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Reaching to school must not be a matter for children of Syria

 

SANLIURFA, Turkey, July 2015 - “I am satisfied with the school bus. I have nothing to worry about now,” says Kamal. This 6-year-old Syrian boy from Aleppo now lives in Sanliurfa. “I would like to be a pilot when I grow up. Because it’s very nice to fly” he adds.
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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.
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Khalid's story: A young man from Syria in the tent city shaping the copper wires into his future

 

SURUC, Turkey, May 2015 – Some people become artists after finishing art schools or conservatories while some are just born that way. Khalid from Kobane is the latter. 
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Syrian teachers welcome UNICEF incentive initiative

 

KAHRAMANMARAŞ, Turkey, April 2015 – “It was like a festival,” says Raid Ramadan, a Syrian teacher now teaching Syrian refugees in Turkey. He is referring to the day when he and his colleagues went to the local post office to draw out their first payments under a new incentive scheme. “Everybody took their money and went back to their tent happily to be with their family,” he recalls. 
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New education centre for Syrian children in Kahramanmaraş

KAHRAMANMARAŞ, April 22, 2015 – A new education centre for Syrian children was officially opened in Kahramanmaraş today. The UNICEF-supported education centre was built in partnership with the Turkish Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) and the Ministry of National Education, with financial support from the European Commission.
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UNICEF and EU mark milestone in support to Syrian children in Turkey

Ankara, April 15, 2015–The closing ceremony of the two-year “Increasing Resilience of Syrian Children under Temporary Protection in Turkey” Project was held in Ankara today. The project was implemented in partnership between UNICEF, AFAD, the Ministry of National Education and the Turkish Red Crescent with the generous financial support of the European Union.
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Young Syrian volunteers on the go at Child Friendly Spaces in the camps

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.
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Syrian children and adolescences in Turkey talk about their hopes at the 4th year anniversary of the Syria Crisis

 

TURKEY, March 2015 – With the conflict in Syria now entering its fifth year, the situation of more than 5.6 million children inside the country remains the most desperate. That includes up to 2 million children who are living in areas of the country largely cut off from humanitarian assistance due to fighting or other factors. Some 2.6 million Syrian children are still out of school.
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New education centre for Syrian children in Nizip

 

NİZİP/GAZİANTEP, March 18, 2015 – A new education centre for Syrian children officially opened in Gaziantep, Nizip today. The UNICEF-supported education centre was built in partnership with AFAD, and the Ministry of National Education, and with the financial support of the Government of Luxembourg. With a capacity of 1,080 students, the centre has 12 classrooms: 10 for primary education and two for pre-school education.
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UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and Turkish actress, Tuba Büyüküstün, visits Syrian children in Za'atari refugee camp

ZA’ATARI, Jordan, 04 March 2015- On a one day visit with UNICEF to Za’atari refugee camp, Jordan, Turkish actress Tuba Büyüküstün, famed for her role as Lamees, met with Syrian girls who have fled the nearly 4-year old war in their country.      
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Reviewing Child-Friendly Cities in Turkey

 

ANKARA, Turkey, February 2015 – “In my opinion, fixing problems in schools must be the first priority. I’m really upset that we have very few playgrounds and children have to play on the streets” says 12-year-old Hazal as she lists the problems in her city. She believes that the solution is to raise awareness on children’s rights and child-friendly cities among the residents of her district, and says the families need to be trained on these subjects. 
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UNICEF provides winter clothing for children of Syria

 

SURUC, Turkey, January 2015 - Winter conditions in Turkey, threatening the wellbeing of Syrian children, yet fortunately in camp settings children receive support from the Turkish Government, UNICEF and other UN agencies.
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Snow is not fun for Children of Syria!

