Non-formal education opportunities
UNICEF and its partners are committed to developing specialized support and learning pathways for out of school children, particulary adolescents
UNICEF and its partners are committed to developing specialized support and learning pathways for out of school children, particularly the most vulnerable children and adolescents who are unable to access school for various reasons (e.g. years of missed learning or language barrier issues).
Language is a major barrier to the participation and retention of refugee adolescents in education.
The Ministry of National Education (MoNE) and UNICEF launched the Accelerated Learning Programme (ALP) in 2018 providing a second chance to refugee children aged 10-18 years old who have already been out of school for some time and are not yet ready to participate in formal education alongside other children in their own age group.
UNICEF also collaborated with the Ministry of Youth and Sports (MoYS) in providing Turkish language courses (TLCs) to refugee children at youth centres in 24 provinces, where the children can also participate in social and recreational activities with their Turkish peers. After completing the first two levels of language courses, learners are referred to Turkish public schools.
UNICEF supported MoNE and MoYS to conduct outreach campaigns to expand the reach of ALP and TLC progammes. Beneficiary children were referred to provincial directorates of National Education for enrolment in formal education. A critical intervention includes the provision of information to children and their families about education services available and referral to age-appropriate, relevant non-formal education opportunities.