Maarif Schools organized the Acceptance of National Anthem and Mehmet Akif Ersoy Memorial Day Event in Dakar, Senegal. Students opened a banner saying, “May Allah not make us write this National Anthem again,” and read the anthem in French.
The program, which was held with the participation of the staff, the students and their parents, started with the reading of the Turkish and Senegalese National Anthems. Officials from Turkish Maarif Foundation Representative explained the writing history of the national anthem and stressed the sensitivity and conditions under which these values emerged.
Along with the whole national anthems, the poem of Mehmet Akif Ersoy entitled “The Prayer of the Army” was read. Students visited the exhibition, which included photos about the Battle of Çanakkale and the War of Independence, and took a picture after gathering in the shape of a star and a crescent.