In a written statement yesterday, Turkey’s Minister of Family, Labour, and Social Services – Zehra Zumrut Selcuk – announced that 2,504 disabled citizens and 3,274 teenagers under state protection will be placed into suitable jobs.
Zumrut’s statement read, “Those who are eligible and who will submit an application will be employed. For the first time, the youth under state protection will be placed into positions as teachers, engineers, and nurses.”
Zehra Zumrut Selcuk remarked, “In recent days, we have announced that 2,504 disabled citizens will be placed as civil servants. The application process for disabled citizens took place between November 29 and December 7. Those who are eligible and who have submitted their applications will be placed into their positions by random choice. In this placement, for the first time, the youth under state protection will also be placed into positions as teachers, engineers, and nurses.”
The minister added, “We will continue to support our citizens with disabilities and our youth by finding them jobs in the public sphere and will share their excitement, strengthen their hopes, and make their lives easier.”
The current number of youth under state protection in Turkey is more than 10,000. They are placed in certain centers according to their age and needs for their rehabilitation into society.
According to figures provided by the Ministry of Family, Labour, and Social Services, there are up to 2.85 million male and 2.79 million females with disabilities, which equals to around 6.9 percent of the total population of Turkey.
*Written by Selahattin Emre Celebi