First Lady Inaugurates Women’s Education Center in Madagascar

First Lady Emine Erdoğan, accompanying President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s Africa tour, inaugurated in Madagascar the Women’s Education Center, which was financed and equipped by the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TİKA).

Implemented as part of the educational support lent to Mozambican women with an aim to make a difference in their lives, the center, which is currently providing education to around one hundred women, is composed of such branches as embroidery, needlecraft, information technologies, gardening and cookery.


Delivering a speech at the inauguration ceremony of the center, First Lady Erdoğan said: “Despite the remoteness between our respective countries, our hearts are one and united. Turkey is the home of brotherhood for Africa. It is a responsibility of brotherhood for us to give support to Africa’s development efforts.”

The First Lady noted that the products handmade by African women at this education center could be sold at the African Handicrafts Market and Culture House in Ankara without any profit making purpose, with their revenues being sent back to Africa thereafter.

The Madagascan First Lady as well as officials from the two countries were also present at the inauguration.

First Lady Erdoğan also visited the Lemur’s Park, the natural habitat of lemurs that are known to live only in Madagascar. Obtaining information about the region’s endemic aloe and baobab trees, the First Lady planted a baobab tree at the park in memory of her visit.