 

ANKARA, Turkey, January 2015 - What comes to your mind when you think of winter? Making a snowman, the fun of playing snowball, hot coffee, chestnut, polar fleece blankets, colourful wool gloves… However, winter and snow unfortunately do not have such nice connotations for some. Especially for children who have to work outside in the freezing cold with thin clothes that are not for winter.
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Peace training for the youth of Syria and Turkey

GAZIANTEP, Turkey, January 2015 - A group of Syrian and Turkish youths from Turkey’s border town of Gaziantep came together last month to talk peace, conflict and communication.
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Parenting training for the Syrian people in Turkey

ADANA, Turkey, December 2014 – A group of Syrian volunteers have received special training in Adana, southern Turkey, in a bid to tackle family and social difficulties faced by their country’s refugees. The Training of Trainers (ToT) session held in Adana on December 9-12 as part of the Parenting Training Program has been specially designed for Syrian people.
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A story of a new life, a new language: Azize from Latakia

 

MERSIN, Turkey, December 2014– Hers was a happy, peaceful, tranquil life — just like any other childs’. She used to lead a “normal” life with her mother, her father and her seven siblings. They had a house in both Latakia and in their village one and a half hours from the city.
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Children's rights and roles in emergency are discussed at Children's Forum

From Ankara to New York, Turkey celebrates the 25th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child by actively listening to children affected by emergencies and disasters.



ANKARA, Turkey, December 2014 – In the outskirts of Turkey’s capital, Turkish and Syrian children came together in meeting rooms usually reserved for politicians, academics, businessmen and NGOs. 

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Roya wants a smart phone

 

SURUÇ, Türkiye, December 2014 - At 15 years old, Roya has already seen her share of hardship. Paralysed after an accident at 6 months, the teenager has now had to flee fighting in her hometown of Ayn Al-Arab, known as Kobane to the Kurds. 
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Child protection training for Syrian families in emergencies

 

SANLIURFA, Turkey, November 2014 In a bid to establish the key needs of Syrian urban refugees in Turkey, UNICEF and the Turkish Ministry of Social Policy and Family have launched a pilot project in the country’s southern province of Sanliurfa.

 

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UNICEF makes first winter distribution for Kobane Refugees
SURUC, Turkey, November 2014 -Berevan Bozi, 23, cuddles two-month-old Berfin outside the half built three-story house in the Turkish town of Onbirnisan, just 15 kilometres from the Syrian border and Kobane. She fled the fighting 45 days ago when her daughter was just 13-days-old. As winter draws in, she is struggling to keep warm. 
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Syrian and Turkish Kids are developing projects for their own rights

ANKARA, Turkey, November 2014 – It is clear the group of Syrian and Turkish children gathered for training in Ankara already know a lot about their subject. Fingers rise swiftly in response to the first question about child rights. 
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First step for financial support of Syrian teachers in Turkey

 

ANKARA, Turkey, 5 November 2014 - The Ministry of National Education, PTT Inc. and UNICEF have agreed on a protocol regarding “The remuneration of the Syrian teachers contributing voluntarily to educational activities for the Syrian people”.
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Turkey increases precautions against polio in Istanbul
İSTANBUL, Turkey, 21 October 2014 – The old Istanbul district of Fatih, lies on the city’s historical peninsula, and is one of its longest inhabited areas. In among the historical walls, touristic gems like the Hagia Sophia, Sultan Ahmet Mosque and the Grand Bazaar are interspersed between the cosmopolitan infrastructure. The Syrian refugees are just the latest arrivals in Fatih district and add to the numerous nationalities already here. 
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Syrian sisters play to forget

 

SURUÇ, Turkey, 9 October 2014 -Crammed into old classrooms, mattresses strewn on the floor Sirin and her two sisters are in high spirits.

 

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No matter how, no matter where: Syrian children fight to continue their education

KİLİS, Turkey, October 2014 – The small town of Kilis on the Turkish-Syrian border is the first stop for thousands of Syrian refugees, and many of them have gone no further into Turkey.  The town’s population has risen from 90,000 to 210,000 since the start of the conflict.
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Syrian volunteer teachers are determined to get back to the classroom

 

ANTAKYA – OSMANİYE, Turkey, October 2014 – In front of a single-floor, humble house on a sidestreet of the suburbs of Antakya city, in the southern Turkey, a narrow garden is bordered by a small wall and iron wires. 
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An extraordinary school in Suruç houses 1,700 Syrians fleeing violence in Kobani...

