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Press Centre (1/2011)

Full Support to Increasing Access to Education and Monitoring Attendance

13 January 2011, Ankara - Collaboration protocol to achieve access to education and monitoring attendance has been signed. UNICEF technical assistance and leadership of the Ministry of National Education resulted in a collaboration protocol among 17 institutions to join forces to strengthen education in Turkey to increase access to primary education and prevent drop-outs.

General Directors of the following 17 institutions came together to sign the protocol of collaboration: Ministry of National Education Primary School Directorate General , Turkish Radio and Television Institution, Social Assistance and Solidarity and Fund, Administration of Religious Affairs, Women’s Status Directorate General,  Administration of Disabilities, Social Services and Child Protection Agency, Prison and Reformatories Directorate General, General Command of Gendarmerie, Administration of Provincial Directorate General, Civil Registration and Nationality Directorate General, Local Authorities Directorate General, Consular Affairs Directorate General, Primary Health Care Services Directorate General, Labour Inspection Board, Labour Directorate General.  

Minister of National Education Nimet Çubukçu underlined the importance of collaboration to increase access to education and prevent drop-outs during her speech. “The number of children who do not have access to education is decreasing. This collaboration is a major step towards identifying Children who are not enrolled and drop-outs and to make sure that all children have access to education.”

Ministry of National Education Primary Education Director General Ibrahim Er underlined the importance of cooperation between institutions especially to prevent drop-outs. “The Ministry of National Education cannot tackle this issue alone,” said Er. “All these institutions collaborating in the area of education is a major investment Turkey is doing for its children.”

UNICEF Turkey Representative Dr. Ayman Abu Laban emphasized that Turkey has achieved outstanding results regarding education. “Now we have a bigger mission which is to keep these children in school with quality education and ensure the completion and access to higher education. The successes of Turkey can be a model for many other countries.”

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