Celebrating 23 April National Sovereignty and Children’s Day


Young Miss and Misters!

You are all our future roses,stars and prosperity of light.

You will give light to our nation.

You should work as thinking how valuable and important you are.

We expect a lot from you.

(Mustafa Kemal Ataturk)


The founder of the Turkish Republic, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, dedicated April 23 to the children of the country to emphasize the fact that the children are the future of the new nation.

It was on April 23, 1920, during the War of Independence, that the Grand National Assembly met in Ankara and laid down the foundations of a new, independent, secular, and modern republic from the ashes of the Ottoman Empire. Following the defeat of the Allied invasion forces on September 9, 1922, and the signing of the Treaty of Lausanne on July 24, 1923,

Ataturk started his task of establishing the institutions of the new state. Over the next eight years, Ataturk and his followers adopted sweeping reforms to create a modern Turkey, divorced from its Ottoman past.

In unprecedented moves, he dedicated the sovereignty day to the children and entrusted in the hands of the youth the protection of this sovereignty and independence.

The importance of April 23 as a special day of children has been also recognized by the international community. UNICEF decided to recognize this important day as the International Children’s Day.

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