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Education for Syrian refugees

In September 2015, Malteser International started working with The Orient Face, a Syrian organization in Kahramanmaras, southern Turkey. The organization has opened two temporary educational centers for Syrian refugee children in Turkey. Since the summer of 2016, Malteser International has supported the project with funds from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). This project offers 690 children an opportunity to gain education pending their entry into the Turkish school system.

The civil war in Syria has been going on for almost six years. More than 13.5 million Syrians are reliant on humanitarian aid. The country has 8.7 million internally displaced persons and 4.8 million people have already fled the country to seek refuge in neighboring countries.

2.7 million Syrian refugees are registered in Turkey, half of whom are children. Most of these refugees are from northern Syria and have witnessed scenes of violent fighting.

The toll of the civil war has inevitably caused an education crisis. Most Syrian refugee children are out of school. Without sufficient education and access to resources, the next generation will not be equipped with the knowledge and skills to find a place in the labor market and re-build the community and economy of their home nations.

The project ensures nearly 700 Syrian refugee children attend kindergarten and school classes 1 to 12. The objective is to provide education for children until they are able to join the Turkish school system and public schools. The focus is therefore on learning the Turkish language and preparing older students for admission into university and other higher institutions.

  • Payment of teacher salaries and administration fees
  • Support for the running costs of the school

Country Info

Capital: Ankara
Area: 783,562 km²
Population: c. 74.9 Million

Project Data

Project duration: July 2016 - June 2018
Donors: ADH - Germany's Relief Coalition, German Federal Foreign Office (AA), German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), private donations
Partner: The Orient Face

Last updated: April 2017

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