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An education programme to enable Syrian children to go to school


Girl attending school in a camp for Syrian refugees near Nizip on the Turkish-Syrian border

More than half of the Syrian refugees in Turkey are children and young people. The official refugee camps do offer them schooling. However, most refugees live outside the official camps, and there as much as 80 per cent of Syrian children and young people have no access to schools. This means they are deprived of the opportunity to return to a normal daily routine and develop new hope for the future.

That is why the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) is financing an education programme being implemented by the GIZ, which, to start with, is supporting four state primary and secondary schools in Turkey's southern province of Gaziantep.

Lessons at these schools are held in two shifts: in the mornings, Turkish children attend school and, in the afternoons, Syrian children. The support these schools are receiving is in the shape of a "full package". This package includes refurbishment of the buildings; advanced training courses and expense allowances for teachers; textbooks and teaching materials; and programmes to promote peaceful coexistence and cultural exchange. In addition, the GIZ is providing advice to the province's education authority on matters of planning, implementation and monitoring.

It is expected that, ultimately, 2,000 Syrian and 2,500 Turkish schoolchildren and 100 Syrian teachers will benefit directly from this package of assistance. The programme is being launched as a pilot project which is to be rolled out in future.

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