 

SURUÇ, Turkey, 26 September 2014 – Think of a school where children wait in line for biscuits with their eyes full of fear rather than joy… Think of a school where children and youth sleep on sacks or humanitarian aid kits instead of sitting in class ready to learn. 
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UNICEF's emergency respond to Syrians who come across to Turkey

 

150,000 Syrian refugees from Kobani have crossed the border from Syria into Turkey in couple days starting from 19th September. Approximately %60 of them are children. 
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UNICEF helps children with celiac disease in camps

 

ADANA, Turkey, 20 September 2014 – After tackling the immense hardships of leaving your home, your friends and family and your country torn apart by war, it’s easy to overlook debilitating diseases that don’t stop just because you’re on the move. Grabbing food where you can becomes a much bigger problem for Syrians struggling with nutritional diseases, especially one that prevents some from eating a cheap staple—bread.
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Investigating Syrian refugee nutrition in Turkey

 

ADANA, Turkey, 19 September 2014 – The Adana suburb streets are wide and crowded. Soon the roads become narrower and the crowds become bigger—mostly women and children. On a side street of Yeşilbağlar neighborhood of Yüreğir, a 10-year-old girl named İntizar is busy helping her mother.
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UNICEF Trains Others In Emergency Child Protection

 

ISTANBUL, Turkey, 6 September 2014 – “Please help me! I lost my husband, and I have no idea where he’s buried!” A pregnant woman approaches an aid team as they plan emergency help in the field. Exhausted, the woman falls to the ground and sobs.
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Food First: Aid agencies tackle nutrition problems for Syrians in Turkey

 

ANKARA, Turkey, 27th August 2014- A new initiative to help Syrians in Turkey has been launched in a bid to address the needs of hundreds of thousands living outside refugee camps. The latest government figures put the total number of Syrians in Turkey at 1.35 million, and with only 220,000 of those living in camps, the vast majority struggle to survive on their own.
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TURKEY and UNICEF Working together to help children prepare for emergencies

 

  Using the latest innovations, Turkey and UNICEF have joined forces to focus on a child-centred humanitarian response. In collaboration with Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD), UNICEF visited a flagship centre in Bursa, north-west Turkey. The centre equips adults and children with the knowledge of what to do in the face of disaster.  
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Syrian twins closer than ever through disability as they find refuge in Turkey

NİZİP, Turkey, July 2014 - With its organised and clean streets, open living spaces, social facilities, schools, clinic and market, the Nizip-2 Container Campsite established for Syrian families resembles a tent city rather than a camp.
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Young Syrians receive a certificate on Turkish language

NİZİP, Turkey, 25 June 2014 – Gathered in a room in southern Turkey, a group of young Syrians are starting a new linguistic chapter in their lives. Forced from their homes by the conflict, they are firmly looking forward to the opportunities that come with learning Turkish.
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Polio vaccination campaign reaches Istanbul

Istanbul - June 2014 –Turkey’s campaign to vaccinate children at risk of polio has reached Istanbul. Led by the Ministry of Health and assisted by UNICEF, 290,000 children under-5 in the city’s districts of Ümraniye, Sancaktepe, Esenyurt, Sultangazi, Fatih and Küçükçekmece have been immunized. 
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Goodwill Ambassador Tuba Büyüküstün visits children near Syrian border

 

KILIS, Turkey – 4 June 2014 - “Lamis, Lamis Lamis!” children shouted as Turkish actress and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Tuba Büyüküstün arrived at the school. “Her name is Tuba!” a women tried but a child insisted; “I see her on TV all the time and her name is Lamis!”

