ANKARA, 2 February 2018 - The European Union Facility for Refugees in Turkey has recently granted 31.4 million euros for UNICEF to continue providing critical support to the most vulnerable refugee and Turkish children in the areas of education and child protection. Through the Education and Child Protection Programme for Vulnerable Syrian and Host Community Children in Turkey, UNICEF and its partners aim to reach 165,000 children, youth and adolescents and 10,000 teachers.
The 12-month programme will build on the positive results achieved with financial support of the EU and other donors since 2015.
Turkey is home to over 3.4 million Syrian refugees of whom 1.5 million are children, over 610,000 of them enrolled in school. Despite significant gains and the commitment of the Government of Turkey, hosting the highest number of refugees in the world is putting enormous strain on the country’s basic services and infrastructure, particularly when it comes to education and child protection.
This programme aims to further improve access to inclusive quality early childhood and formal education opportunities as well as providing for increased psychosocial well-being, emotional stability and a strengthened protective environment for Syrian and Turkish vulnerable children. The geographic scope of the programme has been expanded to cover communities with high concentrations of refugees nationwide.
The head of the EU Delegation to Turkey, Ambassador Christian Berger, said on the occasion: "UNICEF is one of our main partners, not only in Turkey, but also in the region. We have been working together with UNICEF to implement education and child protection programmes for Syrian and vulnerable Turkish children. With this additional funding we will enable UNICEF to continue these successful projects to ensure a bright future for all children in Turkey."
Philippe Duamelle, UNICEF Representative to Turkey declared: "This additional funding from the EU Facility for Refugees in Turkey is an excellent indicator of the commitment of all parties to strengthening the resilience of most vulnerable refugee and Turkish children through the provision of essential education and child protection services. UNICEF is grateful for the efforts and leadership of the Government of Turkey on this issue and the generous financial support of the European Union".
Taking into account this recent contribution made by the EU, UNICEF Turkey has received a total of 80.9 million euros from the EUTF and FRIT since 2015 for critical support to the most vulnerable refugee children in Turkey in the areas of education and child protection.
UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.
About The Facility for Refugees in Turkey and EU Trust Fund
In January 2016 EU’s support to Turkey in response to the refugee crisis was substantially scaled up with the entry into force of the Facility for Refugees in Turkey. Through the Facility, €3 billion has been contracted to assist both refugees and host communities in Turkey, by providing assistance in key areas such as education, health, infrastructure, socio-economic development and migration management. Under the €3 billion contracts have been signed for 72 projects and €1.85 million has already been disbursed.
The EU Regional Trust Fund in response to the Syrian Crisis, has supported up to 1.5 million Syrian refugees and their host communities in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and the Western Balkans since its establishment in December 2014. Key priorities of the Trust Fund are promoting educational, protection and engagement opportunities for children and young people in line with the No Lost Generation initiative.