Melek Erman Köni Education and Cultural Center (MEK)
The Mother Child Education Foundation (AÇEV) is committed to the empowerment and enrichment of at-risk populations in Turkey. We pursue this mission through education with a focus on early childhood and family education as a key determinant for long-term societal change. One of the methods AÇEV has adopted to achieve this goal is the establishment and operation of community education centers catering to local families in disadvantaged neighborhoods.
The Melek Erman Köni Cultural and Education Center (MEK) in Istanbul is one such center that is very important to AÇEV and our work. Founded in 2007 and situated in the heart of Esenler, a district in Istanbul, MEK is a real world experiment in creating a coherent and comprehensive approach to lifelong education for the poorest and most vulnerable urban communities.