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Youth Empowerment and Protection

Quality Education: As part of new Country Program UNICEF Education Section focuses on increasing access in quality pre-school  education, completion of quality primary education and  transition to secondary education, and secondary education with special emphasis to gender parity.

Child Protection: UNICEF works with law enforcement officials, the judiciary and social services to strengthen the system to prevent and address abuse and exploitation of children, particularly those outside of parental care and in contact with the law. UNICEF strives to create opportunities for Turkey’s 13 million adolescents to learn lifeskills, to protect them from HIV/AIDS and live healthy, productive lives.


Quality Education

As part of new Country Program UNICEF Education Section focuses on increasing access in quality pre-school  education, completion of quality primary education and  transition to secondary education, and secondary education with special emphasis to gender parity.

Attention will be paid to increasing secondary education enrolment and developing youth’s skills. The different needs of girls and boys, children in and out of school, and children from different geographical regions, social backgrounds and personal circumstances will be identified to be taken into account while developing programs. Barriers to secondary education participation will be studied, including the relevance of secondary education to young people’s needs, and appropriate policies will be identified. There will be a special emphasis on linking learning outcomes to labor market needs.

  • Education Program will generate qualitative and quantitative data to understand the barriers to participation in secondary education, conduct mappings and identify gaps.
  • Policies will be identified to increase demand for general and vocational formal and non-formal secondary education especially for girls and most disadvantaged adolescents.
  • New intervention models will be developed to ensure the fulfillment of young people’s needs for life and determine the livelihood skills at risk.

Child Protection

UNICEF works with law enforcement officials, the judiciary and social services to strengthen the system to prevent and address abuse and exploitation of children, particularly those outside of parental care and in contact with the law. UNICEF strives to create opportunities for Turkey’s 13 million adolescents to learn lifeskills, to protect them from HIV/AIDS and live healthy, productive lives.

Setting a youth empowerment strategy and mechanism: With its population of 17.5%, between 10-19 years of age, Turkey needs a comprehensive national youth strategy to protect youth from risks caused by urbanization, rapid social change and ensure that they acquire all the necessary lifeskills. UNICEF, in collaboration with its partners, will work to identify and implement policy, system and behaviour changes to ensure the fulfillment of young people’s needs. UNICEF will also continue to support the design, introduction and implementation of a national youth policy. 

Despite the progress made in the area of child participation, children in Turkey still lack adequate opportunities for self-expression and social participation. The provincial child rights committees provide a platform for children’s participation to local policy making and strengthening their life skills through peer education. UNICEF will further strengthen the role children and adolescents play to protect their own rights and shape their environments as well as improving the institutional environment supportive of youth engagement.

The structure of physical, institutional and policy frameworks at local levels should provide a protective framework for all children and youth for the sustainable improvement of their living standards and empowerment. UNICEF will focus on consolidating all efforts at the local level using child friendly cities as a medium and providing technical support for the development of replicable “child-friendly” models for the delivery of quality services to children at national and local levels.

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