For Ahmed’s family, the telephone plays an important role in their life. Since they fled Sryia because of the war and arrived to Turkey five years ago, the family’s eldest son Mustafa (30) and his brother Ahmed (16) had to work in a mobile shop to look after their family and to keep their youngest brother Abdulrahman (8) in school.
Finding a way
When asked about why Ahmed stopped going to school, his mother said, “Ahmed’s father can’t work due to his illness, and since we arrived to Turkey Ahmed wanted to work to contribute to the house needs. I was not happy to see him leave education, but he always said that he has to do this for us, especially for Abdulrahman."
In the meantime, Ahmed’s youngest brother, Abdulrahman, loves going to school. He wants to become a police officer, so he is very keen on continuing his education and doesn’t miss a day at school.
At the beginning of the school year, Abdulrahman’s family enrolled him in the Conditional Cash Transfer for Education(CCTE) Programme which aims to encourage school enrolment and improve their school attendance of Syrian and other refugee children.
The CCTE is a national social assistance programme which has been implemented by the Ministry Family, Labour and Social Policies since 2003. In early 2017 it was extended to Syrian and other refugee families and is being implemented through a close partnership between the Ministry of Family, Labour and Social Policies, the Ministry of National Education, the Turkish Red Crescent and UNICEF. The extension of the programme has been made possible by the generous support of the European Union (EU), and is also supported by the Governments of Norway and the United States of America.