In Türkiye UNICEF aims to help all children have a good quality education in a safe environment
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Türkiye is an upper middle-income country with well-established institutions and extensive public services, especially in education. Türkiye has made significant achievements in reducing poverty and inequality and in improving access to services for the most vulnerable, including refugee children and their families. However, in the past six years, Türkiye has welcomed 4 million refugees, more than any other country.
Refugee children and families arriving in Türkiye, mostly from Syria, have suffered the mental and physical trauma of war and need to adapt quickly to their new surroundings.
Even though Türkiye has taken big steps in getting refugee children into school, around 400,000 were still out of school in 2021
Restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic from spring 2020, as well as earthquakes and other natural disasters, have made the situation much worse. There is a growing need to build resilient, inclusive systems, improve learning outcomes, and to be able to respond effectively to environmental crises.
We are working with the Turkish government and partners to help improve services for all children and their families, including refugees.
Our programming covers education from early childhood to upper secondary education and we are also focusing on skills development, promoting social cohesion and ensuring that children with disabilities are not left out.