For every child, access to education
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UNICEF facilitates access to formal education together with the Ministry of National Education (MoNE) for Syrian learners by strengthening the capacity of teachers, both Syrian volunteer education personnel and Turkish teachers, improving and expanding learning spaces, and supporting students' access to essential school supplies.
Early Childhood Education container classrooms have been provided along with furniture and equipment to expand available learning spaces for young learners. Financial support was also provided for classrooms to cover the increased maintenance costs associated with hosting refugee children.
UNICEF, together with MoNE, has also supported the distribution of school kits (school bags and stationery kits) to refugee and vulnerable Turkish students throughout Turkey. To reduce families’ school-related costs, in cooperation with MoNE, UNICEF distributed 800,000 school kits (school bags and stationary) during the 2018-2019 school year.
Ensuring an adequate supply of education services adapted to the needs of refugee students is facilitated by the provision of monthly incentives to Syrian Volunteer Education Personnel (SVEP).
School attendance for both girls and boys is lowest in upper-secondary level in Turkey. To prevent non-attendance or drop-out at this level, the School Orientation Programme (SOP) for Grade 9 children from disadvantaged backgrounds was revised and strengthened. This programme has been implemented in all upper-secondary schools in Turkey including vocational and technical, and religious (imam hatip) schools in the 2018/2019 school year and will continue to be implemented in the following years.