Supporting Syrian Children in Turkey!
Ankara, 27 March 2013 - the European Union and UNICEF Turkey have launched the project “Increasing Resilience of Syrian Children in Turkey” to assist vulnerable school-aged Syrian children and youth (ages 4-18) living in camps in Turkey. The 18 month project has a total budget of EUR 5,6 million, of which EUR 4,75 million is funded by the EU’s Instrument for Stability.
The project helps Syrian children and young people access safe, participatory and inclusive education and recreation spaces with the intention of contributing to restoring a sense of stability and continuity. UNICEF’s implementing partner is the Turkish Red Crescent Society (TRCS) while UNICEF will also work closely with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency and the Ministry of National Education.
The first Syrian citizens seeking refuge from violence arrived in April 2011, and Turkey is currently sheltering more than 190.000 Syrian citizens in the camps that have been established and an additional substantial number outside the camps, including a high proportion of children. This project targets 97,000 school-age children.
Ayman Abulaban, UNICEF Representative in Turkey, expressed his satisfaction at the launching of this initiative, stating that “this is the first step in addressing the critical issue of education for Syrian children and youth” with the EU.
The EU with its Member States are the largest donors in terms of reacting to the crisis in Syria, with a total contribution of the order of €550 million - €322M from EU institutions plus €228M from Member States, not including new pledges made in Kuwait of over €172 million. The majority of humanitarian aid has been committed inside Syria, with considerable financing directed also to Jordan and Lebanon, where the needs are greatest.
This EU-UNICEF project is part of an ‘exceptional assistance measure’ to establish a regional support programme for populations in Syria and neighbouring countries affected by the crisis.
The Head of the EU Delegation to Turkey, Ambassador Jean-Maurice Ripert, noted that the project is “an expression of the solidarity of all Europeans with those affected by the Syrian crisis, particularly children and young people who are the most vulnerable”.
For further information, please contact:
Sema Hosta, UNICEF Turkey, 90-312 454 1000 email@example.com
Banur Özaydın, EU Delegation to Turkey, firstname.lastname@example.org