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UNICEF supports children in quake-affected Van in eastern Turkey

ANKARA, Turkey 31 October — UNICEF deeply shares the sorrow and shock of families who have lost their loved ones or people who are injured in the earthquake that took place in Erci, in Van in eastern Turkey.

UNICEF is coordinating its efforts based on the guidance of the Government of Turkey officials. UNICEF’s priorities are to provide child-friendly temporary education environments until new schools are constructed and to provide psycho-social support, especially to children living in the region.

As UNICEF, we believe that going back to school is the easiest way for children to overcome the tragedy they have lived through and to go back to their normal lives.

UNICEF is working in cooperation with the Ministry of National Education to identify the education needs of children living in the earthquake affected areas. In this context, UNICEF has initiated the procurement and transfer process of temporary classrooms for the students of schools damaged in the earthquake.  UNICEF has also conducted a joint rapid assessment mission with the Ministry of National Education to assess the psycho-social needs. 

Subsequent to the findings, a protocol will be signed between the Special Education and Guidance General Directorate, the UNICEF Turkey Office and the Turkish Psychological and Guidance Association on the support services that will be provided in Van.

UNICEF is also providing technical support to the Psycho-Social Services Union to assure coordination among different actors and to give psycho-social training support to teachers. UNICEF is ready to support Turkey throughout the recovery process from the 7.2 magnitude earthquake which struck on 23 October.

For more information, please contact Sema Hosta, Communication Officer, UNICEF Turkey +90 312 454 10 00



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