auspices of AÇEV, the Mother & Child Education Program (AÇEP) undertakes its first 25-week program in collaboration with the Ministry of National Education.
  • AÇEV begins collaborating with the General Directorate for Social Services and the Child Protection Agency in the conduct of its Mother & Child Education Program, which begins being conducted by social services specialists at community centers.
  • AÇEV begins to receive Ministry of National Education support for its Mother & Child Education Program and World Bank support for its Nonformal Education

This campaign has been approved by the İstanbul Governorship (#30545 dated 15/11/2006) pursuant to article 7 of the Charitable Fundraising Act (Statute 2860).    
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