As all families with children
and pension-age working grandparents know, it’s very difficult to find someone
to mind the kiddies even for a few hours. If parents want to be able to go out
and spend some quality time together, they first need to hire a nanny. And
that’s not an easy or inexpensive task.
Today Bright Side invites you
to take a look at a brilliant and novel solution to this problem. Not long ago,
Turkish legislators passed a law that obliges the state to pay a salary to
grandmothers who babysit their grandchildren on weekdays.

Minding children is the
biggest problem for working mothers in Turkey. But the Turkish government has
found a simple solution: to pay grandparents for staying home with their
grandchildren. In February 2017, Turkey launches a pilot program that will
guarantee grandparents a state-paid salary, provided they agree to babysit
throughout the working week.
To those whose pensions range
from 1,000 to 1,800 Turkish liras ($250-$450), the program offers an
opportunity to earn additional income simply by spending time with
goal of the program is to increase the employment of women.

The project is planned to
debut in two provinces: Bursa and Izmir. The initial phase will cover
approximately 1,000 families. After six months of implementation, depending on
the analysis results, it might be expanded to other provinces of Turkey.
The program will give women
with children the opportunity to work full-time and, therefore, earn more. In
an interview with CNN Turk, the Turkish Minister of Labour and Social Security
said that taking care of grandchildren will earn grandmothers about 400 liras
(€99 or $105) per month.
Kayode Ojo
Kayode Emmanuel Ojo is the Co-Founder and Managing Director at SHEFFA Limited. He is presently studying Computer Science at the National Open University, Victoria Island, Lagos.