“Education was the purpose of my mother’s life.” Interview

Suna Kirach was an education volunteer. We are in his office now. So how was Suna Kirak’s mother?

IK: It was both sweet and hard. We were close on holidays when my mom and I were away from work. This is my mother’s house. We left his room as before. We haven’t changed anything. It gives me great pleasure to use this room. My mother’s determination and determination to work here … that’s why I was a little hesitant when she came home. But of course, we can have many soft moments, be it on weekends or holidays. When it came to my mother, I always thought of discipline, order, respect, education, education and discipline. For my mom everything had a time flow and we followed that flow.

Your mother, Suna Haneem, talks about you as a young girl who thinks independently, determines her own future and communicates with people in a very mature and unique way.

IK: The jealousy was gone from my mother. I’m a little stubborn too. I follow what I believe and I go all the way. My mother taught me this. My mother taught me this both in my business life and in life struggles. Because he has fought an incredible life. And it’s a life lesson for me too. He has given freedom of choice, as he himself has said. He left me alone and it was a great opportunity for me. I was particularly interested in biology in secondary and high school. Due to my mother’s illness, I was very interested in both sciences. This is why my mother left me a note when I went to university that you can read whatever you want. It was a great freedom for me. At university I had the opportunity to study what I liked. I was very lucky. I have stubbornly embarked on this path with the belief that I can give that opportunity to all girls.

Like your mother, you travel to disadvantaged areas and reach out to girls who have equal access to education.

IK: Education was very important to him. That was the purpose of his life. Be it Kos High School, Kok University, the Educational Volunteer Foundation of Turkey. In it he sacrificed his life. As my mother used to say, “Education is so big and complex that it cannot be left to the state alone. That’s the decent thing to do, and it should end there. “He said.” And he’s right. He’s right. We’ve got to put our hands under the rocks. We’ve got to get out of here. We thought about the name. Our first priority was to remember my mother. Since it is a journey that has been passed down from generation to generation, we decided to name it Suna’s Daughters and set out on that journey.

What kind of project are the golden girls?

IK: The aim here is to find a solution to the problem under one common roof by bringing together all the non-governmental organizations, academics and ideas. Here are 5 important things for us; Being in good physical and mental condition, being able to learn and have uninterrupted access to learning, having time to have fun and rest, not being under stress and being able to make decisions about one’s life. “Suna’s Daughters” is a journey to achieve these 5 things We went down to the field and saw everything We only went to Urfa We see a lot of child marriage Poverty has increased a lot Poverty has increased Increased, the family’s own mobility has changed and in such an arrangement, unfortunately, the girls fall first. Help us Help us Help with household chores. Help your family brothers. It still exists. Children are having trouble accessing technology in Istanbul, too. We are part of a deep poverty network. We traveled with Hacer Foggo. There are really incredible places. It’s under our noses and we don’t even notice it.

According to your research, what is the root of these problems?

IK: There are three main social problems. One is gender inequality, poverty and structural violence. For example, when we look at the official marriage rate, the number of married girls aged 16-17 is 18 times the number of boys. This is such a huge number. When we look at the data, 44 percent of women aged 20-25 have no education or employment in 2008. When we look at the TUIK data, the proportion of women in senior and mid-level management positions in companies in the 2022 Women’s Data is about 1 in 5 men.

You have been on the board of Koç Group for 6 years and your responsibilities have increased since the death of your mother Suna Kirak. What has changed in your life?

IK: In the process, I embarked on an education and development journey. The Koç Group has reached its 100th anniversary and continues with a truly successful model chaired by my cousin Omer and with professionals. In the process, I learn what I can, I try my best and I will continue to do it. I will try to improve myself and fulfill my responsibilities.

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