Educating Syrian Refugees in Turkey

07 October, 2015 Turkey, Education

IDRF is pleased to announce that our Enabling Education campaign has now extended to include Syrian refugee children/students in Turkey!

The Syrian war has reversed 10 years of progress in education for Syrian children. – UN children’s agency

We have partnered with the Syrian Education Commission and through the Al Salam School for Syrian Refugees, we are providing Syrian Refugee children with quality education along with psychological counseling in a bordering town of Turkey.

With a rising number of Syrian civilians fleeing to neighboring countries in search for safety and shelter, the number of children lacking basic needs and access to education is increasing rapidly.

It is estimated that between 2 and 3 million Syrian children are not attending school and most significantly, they lack any hope for further education to better their future. There are nearly 800,000 Syrians registered as refugees in Turkey since 2014 and more than half of them are children of school age.

The Al Salam school situated in the Turkish town of Reyhanli (a few km from Syria), was founded by a group of Syrian-Canadians who initially aimed to offer humanitarian relief and social services to Syrian refugees from different backgrounds, sects and religions.

With lack of education identified as a growing need, the school now educates 1,200 students aged 6-15 and has 64 employees, including 53 teachers. All students and employees of the school are Syrian refugees.

The curriculum followed by the school is the Syrian Curriculum so that the refugee students can continue their courses that they have studied in Syria. The carefully designed curriculum will also enable the students to integrate into Turkish Universities.

The school is open to all Syrian refugee students from Grades 1 – 12 regardless of religion, race, age, background and academic achievements and charges no fees. With the number of students growing at a steady pace, the challenge is to have sufficient space in the classrooms to accommodate new students.

The Turkish government has been very supportive of this project. The establishment of Al Salam School has greatly benefitted the refugee situation by keeping Syrian refugee children in school instead of on the streets.

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