Blue Homeland doctrine planted in Turkish schools

[Burhan Ozbilici/AP]

The Turkish Education Ministry's "Century of Turkey" program has received final approval, which means that the "Blue Homeland" (Mavi Vatan) doctrine regarding Ankara's maritime claims in the Aegean and the Eastern Mediterranean now has a place in the school textbooks of the neighboring country. Turkey's Education Minister Yusuf Tekin approved the project and it has already been published on the ministry website.

More specifically, the subject of geography for ninth-graders (14-year-olds) will, according to the new program, emphasize "the importance of Turkey's location characteristics" while discussions of maps will be held related to the Blue Homeland and the "Homeland in the Skies."

"The value of patriotism will be emphasized by including Turkey's justified struggle against demands that ignore its legal and geographical rights in the Sea of Islands [i.e. the Aegean...

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