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Press Centre (7/2015)

Supporting the Syrian Children in Turkey

Ankara, July 3, 2015 – The Government of Germany has donated two million euros to UNICEF for the education of Syrian children in Turkey.
UNICEF is supporting the efforts of the Ministry of National Education (MONE), Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD), local authorities, and other stakeholders to provide quality education to children of all ages, including children with disabilities and adolescents who have been out of school for several years, in camp and non-camp settings. The financial contribution of the Government of Germany will enable more children to benefit from these efforts.

With the Syrian Crisis now in its fifth year, about four million Syrians, including two million children, are living in other countries as refugees. Turkey currently hosts more than 1.7 million Syrians, of whom more than 900,000 are children, and about 600,000 are of school age. These children are at risk of becoming a lost generation.
About 400,000 Syrian children of school age living in Turkey still do not have access to education. While almost all of the children living in the temporary accommodation centres are able to go to school, the level of participation in education in non-camp settings is unfortunately very low.  

Commenting on the support for Syrian children in Turkey, German Ambassador to Turkey, Eberhard Pohl, said: “Children are the most vulnerable group amongst the refugees. At the same time, long-lasting peace in the region can only be achieved by educating these children. This is a priority for Germany, and by donating two million euro to UNICEF we show our commitment to this goal.”

Philippe Duamelle, UNICEF Representative in Turkey, said: “Creating opportunities for Syrian children to access quality education and to learn in a safe environment will be crucial, not only for the future of Syria but also the future of the region. The children victims of the Syria crises require the help and solidarity of the international community more than ever.” 

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For more information, please contact:
Sema Hosta, Chief of Communication, UNICEF in Turkey, shosta@unicef.orgTel:+90 312 454 1010
Dr.Peter Kettner, Spokesperson, pr-1@anka.auswaertiges-amt.de Tel: +90 312 455 5106
UNICEF Turkey Country Office, Yukarı Dikmen Mah. Alexsander Dubçek Cd. 7/106, 06450 Çankaya/Ankara. Telephone: +90 312 454 1000 Fax: +90 312 496 1461 E-mail: ankara@unicef.org