UNICEF and EU Announce the Extension of the “Conditional Cash Transfer for Education” (CCTE) Programme for Syrians and Other Refugee Children in Türkiye

17 March 2020
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Ankara, 17 March 2020 – UNICEF and the European Union (EU) announced today the extension of the second phase of the “Conditional Cash Transfer for Education” (CCTE) until October 2020. Since its launch in mid-2017, the CCTE programme has helped keep more than 600,000 Syrian and other refugee children in school by providing their families with bi-monthly cash payments. The continuation of the programme was made possible through the contribution of an additional €50 million from the EU, bringing the total funding provided by the EU for the CCTE programme to refugee children to €154 million. The overall EU humanitarian assistance to refugees in Türkiye totals to €2.4 billion for various programmes, including the CCTE.

CCTE is a national social assistance programme implemented by the Ministry of Family, Labour and Social Services in partnership with Ministry of National Education since 2003, which was extended to Syrian and other refugee families with the support of UNICEF and the EU in mid-2017. The programme aims to encourage enrolment and improve regular school attendance. It also includes an important child protection component that ensures the identification and assessment of needs of the most vulnerable refugee children and their referral to complementary child protection services, as required.

Philippe Duamelle, UNICEF Representative to Türkiye, declared: “Around the world, education means the same thing: hope, knowledge and the possibility of a better future for all. But for too many children, realizing their right to education is an enormous challenge. In Türkiye, the extension of the CCTE programme is an excellent example of how barriers to education for children can be removed through national leadership and strategic partnerships. This programme makes a huge difference in the lives of thousands of children.”

Claudia Amaral, Head of Office of the EU Humanitarian Aid in Türkiye said: “Education is crucial for both the protection and healthy development of girls and boys affected by crises. It can help rebuild their lives, restore their sense of normality and safety, and provide them with important life skills. The European Union is one of the top donors and policy shapers in the field of education globally, and it is our joint responsibility to help children get a chance for a better future.”

The extension of the national CCTE programme to Syrian and other refugee children is being implemented through a partnership between the Ministry of Family, Labour and Social Services the Ministry of National Education, the Turkish Red Crescent and UNICEF. It has been made possible with the financial support of the European Union, as well as from Norway and the United States.


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