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The Near East Junior College has been established in 1996, in accordance with the Basic Education Regulations Act and the authorization of the Ministry of National Education.

The NEJC was founded with the aim to put an end to the traditional approach to education, which was based on rote-learning only, and therefore embrace an eclectic approach to teaching and learning by using contemporary teaching and learning strategies. Furthermore, we believe that primary school education must not just be about preparing students to secondary education or to be based on literacy and numeracy skills. It should also be about equipping students with the must-have skills for the future; such that it should involve raising students who are creative, collaborative and be individuals who can reach information whenever and/or wherever needed, and be individuals with awareness regarding social and environmental responsibilities.

The NEJC, initiated its academic life in 1996 with 6 classes, a headmaster, a vice principal and 15 teaching staff and since then, the school has developed both quantitatively and qualitatively, soon to be one of the most fruitful education centres within the Near East University campus. Currently, the NEJC is 20 years old and it is a fully equipped primary school comprising a headmaster, three vice principals, 197 full time teaching staff and 1400 students. Additionally, there is almost 40 part-time teaching staff which help to run the wide variety of extra-curricular activities.

The Near East Junior College consists of three main buildings:

  • The Preschool Building where 3-4 and 5 Year olds receive their education
  • The building where Year 1 and 2’s are located and
  • The building where Year 3’s, 4’s and 5’s receive their education.

At the Preschool Building, has 24 classrooms, two halls designed as play areas, 2 computer rooms, 3 music rooms, 2 art rooms, 2 extra play rooms, 5 sleeping rooms, a heated, indoor swimming pool, 2 dining halls, 2 teachers’ rooms and a vice principal’s room. Additionally, there is an outdoor tartan playground, where the children can play on playground equipment such as swings and slides.

On the other hand, the building where year 1’s and 2’s are located is the first building built when the school was first founded. It comprises 24 classrooms, 2 music rooms, 2 art rooms, an indoor sports hall with Olympic dimensions, 1 gymnastics room and 4 computer laboratories. Each computer lab has 25 computers for students and a teacher’s computer. Additionally, each lab has a projector and therefore, each lab can be used for both computer lessons and computer-aided lessons which are conducted both in Turkish and English. All computers are connected to the internet and the lab lessons enable students to conduct individual searches and tasks to be completed by the use of the internet. The playground of this building is also covered with tartan and so the children are able to enjoy outdoor play times and games in a safe environment. In addition to the outdoor tartan-playground, this building also has an indoor playground where the children can play on cold days. Furthermore, this building comprises a large dining room where all students of the NEJC can dine at the same time.

The more recently built new building of the school is where Year 3’s, 4’s and 5’s receive their educations. In this building, there are 36 classrooms, 3 computer labs, 2 ceramic workshops, 2 gymnastics rooms, 1 table-tennis room, 2 libraries one of which is for English books and one which is for Turkish books, 2 art rooms, 2 music rooms, a stained-glass room, 1 housekeeping room, a parent meeting room, 5 teachers’ rooms, a drama room, a modern-dance room and an indoor sports hall. This building also has an ongoing construction for an indoor swimming pool. We would like to point out that the outdoor playing area of the school is rather large, including a basketball court, mini football field and areas for other various games. In addition to the basketball court, there is several basketball hoops hanged around the playground so that students can play basketball during break times. The playground is surrounded by a grandstand, which is used to host guests and students for various school events. The teachers of the NEJC are seated according to their teaching branches and the class teachers are also seated according to the year groups they teach; therefore, collaborate and cooperate easily.

The NEJC classrooms consist of 15 to 25 students each and the school is an all-day school which starts at 8:20 and continues until 16:00 in the afternoon. The teaching staff is carefully selected and are highly competent in their fields. The education provided at the school is at a level which does not require students to take extra private lessons. In one school day, a total of 9 lessons are completed, each consisting of 40 minutes.

Being aware of the importance of English as an international language widely used around the world, the school holds 40 English teachers, and starting from age 5, each age group receive a total of two hours of English lessons per day. Thus, the school provides a total of 10 hours of English lessons, plus 2 hours of additional courses, making a total of 12 hours of English lesson per week.

The English lessons are taught both in class and in computer labs for computer aided teaching and learning. The English library is also used, aiming to trigger the students’ motivation and desire to learn English. The NEJC’s success in English has been proven many times with its achievements in the Cambridge Young Learners Examinations, which include Starters, Movers and FLYERS level-which in fact is at a secondary school English level (year 7). The NEJC students have previously achieved 100% success in the worldly renown Cambridge YLE exams which is conducted in 150 countries around the world.

Further to the above, the Near East Junior College adds extras to the compulsory curriculums given by the Ministry of Education and these extras include; 2 hours of English lessons per day, 2 hours of computer lessons at all levels, and 2 hours of computer aided lessons across the curriculum. For the computer aided lessons, there are a total of 10 projectors, alongside relevant CDs and DVDs which are all used as audio-visual aids to support the learning of students. Moreover, it must be noted that the computers are sufficient enough for 1-1 use and the school provides Science and Maths (taught in English), which are again an addition to the compulsory curriculum of the Ministry of Education.

Near East Junior College prioritises individual differences of its students and aim to develop each student’s skills and talents helping to develop their psychological, sociological and physiological developments. For this, the school targets to take part in many competitions including the ones involved in physical education sports competitions, art competitions, music competitions and handicraft competitions. The students are provided to develop their skills and talents in the extra-curricular activities of the school which include: stamp collection; chess; fold dancing; swimming; tennis; table tennis; gymnastics; drama; journalism; ceramic making; badminton; scouting; music and science equipment making. The extra-curricular activities are held in the afternoons and so far, the school has made many achievements in the aforementioned fields, all taught by competent specialists in their fields.

The Near East Junior College also provides its own shuttle services to transport the students from and to their homes and school. The busses are available in almost all cities in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. When possible, the students are picked up directly from their doors, otherwise the students are directed to convenient locations near their homes. In addition to the above, there are bus hostesses to help and guide students on their journey to and from the school.

The school fee includes transport, lunch, stationary, school uniforms (excluding the school track suit). The students of the Near East Junior College are not required to make any further payments to the school other than the identified yearly school fee. Regardless of any further fee rise, each student continues to pay the same amount of yearly school fee, according to the year of registry, until graduation. That is, all though there may be a rise in the schools yearly fee, the fee for the previously registered students does not change until graduation.