 

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New schools for children of Syria in Turkey

 

KILIS, Turkey – 4 June 2014 - Kilis has “one of the cleanest, most humane, most efficiently run refugee camps in history”* It is also a busy city and no matter what time of day or night you walk its streets, you hear children speaking Arabic.
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Turkey expands the scope of polio vaccination campaign

 

VAN, Turkey - June 2014 - A father of seven daughters, Ibrahim Aziz Hasan, escaped Aleppo seven months ago to the Turkish city of Van, where he is getting his children the healthcare they need. He has brought his three-year old Fatma to be inoculated against polio, as the country’s Ministry of Health continues its efforts to ensure the outbreak does not spread across its borders. Ibrahim and his family live in a rented modest single storey house, outside of the camps, making them among the hardest to inform about polio. But a door-to-door awareness campaign is making great progress.
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Tuba Büyüküstün Will Work with UNICEF for Children!

 

Tuba Büyüküstün, a successful cinema and TV actress is becoming "Goodwill Ambassador" for UNICEF.  Büyüküstün will be one of UNICEF's Goodwill Ambassadors working for child rights.
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Three blind Syrian siblings who listened to the drums of war, but are determined to hear sounds of peace

 

ISLAHİYE, Gaziantep, May 2014 – Zahra, and her brother Abdülhamid and their sister Emane cannot see. They live in a tent with their mother and three siblings more in a tent in Gaziantep’s Islahiye Camp. The three siblings, aged 19, 17 and 13 fled Syria 15 months ago with their family from Idlib, now safe from the conflict that rages across the border in Syria. 
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Bilal has started to smile again thanks to music

 

ADANA, Turkey, May 2014– Youth worker Sevgi Biçer first noticed the serious boy at the opening of Adana Sarıçam Camp’s Child Friendly Space. “He was serious and aggressive, like an adult,” she said. “The other children were painting fabric, while he just walked around, watching.” 
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Nour: The girl who was named for the light in her eyes

ISLAHİYE, Gaziantep, May 2014 –The name of this permanently cheerful Syrian girl is Nour. It’s hard to find someone in Islahiye Camp that doesn’t know her — she is probably the happiest child in the camp. There is no one who smiles more than Nour, especially when she is playing with her birds, doll and mobile phone. 


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OneMinutesJr workshop in Turkey

KAHRAMANMARAŞ, Turkey, 23 April 2014 - Almost 16,000 people from Syria live in the Kahramanmaraş Camp in the South of Turkey, more than 5,000 of them are children. 15 of these children have the opportunity to produce OneMinutesJr videos about their lives in a workshop organized this week by UNICEF Turkey. 

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Happiness of Syrian children on Children's Day, 23rd April

GAZİANTEP, Turkey, 24 April 2014 - UNICEF Turkey and Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency of Turkey(AFAD), prepared a pleasant surprise for the children in connection with Sovereignty and Children’s Day of Turkey, celebrated each year on 23rd April. Teams distributed gift sets and balloons during the event held in Gaziantep’s Masal Park. The UNICEF balloons especially caught the eye of more than one child who were delighted with the day. As part of the day’s event, Syrian youngsters took to the stage to join their peers from 36 countries who came together to perform traditional folk dances in Karataş Sport Center. 
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Syrian children host the President of Germany in Kahramanmaraş

KAHRAMANMARAŞ, Turkey, 28 April 2014 - The President of Germany Joachim Gauck and his partner Ms Daniela Schadt, Patroness of UNICEF Germany, visited UNICEF's Child Friendly Space in the Turkish border camp of Kahramanmaraş on 27th April, 2014. 



