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Over 800,000 Syrian children to be integrated into the Turkish education system

“In the quest to safeguard Syria from a blotted future of a “Lost generation”, the Turkish government has lent out a hand by taking up the mammoth task of educating 800,000 Syrian children. This noble cause has been inspirational to many movements across the globe and has provided a boost in restructuring Syria. Laying the brick of foundation for Syria, Turkish government has currently enrolled around 133,400 children in many public run schools across the nation.

This initiative has been backed by many organisations across the world such as the European Commission Humanitarian Aid Office (ECHO) and the European Union’s Children of Peace Initiative. These organisations have supported this by providing helpful funds and necessary resources, whenever required.

Even though this movement has been stirring in many aspects, it also has also faced its fair share hiccups. One major complication has been the amalgamation of the Turkish and the Syrian curriculum. Not many Syrian children are well attuned with the Turkish language and hence face several problems in communicating. In order to resolve this issue, the Turkish government has come up with an integrated model wherein the Syrian curriculum is taught in Arabic.

They’re also training and motivating the Turkish teachers to indulge and get more involved with the newly admitted Syrian children. Another one of the barriers remained the problem of transporting such a large number from one corner to another. This was also resolved smoothly by providing transportation to over 20,000 students every day.

‘When I Picture My Future, I See nothing’: Barriers to Education for Syrian Refugee Children in Turkey, is a 62 page report signifying all the hurdles that can possibly block this progressive plan of action. But with every possible backup made for such catalyzing initiative, it can be hoped and believed that Syria would be revamped very soon. ”


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