Mustafa (25) is a Syrian Volunteer Education Personnel (SVEP) participating in the SVEP incentive programme. With generous support from the Government of Germany and other donors, this was the first model to provide financial support to Syrians within the framework of the Syria crisis response, in order to encourage access to quality education for refugee children. Mustafa arrived in Turkey from the war-torn Aleppo in 2014, the displacement sadly interrupting his university studies, where he studied chemical engineering. Once he was settled in Gaziantep he searched for a way to continue his education, and is now registered at Gaziantep University. He continues his studies in chemical engineering with an additional focus on social services, and is graduating this year. He became a volunteer education personnel because he wants to be able to give the same opportunity he has had to continue his education to other Syrians.
The primary objective of the SVEP incentives programme is to provide quality education in a safe environment to Syrian children. UNICEF and the Ministry of National Education in Turkey provide monthly monetary incentives for SVEP and support training programmes for all SVEP including modules on education psychology, psychosocial support, counselling, classroom planning and management, and many other important topics.
“This is such an important programme as it helps bring together volunteer education personnel that can help refugee children to be re-integrated in the education system, so they can continue their education and build their future. They will become the doctors, teachers and engineers of Turkey and Syria and this project is super important for that”.