Concern Worldwide

Supporting Syrian Refugees in Turkey to improve inclusion in formal education.

Location: Turkey

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  More than 3.5 million Syrians displaced by the violence in their country have sought refuge in Turkey.    © Concern Worldwide

More than 3.5 million Syrians displaced by the violence in their country have sought refuge in Turkey.

© Concern Worldwide

Turkey has made tremendous efforts to allow refugees to access formal education, integrating nearly half a million Syrian children into the national education system. However, as of August 2018, 38% of school-aged Syrian children in Turkey remain out of school (UNCHR, 2018). Many of these children do not have the Turkish language skills required to access the formal education system and may have gaps in their education.

Concern Worldwide is working with the Ministry of Education and with other civil society organizations to reach these marginalised children and increase inclusion of Syrian refugees in formal education through holistic programmes addressing access to education, quality of learning and the wellbeing of children.

Focused on developing Turkish language skills and improving school readiness and wellbeing, the programme complements the policies of the Ministry of Education by reducing the barriers to education faced by refugees and their families, and ensuring children have the social, emotional and educational support they need to learn effectively.

Over the last two years, Concern has transitioned 1,668 children from Informal Education Centers to Turkish Public Schools and 675 to Temporary Education Centers. 347 children who were previously working to support their families are now enrolled into formal education, while their families have been supported with conditional cash for education.  

For more information please contact Shezleen Vellani, Education Adviser, Concern Worldwide shezleen.vellani@concern.net