Mission & Activities
Founded in 1993, the Mother Child Education Foundation (AÇEV) is a non-governmental organization working in early childhood (ECE) and adult education. AÇEV conducts research, runs awareness-raising and advocacy campaigns, develops science-based education programs, and, through partnerships including the Ministries of Education, Agriculture, and Family & Social Policies, implements these programs for the socioeconomically disadvantaged groups. ACEV has reached over 800,000 children, mothers, fathers and women with low literacy skills. To date, ACEV has trained more than 10,000 trainers and reached nearly 45 million people through its awareness-raising and advocacy media campaigns.
In order to access large masses, AÇEV also develops TV, mobile and web based education programs. At a broader level, through research, publications, media spots, and social media, AÇEV’s advocacy, awareness-raising, and lobbying activities create impact politically and socially on a macroeconomic level. With the “7 is Too Late” campaign, carried out from 2005-09, AÇEV raised awareness of ECE in Turkey and reached 40 million people with the exposure of various communication activities in media.
AÇEV is active in promoting the importance of ECE and parent education and disseminating best practices internationally as well. It is a Consultative Partner of UNESCO, a founding member of the Center on the Developing Child of Harvard University, and is an active member of various influential global networks. Its scientifically developed programs have been translated to 4 languages and “exported” to 13 countries in Europe, Middle East and Central America. AÇEV’s expertise in community-based parent training and ECE has been recognized via numerous awards including the UNESCO King Sejong Literacy Award in 2006, the Institute Amadeus Award in Science, Education and Culture in 2008, and the Qatar Foundation’s WISE Award in 2010.
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Source of funds
The Ozyegin family members, Turkey’s leading philanthropists with investments in education, health, culture and rural development, have been the providers of a part of ACEV’s annual funding. The individual donations has averaged at 8-10% depending on the fundraising activities carried out in that year. The 55-60% of funding is derived from conditional grants from national and international donors. Major current international donors include UN Women, UBS Optimus Foundation, UNICEF and European Union. Major local donors include Turkey Vodafone Foundation, HSBC Bank, Fortis Bank and the Sabancı Foundation.