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A visit to UNICEF School by British Ambassador

Richard Moore, British Ambassador to Turkey visited the tent city of İslahiye in Gaziantep, in which more than 10,000 Syrian refugees have been living. During the visit, Ambassador Moore was accompanied by UNICEF Turkey Representative Dr. Ayman Abulaban, WFP Turkey Representative Jean-Yves Lequime, AFAD and Turkish Red Crescent. 
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Rezzan's biggest dream is to wear her red dress again

ADANA, Turkey, March 2014 – Syrian children forced to flee their country and take cover in neighboring countries, also had to leave their lovely belongings behind. Those things — a dress, a book or a toy — are now just memories. It is not the expense of these childhood tokens, but their value is immeasurable for these child refugees. They are destined to be remembered as lost many decades later. 
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Listen Syrian children's stories from them

ANTAKYA, Turkey, March 2014 – While the conflict in Syria passes 3 years away, children lives has been changing in a dramatic way. Since the day conflict started, 5,5 million children affected, more than 10.000 children have been killed, around 8.000 children have crossed borders without any relatives and fled to other countries in the region.
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Turkey completes polio vaccination campaign prompted by Syrian outbreak


OSMANİYE, Turkey – 2014 Turkey’s inoculation campaign to combat Syria’s polio outbreak has been successfully completed. Launched by the Turkish Republic’s Ministry of Health, in coordination with UNICEF, measures to prevent the spread of the disease to Turkey concluded after reaching 1.5 million children across the country. 


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A Syrian child in Ankara bearing the scar of war: Cumana

ANKARA, Turkey, February 2014 - War will undoubtedly leave deep marks in the memories of those Syrian children who have had to take refuge in a neighbouring country, bidding farewell to their homes, friends, schools and toys. For some children, the marks will be more than a recollection, they also bear the physical scars of war. Just like little Cumana from the city of Jarabulus.    
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Syrian and Turkish children hand-in-hand with the footballers

 

GAZIANTEP, Turkey, February 2014 - “It is the first time in my life that I have watched a game in the stadium. I am excited and so happy.” 
These words belong to Usema Hamso  from Aleppo, who is 13 years old and studying at 8th grade in primary school. Together with ten other Syrian children now living in Nizip 2 camp, in Turkey’s Gaziantep province, he has been chosen to watch the Super League match between Gaziantepspor and Beşiktaş of Istanbul in the Şehit Kamil Ocak Stadium. Usema and his friends are not only here to watch the game; they also sent a message of peace to the whole world during the ceremony held before the kick-off, when they walked out onto the pitch hand-in-hand with Turkish children and the footballers of both teams.  


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Meaningful Support from Gaziantepspor and Besiktas Football Clubs to UNICEF

Footballers from Gaziantepspor and Besiktas Football Clubs will take to the field in the game on February 7, hand-in-hand with Syrian children staying in the camps. 

UNICEF Turkey, Gaziantepspor and Besiktas Football Clubs together carry out a crucial social responsibility project organized for Syrian children. As part of this cooperation, in the game that will take place on February 7, Friday, at Gaziantep Şehit Kamil Ocak Stadium between Gaziantepspor and Besiktas Football Clubs, the footballers will enter to the football field hand-in-hand with Syrian children. The visiting team, Besiktas, will take to the football ground with the banner, “Syrian Children Need Your Support”. 


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Syrian children celebrate first school reports in UNICEF-built camp school


January 24th was a day of great excitment for 2,544 Syrian children living in the Islahiye tent city in Turkey’s Gaziantep province - and another small milestone in UNICEF’s efforts to ensure that young Syrians who have fled the violence in their country are able to continue their education.



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Syrian kids' love of football reduces the severity of their traumas

Ayberk Yurtsever 


ISLAHIYE, Turkey, January 2013 - With the bell still echoing in the corridors of the Islahiye Camp school, recently built by UNICEF and the Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD), a group of Syrian children gather excitedly on the football field outside the nearby Child Friendly Space. First, UNICEF cyan-blue schoolbags are left by the goalposts or on the back of the nets. Then the teams are chosen. Within seconds, the match is under way. 

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Young Syrians are learning Turkish not to be a "lost generation"

 MALATYA, Turkey, December 2013 - Ahmed has just graduated from the department of mathematics teaching. Nevar is a 4th grader in the department of physics. Fatma is a first-year student in history. The common trait of these three young people is that they are young Syrians who have just started learning Turkish. Like many other Syrians in Turkey, they are deeply concerned by the prospect of becoming a "lost generation". Bedri Rahmi Eyüboğlu, a well-known Turkish poet, writes in his poem Three Languages: "You shall speak at least three languages; you shall think and have your dreams in at least three languages." 

