UNITE FOR CHILDREN-- UNICEF

Programmes 2006–2010: Quality Education

Access to Primary and Secondary Education

Secondary schoolgirls, Northwestern Turkey

Secondary schoolgirls, Tekirdağ, Northwestern Turkey, 2006.
Photograph by Rana Mullan © UNICEF Turkey 2006

Goal

Access to Primary and Secondary Education aims to sustain efforts to eliminate gender disparities in primary school enrolment with the participation of local authorities, non–governmental organisations (NGOs), local media, and communities. The project also seeks to encourage higher levels of enrolment for girls in secondary education.

Results achieved so far

  • The Haydi Kızlar Okula! girls’ education campaign led to the enrolment of 231,879 girls in primary education between 2003 and 2006 as well as an additional 114,734 boys.
  • The Catch–up Education Programme will be rolled–out nationwide at the beginning of 2008, giving 500,000 boys and girls between 10 and 14 years of age who dropped–out or never enrolled in school a second chance to complete their basic education.
  • Since Haydi Kızlar Okula! was launched, the Ministry of National Education (MONE) has built more than 101,497 new classrooms with funding from the EU and private sector organisations.
  • Haydi Kızlar Okula! encourages and enables low–income families to send their children to school. Haydi Kızlar Okula! also advocated disbursing a higher amount for girls as an added incentive to help overcome gender discrimination in girls’ enrolment.
  • MONE reports improved learning achievements in primary school boys and girls regarding children’s rights, gender equality and life skills in general since the introduction of the revised primary school curriculum.
  • A data collection and monitoring system has been introduced which will provide accurate information and statistics, disaggregated by gender, regarding primary education attendance and performance.
  • The continuing campaign for gender parity in primary school enrolment has been sustained in provinces with high gender gaps and expanded to include secondary–school–aged girls.

Project Partners

MONE, the Ministry of Interior (MOI), NGOs, the EU, the World Bank, the private sector and the media.

Creating a Child–friendly School Environment

Students in a child–friendly schoolyard

Students at a child–friendly school in Van, Eastern Turkey.
Photograph by Rana Mullan © UNICEF Turkey 2006

Goal

Creating a Child–friendly School Environment focuses on improving the quality of primary education using both regular and additional resources to ensure that primary school children can study and develop their potential in a positive environment.

Results achieved so far

  • MONE reports improved learning achievements in primary school boys and girls regarding children’s rights, gender equality and life skills in general since the introduction of the revised primary school curriculum.
  • The project has helped establish child–friendly criteria of active learning, reading, provision of clean drinking water, increased parent and child participation and zero tolerance for violence into a number of selected schools in pilot areas.
  • A Strategy and Action Plan for primary schools to maintain a safe environment encouraging study and learning has been rolled–out nationwide.

Project Partners

MONE, MOI, teachers, parents, and children.

Catch-up Education Programme

From a catchup class in Manisa, © 2009 UNICEF Turkey

Catch-up education targets children between 10 and 14 years age, who are at compulsory schooling age but were not able to complete their education at the same time as their peers.

More specifically, the target group includes those children who

  • have never been enrolled in school
  • have dropped out or being a non-attender
  • are at least 3 grades behind their peers

The purpose of catch up education programme is to allow these children to gain necessary skills in a short period of time, which will allow them to have a second chance in education.

Overview

In July 2008, Directive on Catch-up Education Programme was approved by the Board of Education and The Catch–up Education Programme has been rolled–out nationwide during the 2008-2009 academic year, giving at least 50,000 boys and girls between 10 and 14 years of age who dropped–out or never enrolled in school a second chance to complete their basic education.

As of May 2009, catch-up education classes have been opened for a total of approximately 10.000 children. These classes will be made available to more than at least 140,000 children who have reached the age of 10-14 without ever going to school or without having attended regularly, and who are currently either out of school or studying in the same classes as children much younger than themselves.

By 2008, provincial coordinators and master trainers have already been trained on the catch up education programme.

In addition, the electronic school registration and monitoring system established by Ministry of National Education, namely E-school' database system allows to monitor children who have never enrolled in the school system and are within the scope of catch-up education programme. The 'E-school' system has modules that provide up-to-date number and information on children enrolled and attending the catch-up education programme.

for Glossary

Catch-up education targets children who are in the age group of 10-14 years and at compulsory schooling ages but were not able to complete their education at the same time as their peers. The purpose of catch up education programme is to allow these children to gain necessary skills in a short period of time, which will allow them to have a second chance in education.

Project Partners

Ministry of National Education, Primary Education General Directorate

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