• First Language: Turkish

  • Subjects:  Women’s Studies

  • Journal Section: Research Article

  • Authors: Semiha TUNA

  • Dates: 1 January 2009

The nationalist project of Kemalist ideology was constructed in the house . Women were reduced to fertiliy and mother roles, and thus raising new generations. Education of women basicly important for the existence of the nation and for the citiziens who were going to be raised. As a modernist practice, Village Instutes provide us different foresights in terms of women education. Women’s most important mission in the Village Institutes was the education of village women. Women teachers who had taken courses from the Institute went to the villages and in the construction process of a new nation, they contributed to the education of other women living in villages. Women’s job opportunities mostly took shape from feminine roles. Women teachers’ heavy fixture was sewing machine when they went to villages. Apart from being a teacher they had got a new job now. This was a job which has mostly to be taught to the women living in the village and their daughters. The education policy of Village Institutes which was mostly based on “the education at work principle” was the continuity of housework for women.

Semiha TUNA