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Kaş Public Education Center is a public education institution in the village of Kas which is situated 180 km away from the city of Antalya. The main centre of Kas is a developing touristic place which still attracts only a limited number of tourists of in spite of its own particular natural beauties and hasn't known the popularity of other districts within the Antalya region. Growing plants in greenhouses is another emerging means of living in recent years in some villages close to the town centre. However, the district also consists of several villages which have rural, mountainous and scattered settlement rather than limited touristic and farming - zones. The region has been subject to many socioeconomic changes in recent years due to the mountainous, rural, scattered and also touristic geographical nature. These socioeconomic changes produced considerable immigration away from the country side where there are fewer opportunities to the touristic and agricultural areas. The immigration has created several educational, economic and social difficulties. It has been discovered that most part of the women in these disadvantaged areas are housewives and don't have enough opportunity for personal development. The district is therefore regarded as a compulsory service region owing to these circumstances and remoteness to the centre of the City of Antalya.

We serve people of all ages and educational levels and aims to respond to the informal educational needs of the community. Within the activities of the centre, there have been various cultural, vocational, artistic courses almost 150 and  6000 participants every year.

Amongst the courses at the centre there have been also language activities and one of them is Turkish courses for foreign residents living in the district. As everyone knows living in a new country can be a challenging process for some but with the courses we arrange in the centre it becomes much more easier for the foreigners.

Also we own European Language Label Award whereby the unique and creative approaches in language teaching.Beetween 2009-2011 we coordinatedan EU project called 'DANCE OF THE CREATİVE HANDS' with England, Austria and Greece.

Through the activities of the Centre, it is attempting to find ways of giving educational opportunities to the people living in disadvantaged areas, especially women. For instance, Barak Carpets, a sunk oblivion handicraft, in which we are planning to hold a rug weaving course in order to provide women an income. Amongst the most important issues that the Centre focuses on is the social and economic integration of the adult learners, especially women who have fewer opportunities, by training them with various cultural and professional courses in respect of traditional and modern handicrafts. Also, we  improve adult people education  via open primary school (150 students) and high school education (950 students).

Literacy of Kaş is nearly 99.5%  but for the immigrant workers from the other region of Turkey, we organize literacy courses.