Conditional Cash Transfer for Education programme
Supporting the education of refugee children in Turkey
After they lost their house during the war in Syria, Esraa and her family left Aleppo to take refuge in Turkey in 2013. Esraa is 7 years old and she is in grade 1. She has two siblings: Beyen is 9 and Ahmed is 4 years old. Esraa says “One day my father found a blackboard like the one we have at school. We use it when we study at home. I enjoy writing on this board because it makes me feel like a teacher. My siblings become my students and I can teach them the alphabet. I hope I can become a real teacher one day.” Esraa and her siblings are currently benefiting from the Conditional Cash Transfer for Education programme (CCTE), which encouraged her family to keep her in school and continue her education.
The European Union (EU) funds the CCTE project in partnership with UNICEF, building on its flagship humanitarian programme, the Emergency Social Safety Net. The EU contribution of EUR 84 million from its humanitarian budget funds bi-monthly cash transfers to vulnerable refugee families whose children attend school regularly. The project also includes a child protection component to ensure refugee children continue to attend school and receive complementary child protection services when needed.
In July 2018, CCTE supported more than 313 000 children who attend school regularly. Including an additional half-yearly payment for registration, it has in total supported over 368,000 children. Several other humanitarian projects complement this one, addressing protection issues, providing non-formal education and specialised health care services.
For more information please contact Judit.BARNA@ec.europa.eu