ANKARA – Anadolu Agency
The Bulgarian and Ukrainian languages will be able to be taught at schools across Turkey, according to a decree published in the Official Gazette on April 11.
The cabinet decree announced that the two languages will be taught as optional classes at formal and non-formal education institutions.
In Turkey, the English language is already compulsory for students aged between seven and 18, while students can also choose to learn German and French.
Meanwhile, students aged 13-16 can learn languages being spoken in Turkey and neighboring countries, including the Kurdish dialects Kurmanji and Sorani, Laz, Abkhazian and Georgian.
A total of 40 different languages – including Arabic, Georgian, Persian and Greek – are spoken in Turkey, according to data from the language research center SIL International.