16 Apr 2015
Turkey is the main host country for the Syrians since 2011 displaced to 1.7 million Syrians about half of them children and about 300,000 of them reside in camps located in border cities. Turkey has provided education in refugee camps, but a large number of refugees living outside the camps or in poor cities lack education opportunities although local and international charities mobilize to provide education through private schools. Turkey has spent over $5 billion for Syrian refugees since 2011, which have been praised by the international community for their exemplary conditions. Yet, the government has struggled to look after others who are unable or unwilling to stay in the crowded camps with limited resources and little aid from other countries. Wednesday in the Turkish capital of Ankara was agreed to joint project by the Turkish Red Crescent, the Prime Ministry’s Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD), the Ministry of National Education, UNICEF and the European Union concluded. The Increasing Resilience of Syrian Children under Temporary Protection in Turkey project, which started in 2013, reached out to 75,000 children according to official figures from UNICEF. Throughout the course of the project, child-friendly spaces were set up in refugee camps, along with education centers and libraries to help children forced to drop out of school due to the war to resume their studies, the project provided psychosocial support to children. Teenagers also benefited by attending leadership training and financial incentives for Syrian teachers were provided. “The project is a good example of solidarity and commitment to support Turkey with funding from the European Union and implementation by UNICEF. It is also a demonstration that the conditions of refugees can be improved through common will and joint efforts, and therefore is both an incentive and an encouragement to continue and broaden our cooperation,” Bela Szombati, chargé d’affaires of the Delegation of the European Union to Turkey said at the ceremony.