Under the title “Dreams of the Future”, three exhibitions were organized in Paris, New York and Ankara. The images displayed at these exhibitions were a selection from a wider body of photographs taken by the 60 Turkish and Syrian adolescents living in Turkey, telling their stories to the world.
During her tour of the “Dreams of the Future” exhibition at UNICEF House in New York, UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta H. Fore declared that the future of young people takes priority. “This exhibit is a great demonstration of how young people from different backgrounds can work together on a common project."
Mr. Halis Yunus Ersoz, Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports declared during the opening ceremony of the “Dreams of Future” Exhibition at the French Economic, Social and Environmental Council in Paris “ I would like to thank UNICEF, Reza Deghati and the EU and everyone who has worked on this project. The Ministry of Youth and Sports pays close attention to the integration process of asylum seekers and offers them Turkish language education along with all the advantages of the youth centers and youth camps under the Ministry. Our hope is that the cooperation that has started will be sustained and will have a greater impact in the international arena, spreading more and more amongst youth and multiplying its effect.”
Martin Taschner of the EU’s Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations said: “Education in Emergencies is an absolute priority for the European Union. The education projects supported by EU help refugee children to access school, which is a concrete investment in their future. Education is a protective shield against violence, early marriage and sexual exploitation. It makes children feel safe and provides them with opportunities for their future”.