“Turkish Civilization in World Civilization-Common Proverbs and Idioms Workshop”, organized cooperatively by Union of Turkish World Municipalities (TDBB), TIKA, and Culture Council Association between 10 and 16 April 2016, was completed in Sapanca.

The one-week workshop, hosted by Union of Turkish World Municipalities (TDBB), was attended by scholars from Turkey, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Crimea. As a result of the studies of the participant scholars, it was decided to determine and publish the proverbs which have the same meanings in Turkish language and dialects. Within this framework it was stated that in the to-be-published book, the proverbs which carry the same meanings would be listed according the alphabetical order of Latin Alphabet also including the specific signs of every language and dialects, and that the meanings of the proverbs would be added under the relevant language and dialect. In this work, which is aimed to include more than 3000 proverbs, is planned to add the proverbs and their meanings of 14 Turkish communities, especially the languages of Turkey, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Crimea and Turkmen.

The closing ceremony was attended by Nabi Avcı

The closing ceremony of the workshop, which was made in Sapanca on 15 April 2016, was attended by Minister of National Education Prof. Nabi Avcı, PM of Sakarya Prof. Mustafa İsen, Secretary General of TDBB Dr. Fahri Solak, Mayor of Sapanca Aydın Yılmazer, participant scholars and many other guests. Talking in the ceremony, Minister of National Education Nabi Avcı stated that subjects like language and history develop generally with self sacrifice and efforts and added, “During 2013 Turkish World Cultural Capital term many projects have been started, and Proverb Dictionary that we are talking today is one of them. We need popular studies to bring and transmit the proverbs and, later on, the idioms and riddles to next generations, not only to our children but also and especially to our writers and illustrators. I thank to all the participants and contributors to the workshop.”