About 260,000 Syrian children are being educated in Turkey
Syrian children attend school in the Turkish town of Kilis on December 17, 2012. (AFP/File)
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About 260,000 Syrian children are registered as pupils in Turkey, out of which around 50,000 study at state schools, a senior Turkish Education Ministry official said Tuesday.
According to Turkish Education Ministry Deputy Undersecretary Yusuf Buyuk, about 50,000 Syrian children “are being educated in our own [state] schools. We are increasing this number steadily”.
However, the challenge of educating all Syrian children in Turkey remains. Buyuk said that out of the 2.2 million Syrian refugees in Turkey, about 650,000 are children of school age, which means that about 390,000 Syrian children were out of schools.
Buyuk also chaired an evaluation meeting dedicated to the Adana Action Plan, which was being carried out by the Turkish Education Ministry and the United Nations Children's Fund representatives in Turkey.
The action plan is being implemented in several Turkish provinces, including Adana, Gaziantep, Hatay, Kahramanmaras, Kilis, Mardin, Mersin, Osmaniye and Sanliurfa where the density of Syrian refugee population was high.
According to the action plan, Syrian voluntary teachers will be promoted and trained; educational materials will be distributed to Syrian children; new education centers will be built as well as functioning schools will be reconstructed and arranged to serve Syrian pupils.
The wars in Syria and many parts of Iraq have affected some 14 million children, according to a United Nations Children's Fund report published in March 2015. The children's body said that more than a million Syrian children were among refugees taking shelter in Turkey, and another million in Lebanon and Jordan. The organization said that some 2.6 million Syrian children remained out of school inside Syria as a result of the ongoing four-and-half years long civil war.
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