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Press Centre (6/2014)

Action and investment needed to universalize education: UNICEF

BRUSSELS, 26 June 2014– Recent data show that progress in making education truly universal and inclusive, and the investment required to do so, have stalled. Today’s Global Partnership for Education (GPE) Second Replenishment conference calls on the international community to commit to giving all children access to school and learning.



NEW YORK, 20 June 2014 – “As violence plagues Syria and other countries across the region, record numbers of displaced children are seeking sanctuary in Europe, putting them at increased risk – both from the perils of the Mediterranean crossing and the uncertainty of what awaits them in host countries. Many more child refugees are expected as ‘boat season’ increases the number of people attempting to make their desperate journey.


UNICEF Statement on Reported Child Recruits

ANKARA, 13 June 2014 - Recent reports and statements related to child recruits in the PKK are deeply concerning. 


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.

World Day Against Child Labour

Sema is 8 years old and has not been attending school for the last 4 months in June 2014. She is working together with her family as a seasonal agricultural worker to harvest crops. She said she starts working at 5 am till the sunset. 

Yusuf is 6 and he was asleep at 10:30 in front of the scales on the sidewalk. He is making money by weighing people on the streets.

Kemal is 13 and he is working in a mechanics shop. He is enrolled in 8th grade but he barely attends the school as he needs to take care of his single mother. 


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!”



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.

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.

UNICEF Turkey Country Office, Yukarı Dikmen Mah. Alexsander Dubçek Cd. 7/106, 06450 Çankaya/Ankara. Telephone: +90 312 454 1000 Fax: +90 312 496 1461 E-mail: ankara@unicef.org