Author(s): Emel MUTLU, Suzan KAVANOZ
The Turkish minority in Bulgaria makes up a significant part of the country’s population. What makes this Turkish minority maintain their culture and identity for nearly six centuries is their mother tongue which they have kept and used so long. The purpose of this paper is to analyze the historical period of mother tongue education of Turkish minority in Bulgaria and to examine the developments in Turkish language education in Bulgaria today. While doing so, the study aims to highlight political, economical and social elements that affect Turkish language education. The findings of the study indicate that the quality and situation of Turkish language education in Bulgaria suffered to a great extent from changes in political regimes. However, positive efforts have been observed in mother tongue education of Turkish minority in Bulgaria especially during the EU membership process of the country.