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.
HARRAN, Turkey, April 2015 –UNICEF’s Child Friendly Spaces project is funded by the European Union and implemented in partnership with AFAD and in cooperation with the Turkish Red Crescent Society in all camps in Turkey to ensure that vulnerable Syrian children and youth have access to safe, participatory and inclusive education spaces and recreation activities.
Le matin du mercredi 18 mars, en présence des représentants du ministère de l’Éducation nationale turc, de l’Agence gouvernementale de gestion des catastrophes et de l’urgence (AFAD) ainsi que d’une foule joyeuse d’enfants et parents syriens, l’ambassadeur du Luxembourg en Turquie, Arlette Conzemius, et le représentant d’Unicef en Turquie, Philippe Duamelle, ont eu le plaisir d’inaugurer une nouvelle école à Nizip dans le Sud-Est de la Turquie qui accueille des enfants réfugiés syriens.
Supporting Syrian volunteer teachers with financial incentives continued both in camps and host communities. Currently UNICEF is supporting 2,954 teachers with incentives (84% of the number planned for 2015) – improving the quality of learning for about 123,000 Syrian refugee children. Distribution of education supplies also continues in Turkey. Since the beginning of the year, 12,989 children have received school supplies. Good progress has also been achieved in improving access of Syrian children to education opportunities.
By Jonathan Fowler
SENDAI, 14 March 2015 – Turkey has vowed to make all 80,000 of the country’s schools disaster-proof by 2018, senior officials told the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction today.
“Turkey pledges that by 2018, all schools in Turkey will be safe learning facilities,” said Fuat Oktay, the country’s Disaster and Emergency Management Director-General, speaking at the formal launch of the Worldwide Initiative for Safe Schools (WISS).
Turkey is hosting more than 1.5 million Syrian refugees. Even though official registration allows refugees – of whom roughly 70% are women and children – to access primary education free of charge, around 100 000 children are out of school in Turkey. UNICEF, with EU Children of Peace funding, has established an incentive scheme for teachers to help provide quality education to refugee children.
"It was like a festival," says Raid Ramadan, a Syrian teacher now teaching Syrian refugees in Turkey.
Istanbul, Turkey | AFP | Monday 26/1/2015 - 13:28 GMT
Turkey on Sunday opened its biggest-ever refugee camp to host thousands of Syrian Kurds who fled an onslaught on the town of Kobane by Islamist militants, Turkey's emergency management agency said.
The camp, located in the Turkish border town of Suruc, will initially house a relatively small number of refugees, but will eventually be able to accommodate up to 35,000 people, an official told AFP on Monday.
The overall protection and assistance response in Turkey is firmly run by the Government. Since the beginning of the Syrian crisis in 2011, Turkey established an efficient emergency response and declared a temporary protection regime for Syrian refugees, ensuring protection and assistance in 22 camps, set up by the Disaster and Emergency Management Agency (AFAD).
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Provincial planning meetings held to increase access to education for refugees.
by Tommaso Della Longa – IFRC
The fifth airlift has landed on 30 September early afternoon carrying 27,000 mats.
UNHCR met with the coordinator of AFAD for the Suruç region and the AFAD warehouse coordinator to discuss the distribution of UNHCR donated relief items. The objective of the meeting was to make sure the distribution mechanisms in place guarantees an accurate and effective distribution of items to all persons of concern.
Arrivals and Returns
When Faud al-Shiekh Sanaa, a gaunt master teacher from Aleppo, made his way to Turkey with throngs of other refugees from Syria in July 2012, he immediately set about registering children for school. Classes back home would have started in September, and there was little time to waste.
By November, with backing from international and Turkish charities, the governor of Kilis Province had presided over the opening of the “Culture Center for Syrians.”
Period covered by this Operations Update: 1 July to 26 September 2014.
Appeal target: CHF 42.1 million in cash, kind, and services to support the Turkish Red Crescent (TRC) until December 2015 to extend humanitarian assistance to meet the needs of some 250,000 people seeking assistance and protection.