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Hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugee children in Turkey are not enrolled in the formal education system. With the support of the European Union, we have opened six new informal education centres in south eastern Turkey to help out-of-school children catch up.
Turkey has become the world’s largest refugee host country with three million Syrians now living within its borders. What is life like for these displaced families living for years in a state of limbo? Following her visit to Turkey last week, Anne O’Mahony, Concern’s head of international programmes, reports.
Since the war erupted in Syria, almost six years ago, Syrian families have been deprived of safety, security, and in many cases, access to food and basic essentials. But thanks to our e-voucher programme, supported by ECHO, we’ve been providing families with the food and supplies they need to survive.
With the last schoolbook wrapped and the final layer of polish applied to new shoes, it’s finally back to school time for Irish children. It’s an exciting occasion, one that is marked by a mixture of nerves and anticipation for the coming school year. But for many young Syrian refugees in Turkey, the familiar back to school ritual has been replaced with one of protracted frustration and uncertainty for their future.
The European Union is providing millions in funding for our education and e-voucher programmes in southeast Turkey, enabling vital lifelines of support for Syrian refugee families and children in the region.
With dark headlines dominating our newsfeeds, it’s easy to forget the many people working silently and doggedly for a more hopeful vision of the world. We recently visited Mount Merrion in Dublin where the community, particularly its children, are on a mission to support Concern’s work with Syrian refugees.
In the midst of the chaos and upheaval, Concern’s Humanitarian Program & Policy Officer Abby Bruell finds herself bonding with Syrian refugees over a shared love for the humble loaf.
The recent EU deal with Turkey regarding Syrian migrants has been met with considerable backlash from aid agencies working with refugees on the Greek islands. Many aid agencies have argued that the deal is unethical, illegal and impractical.
Around 1.5 million Syrians currently live as refugees in neighbouring Turkey – half of whom are children. Struggling to find a quality education – or any education at all – these children are at risk of becoming a lost generation. Through the Children of Peace programme, Concern hopes to offer them a lifeline.