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UNICEF supports the teachers who are changing the lives of Syrian children

Ayberk Yurtsever 

ŞANLIURFA, Turkey, December 2013 - Whiteboards, projectors, desks, chairs, files, notebooks and pencils are ready. However, this time, there are no schoolchildren around, carrying blue UNICEF bags. Today, all of the participants are teachers: Syrian teachers living and working in the camps across Turkey. 

This one-day teacher's training session is being held in a total of nine training tents in the Akçakale camp in the province of Şanlıurfa. It brings together 271 Syrian teachers from the camp. 

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Youth workers: the best friends of Syrian children

Ayberk Yurtsever 

ŞANLIURFA-KİLİS, Turkey, December 2013 - Youth workers supported by UNICEF are helping to rebuild the lives of Syrian children who have fled the violence in their country and are living in camps in Turkey. 

"On the one hand, the children continue their education in the schools located in the camps, and on the other they get the opportunity to improve their skills in the pleasant environment of the Child Friendly Space," explains Elif Gülsever, who works in the UNICEF Child Friendly Space in the Akçakale camp in the province of Şanlıurfa. 

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The Second Round of Polio Vaccination Campaign Started with the Support of UNICEF

The second round of polio vaccination campaign, which is counducted by Turkish Ministry of Health, in coordination with UNICEF Turkey, to take nationwide precautions against any possible polio epidemic, started. 

The second round of vaccination campaign, which will be carried out between 23rd and 29th December 2013, will include Syrian and Turkish children between 0 and 59 months in 11 cities (Hatay, Gaziantep, Kilis, Sanliurfa, Mardin, Sırnak, Adana, Kahramanmaras, Malatya, Adiyaman and Osmaniye) and only Syri


Syrian Families Staying in Camps across Turkey welcome Polio Vaccination Campaign

Ayberk Yurtsever / Gaziantep, Turkey / November 2013 

"As a family, we are very happy for our children to be vaccinated against polio. The reason for many diseases is the children's lack of vaccination." says Taibe Abdülmecid Ismail. 

Taibe, who had to flee the Syrian city of Edlib andtake refuge in Turkey is one of many mothers bringing their children to be vaccinated... 

The mother of six children, 4 daughters and 2 sons, shared her views on vaccination campaign while waiting with her two babies, one 11-month and other 2, for their turn to see the health workers.

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UNICEF brings winter clothes to Syrian children.

By Ayberk Yurtsever / Osmaniye / 27 November 2013 

With temperatures starting to fall across Turkey, efforts are accelerating to protect the Syrian refugees from the impact of the cold weather this coming winter. 

UNICEF has contributed to these efforts by procuring and distributing winter clothing for the very youngest of the Syrians currently sheltered in 20 camps spread over ten different provinces.

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Luxembourg joins effort to prevent Syrian children from becoming a "lost generation"

By Ayberk Yurtsever / Nizip, Turkey / November 2013 

Despite the grey morning sky, this was no ordinary day in the Nizip 2 container camp in the province of Gaziantep. Established not far from the Euphrates, and the ancient city of Zeugma, the camp hosts approximately 5,500 Syrians who have fled the violence in their country. Today, a special visitor was coming. 

While the camp management and personnel, ignoring the drizzle, rushed to complete all the preparations, girl students in UNICEF's Child Friendly Space were vigorously rehearsing one last time the drama they would perform for the extraordinary occasion. 

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Let's UNite for Education!

Nov 5, 2013: Syrian children living in Islahiye Refugee camp in Southeastern Turkey warmly greeted the official opening of their UNICEF- built school. Although the sky was unusually overcast and grey Tuesday morning, this did not dampen the spirits or resolve of the colourful mix of Syrian school children, diplomats and Turkish government officials present. 

