EU, Turkish Ministry Of National Education, And KfW Open First School In Nizip Refugee Camp
The first school under the EU's support in Türkiye for education infrastructure programme opened today to provide access for the education of Syrian children in Nizip refugee camp. The Head of the EU Delegation to Türkiye, Ambassador Christian BERGER, MoNE Undersecretary Yusuf TEKİN and KfW Member of Board Roland SILLER were among the 200 participants to the opening ceremony. The school opened is part of the €325 million EU funding on education infrastructure and developed in partnership with the German Bank for Reconstruction (KfW), aimed at facilitating the access of 112,620 Syrian and Turkish students to 3,756 new classrooms.
Overall, the EU has earmarked a total of €475 million support in the field of education infrastructure to facilitate access to education to Syrian and Turkish children in host communities. The two projects implemented by KfW, altogether with a complementary project implemented by the World Bank, are funded mainly under the Facility for Refugees in Türkiye and also under the EU Trust Fund for Syria.
The projects are developed in close partnership with the Ministry of National Education, with the aim of ensuring that Syrian children under the age of 18 have access to education in Türkiye, while also supporting the Turkish communities to successfully cope with the influx of refugees.
The Head of the EU Delegation to Türkiye, Ambassador Christian Berger, said on the occasion: "We are here to open the very first school in Nizip refugee camp, out of a total of 200 schools that will follow across Türkiye shortly. We are proud to have been able to support the Turkish authorities' enormous efforts in facilitating Syrian children's access to education so swiftly since the establishment of the EU's Facility for Refugees in Türkiye, in complementarity with the EU Trust Fund for Syria. More than 600,000 Syrian children are now attending school here in Türkiye. To contribute to these efforts, the projects with a budget of €475 million will see more than 200 new schools constructed in 19 provinces together with our partners KfW and the World Bank, to enable some 150,000 Syrian and Turkish students to complete their education in well-equipped facilities."
The Facility for Refugees in Türkiye
The European Union has been supporting Türkiye in response to the refugee crisis since 2011. Initial support was in the form of Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid (ECHO). Other EU financial instruments for medium and long-term support were added later, responding to the protracted nature of the crisis. In January 2016 this support was substantially scaled up with the entry into force of the Facility for Refugees in Türkiye.
Through the Facility, €3 billion has been contracted to assist both refugees and host communities in Türkiye, by providing assistance in key areas such as education, health, infrastructure, socio-economic development and migration management. Under the €3 billion support, 72 projects are on-going and €1.9 billion have been disbursed.
This funding comes on top of around €350 million which had been already allocated for refugee support in Türkiye since the beginning of the crisis, and on top of bilateral aid provided by EU Member States.
In addition, the EU Regional Trust Fund for Syria (EUTF-Madad) has been funding also actions since its creation in December 2014. Support for Syrian refugees and their host countries is provided in five countries including Türkiye, Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt and Iraq. EUTF has reached a total volume of €1.5 billion to date. Large programmes focusing on education, livelihoods, health, socio-economic support, water and wastewater infrastructure – benefitting both refugees and their host communities - have already been approved by the Fund’s Board, for a total of more than €1.2 billion. EUTF is reaching more than 2 million beneficiaries.
EU support to the Turkish national education system
In Türkiye, there are over 950,000 Syrian children of school age (5-17 years). Ensuring that they all can have access to good quality education is a priority to prevent a lost generation, and their enrolment into the Turkish education system is an opportunity to support overall integration efforts. In the 2017-2018 academic year 603,929 Syrian children went to school, which was a significant increase over previous years.
The EU supports these efforts of the Ministry of National Education through the construction of schools and provision of operational support as in the case of the Direct Grant or initiatives with UNICEF, UNHCR, and international NGOs, such as Concern Worldwide, DAAD and SPARK. All these efforts are complementary parts of over €899 million dedicated to education under the EU Funding in Türkiye.
For more information please contact:
İlhan GÜLTEKİN - Programme Manager for Infrastructure, Facility for Refugees in Türkiye
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For press inquiries:
Miray Akdağ – Press Officer for the Delegation of the EU to Türkiye
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