ISTANBUL, Sept. 25 (Xinhua) -- Local officials in Turkey's biggest city Istanbul recently launched an online aid campaign to supply the growing needs of students who began the new education term online, a district mayor told Xinhua on Friday.
"The new term, starting online due to the COVID-19 pandemic across Turkey, revealed the needs for tablets, computers, and televisions," said Riza Akpolat, mayor of Besiktas, one of Istanbul's most crowded districts.
"Thousands of citizens started to struggle to find a decent working device to be able to attend the online classes," Akpolat added.
To cope with the rising demands, the municipality on Wednesday launched the campaign. Akpolat called on students and their families to post the devices they need on an online platform and urged those who want to help to submit their donation.
Around 18 million students in the country started their new term online at the beginning of this month, having classes via the internet and TV channels.
"Unfortunately, not all students have equal opportunities in this distance education process," Akpolat noted. "Therefore, we have launched this campaign to meet the demand and contribute to the education of the students."
The municipal teams have started to collect the donated devices after getting notices from the website.
Additionally, the local officials in the Kartal district on the Asian side of the city launched a similar campaign.