The overwhelming influx of Syrian and other refugees into Turkey is impacting the country and host communities. With over 2 million refugees in the country, Turkey is now the largest host of refugees in the world.
Over 85% of Syrian refugees remain in urban and rural areas instead of refugee camps, so are often unaccounted for. They are surviving under very challenging circumstances: access to information, registration and to public services, including education and healthcare, is acutely limited.
Ministry of National Education conducts Grade 12 validation examination
One of the 3RP outputs in the education sector is to support the provision of valid certification and documentation of academic achievement to Syrian refugee children. On 27 June the Ministry of National Education (MoNE) conducted a Grade 12 validation examination for Syrian students who had completed Grade 12 through Temporary Education Centres (TECs).
- High Commissioner Antonio Guterres and UNHCR’s Special Envoy, Angelina Jolie visit Turkey
- More than 25,000 Syrian refugees cross into Turkey from Akcakale border, in the south east of the country as conflict flares up across the border in Syria
- World Refugee Day (20 June) is celebrated
For young Syrian children forced to flee their country and now staying in host communities, the ability to attend school is a major challenge. Even if classes are available, many children – who may live far from the main urban centres – face huge logistical challenges in travelling to school. But an EU Children of Peace project, run by UNICEF, has helped many youngsters –who have been out of school for some time – to get the chance to re-start their education.
As a result of the ongoing clashes, May 2015 witnessed two major military displacements in Idleb governorate. An estimated 147,391 people fled Idleb city and its surrounding, a further 41,830 were displaced from Jisr al Shugur.
UNHCR welcomes Ms. Pascal Moreau as the Representative in Turkey.
130 urban Temporary Education Centres receive education material for Syrian students, supplied by UNHCR, approved by the Ministry of National Education.
ISTANBUL, July 1 (KUNA) - For the third consecutive day Kuwait Society for Relief continued its efforts to provide urgent assistance to the Syrian refugees in Turkey on Tuesday.
General Director of the Kuwaiti Society for Relief Abdulaziz Al-Obaid told KUNA that this aid distribution reached 500 families in Kerk khan area, noting that such aid consist of first aid, food, and financial assistance.
Millions and millions of people in the Middle East, Africa and Asia are struggling to seek a place of safety amidst ongoing internal conflicts and wars. They have no choice. They risk their lives, embark on a life-threatening journey and leave their properties as well as livelihoods behind in search of a better safer live.
UNHCR distributes teaching materials to 130 urban temporary education centres
Summary: 29 May 2015, Brussels - Syrian refugee crisis: EU Trust Fund launches first response programmes for €40 million, helping up to 400,000 people in Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan and Iraq.
Today, the new EU regional Trust Fund in response to the Syrian crisis, held its first board meeting and adopted European response programmes for € 40 million. It will provide aid to 400,000 Syrian refugees and host communities in need in Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan and Iraq, focusing on education, livelihoods and food security targeting especially children and young people.
UNICEF provides training to 6,500 Syrian volunteer teachers.
During March, UNHCR conducted a number of focus group interviews with refugees across South East Turkey in order to better understand their needs and concerns. Direct engagement with refugees forms an important part of response planning in order to ensure that interventions are appropriate and address the immediate needs of refugee families.
By Ahmet İçduygu
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A new education centre for Syrian children was officially opened today in Turkey with the financial support of the EU Children of Peace initiative.
The education centre was built in the city of Kahramanmaraş by UNICEF, in partnership with the Turkish Disaster and Emergency Management Authority and the Ministry of National Education.
Once a sleepy border town, Reyhanli, Turkey, is now bursting with Syrian refugees, many of them school-age. More than half a million Syrian refugee children are out of school, and the education crisis is fueling an epidemic of early marriage, child labor and bleak futures.
"I just finished the 12th grade and I don't know what to do," says Abdullah Mustapha, a refugee from the Syrian town of Hama.