Istek Belde High School has started implementing the Best Buddies Turkey High School Friendship Program, which aims social integration by establishing voluntary friendships between people with and without intellectual or developmental disabilities.
53 volunteers from the high school has made friends with students from Mediha-Turhan Tansel Special Education and Business Practice Center.
The group formed completely by volunteers has received required trainings and participated in the matching ceremony on February 14. New buddies have met their new friends in the ceremony which the whole school attended. The buddies are to meet twice a month in person, once a week online and take part in 4 events in a year as a part of school project. The school’s friendship Ambassador Doğukan Manço and Best Buddies International Program Coordinator Jeniffer Allen have also taken part in the ceremony.
At the end of the ceremony balloons were released, symbolizing new friendships and freedom.