The Literacy Exploits of Tevfik Arif, Co-founder of Bayrock Group, In Belarus And Moldova

The Literacy Exploits of Tevfik Arif, Co-founder of Bayrock Group, In Belarus And Moldova

Tevfik Arif (Bayrock founder) was born in 1953 in the Soviet Union. He studied in a university in Moscow and specialized in international relations. As a scholar, he became a very successful person and was admired among the high and mighty. He served in the Soviet Union Government in the ministry of commerce for more than one and a half decade.

In his early years of life, the Turkish man was brought up in the rural areas of Belarus and Moldova. After the seventeen years of service in the Soviet Union, he went back to his roots to salvage the dilapidating literacy conditions. Belarus and Moldova which had acquired the sovereignty were on their economic knees, trying to piece things together.

The two countries had common challenges. The first challenge as mentioned above which Tevfik Arif Bayrock tried to handle while in power was the weak economy. That one required a long-term solution and strategy. However, while serving as a Minister for Commerce, he enabled Moldova to get breakthrough in the world market for her wine.

Today, Moldova is one of the largest producers of wine in the world. The wine industry helped the country run a few projects from the foreign exchange and even attracted a few investors into the country. However, the wine industry ended up being a calamity in Moldova.

The second challenge that Bayrock founder – Tevfik Arif addressed was alcoholism which had taken root in the minors. Ideally, the rate of alcohol consumption was directly linked to illiteracy in the two countries. In Eastern Europe, the two countries are the leading in alcoholism with an estimate of 16.8 liters of alcohol per person’s consumption in a year.

The school going age was affected adversely by the lifestyles in the two countries. The rate of school dropouts was so high; only 45% of those who joined high school managed to complete the secondary level. While those who finished, only 25% pursued higher learning. Such a picture is too nasty for any country that is expected to compete with the rest of the world.

Strategies To Boost Literacy Programs

Co-Curricular Activities

Activating the villages in the two countries wouldn’t be any comfort. So, Tevfik Arif Bayrock’s co-founder and a team of educational experts in the ministry of education thought it wise to make the available schools a fun environment for the students. They initiated co-curricular projects and imported technical teams from Russia and Turkey who would then train the local teachers and other coaches on a variety of games.

Chess, football, taekwondo, and other field events made the schools flock. Not all children did well in the class work, but the co-curricular activities added life for their stay in school. The level of truancy went down as their exposure to schools increased by the day.

Competitions and tournaments received a lot of sponsorship from the government and other sports agencies that took an interest in the development of games in the two countries. The co-curricular strategy was a win-win situation for Tevfik Arif. The rate of alcohol consumption among the age of 18 and below decreased by 68% by the end of one year. The school enrollment rate went up by 50%.

Construction of Schools and Classrooms

The increase in the enrolment and the reduction in the number of school dropouts led to congestion in schools that were available. Arif which is one of Bayrock co-founders took the new challenge. As a critical government consultant, he mobilized the government to solicit for more funds from international funders like the World Bank and the IMF to help in improving the quality of education in the country.

The process took slightly longer than expected but eventually, it was all well. The first schedule in Belarus more than 1,500 schools were constructed and several classrooms added to the already existing schools. More teachers were employed to balance the teacher-student ratio.

Technical Institutions

The students, who completed high school, went to the technical institutions, colleges, and universities. In as much as there were remarkably few advanced institutions of learning, the government secured scholarships for the top students to study in Moscow, Russia. Belarus shares an excellent bilateral relationship with Russia.


The literacy program did not end at schooling. The two governments, Moldova and Belarus, expanded their capacity to create job opportunities to accommodate the scholars it had produced. The technical skills were more than a need in the two countries. Through the ministries of youths, the government was able to empower the youths into more social programs that could generate income for them.

The youths received loans to help them invest in innovative programs that could enhance productivity in the Agricultural sector and other areas of the economy. By the year 1999, Belarus had many scholars who continue to increase at a reasonable rate.

The social menace in the alcohol sector went down considerably, although the two countries continue to still struggle with the problem to date. That tells you that if personalities like Tevfik Arif – founder of Bayrock would not have stumped their feet on the ground to control the damage, then we would not be talking of Belarus and Moldova.

Moldova has found the need to diversify her areas of investment in the world economy other than wine. She has reduced her imports affecting the local consumption rate positively. The domestic consumption has gone up by 4.9% in 2017. That means the locals can buy their product. The government has also affected policies on price control.

Generally, the economy of Moldova increased by 4.5 % in 2017.  Her export growth is up by 12.9%. The reduction in Consumer inflation is a vital component for a country that means growth in its economy.

Tevfik Arif is a name you will not miss in the history of Eastern Europe. His zeal to promote literacy to the afflicted Belarus and Moldova was the greatest gift any philanthropist could have offered. Today, the countries receive international recognition because of their advancing innovations in industry and communication.



Tevfik Arif

Tofik Arifov (Russian: Тофик Арифов; born May 1953), also known as Tevfik Arif, is a Soviet-born Turkish real estate developer and investor. He is the founder of the Bayrock Group, a real estate development and investment company known for its business with Donald Trump. Bayrock and Trump were partners on the troubled Trump SoHo and the Trump International Hotel and Tower in Fort Lauderdale, which was sold after it defaulted.

Early life and career

Tevfik Arif was born Tofik Arifov in a Turkish family in Dshambul, Kazakh Soviet Socialist Republic.[2][5] He received an international relations degree from a Moscow university.[2] Prior to the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Arif worked for the USSR’s Ministry of Commerce and Trade for 17 years. He served as the deputy director of its Department of Hotel Management.[6] Arif resigned from the ministry in 1991 and founded Speciality Chemicals Trading Company, an export-import business trading in rare metals, chrome, and raw materials.[2][7] He then worked as an “agent on the ground” in Kazakhstan for Trans World Group, a natural resources company run by David and Simon Reuben.

Arif moved to Turkey in 1993. He had owned the Turkish jewellery business Alset Dis Ticaret since 1979.[2] In 1999, Arif partnered with the Rixos hotel chain to open the Labada luxury hotel in Antalya, Turkey.

Following the independence of Kazakhstan, Arif and his brother secured ownership of ACCP, a chromium plant in Aktobe that had headquarters in the British Virgin Islands.[5] The brothers developed ties to the “Kazakh Trio” — Alexander Mashkevitch, Patokh Chodiev, and Alijan Ibragimov. They later established offshore real estate companies to fund high-end developments in Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, and Turkey.