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EU Ambassadors observe UNICEF's work in Islahiye Camp

Ayberk Yurtsever / Islahiye, Gaziantep / November 2013 

Ambassadors of European Union member states visited the Islahiye camp in order to observe at first hand the work that UNICEF is doing for the camp residents with EU financial support. 

The ambassadors visited the UNICEF Child Friendly Space and a prefabricated school constructed by UNICEF. 

In the Child Friendly Space, Syrian students presented the visitors with colorful envelopes containing messages of peace. The young Syrians also put on a performance of drama and dance that the ambassadors watched with admiration.

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Syrian children in Turkey build bridges to the future

A safe space, discussion about the arts - and art, supplies, a hopeful theme. What will the participants of the new art classes in Turkish refugee camps for Syrians explore, and what will they create? OSMANIYE AND SARIÇAM CAMPS, Turkey, 2 August 2013 -  "Expressing my opinions without pressure; living in freedom and safety." This is how one Syrian child, displaced by war and living in a camp in Turkey, defined the rights of the child during an art class organized with the support of UNICEF Turkey. 

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In Turkey, teachers learn how to work better with their Syrian refugee pupils

  Syrian volunteer teachers - men and women, old and young - participate in a teacher training session to learn how to work best with their pupils in Turkey's camps for Syrian refugees. 

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UN receives more financial support from Germany

  UNICEF and WFP are to receive a donation of 25 million from the Federal Republic of Germany to support their work in Turkey and other countries in the region hosting hundreds of thousands of persons displaced by the violence in Syria. Germany's Economic Cooperation and Development Minister Dirk Niebel announced the donation during his visit to the Nizip camp in the southern Turkish province of Gaziantep on Sunday 16th June. 

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UNICEF SUPPORTS THE SYRIANS OUTSIDE THE CAMPS

UNICEF continues to offer full support to the education activities carried out within the scope of the Humanitarian Aid Operation in Syria. As part of its support, UNICEF has equıpped school facilities in Şanlıurfa which will be used to provide primary education to Syrian children not living in refugee camps. 
The facility equipped by UNICEF, the "Information and Education Center for Syrian Guests" was made available to the Prime Ministry Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD) by the Ministry of Family and Social Policies. The opening ceremony was attended by Şanlıurfa Governor Celalettin Güvenç, UNICEF Turkey Representative Dr. Ayman A. Abulaban, local public officials, UNHCR Regional Coordinator Robin Ellis and representatives of other organisations on 24 May 2013.

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Cooperation protocol has been signed with the Turkish Red Crescent for the joint activities to be carried out within the scope of UNICEF Syria Humanitarian Aid Operation

Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Turkey Ambassador Jean- Maurice Ripert , Director General for Multilateral Political Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ambassador Erdoğan İşcan and AFAD Head of Response Department Fatih Özer participated at the ceremony held for the protocol signed by UNICEF Turkey Representative Dr. Ayman Abulaban and President of the Turkish Red Crescent Ahmet Lütfi Akar. 

The Protocol includes the content and implementation methods of the joint activities to be carried out with the Turkish Red Crescent within the scope of the EU funded "Support to Syrian Children in Turkey Project".

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Supporting Syrian Children in Turkey!

  Ankara, 27 March 2013 - the European Union and UNICEF Turkey have launched the project "Increasing Resilience of Syrian Children in Turkey" to assist vulnerable school-aged Syrian children and youth (ages 4-18) living in camps in Turkey. The 18 month project has a total budget of EUR 5,6 million, of which EUR 4,75 million is funded by the EU's Instrument for Stability. 

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FIRST TENT CITY SCHOOL NOW OPEN


The opening ceremony, for the first of 6 prefabricated schools, was held in Süleyman Şah Tent City of Akçakale as planned to be constructed under the cooperation of AFAD, Kingdom of Belgium and UNICEF. Fatih OZER, Head of Department of Intervention (AFAD), Dr. Ayman A. ABULABAN, UNICEF Turkey Representative and Eyüp FIRAT, Akçakale District Governor attended the ceremony appealing considerable attention by hundreds of Syrian citizens consisting mostly of children.



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