63 percent of Syrian children in Turkey attend school: Education minister

63 percent of Syrian children in Turkey attend school: Education minister

ANKARA – Anadolu Agency
63 percent of Syrian children in Turkey attend school: Education minister

Some 63 percent Syrian children in Turkey attend school, the education minister said on May 23.

İsmet Yılmaz made the remarks during a ceremony for signing a protocol for an additional 160 million euro ($187 million) grant to the “Education for All in Times of Crisis II” project under the “Financial Assistance Program for Refugees in Turkey.”

Christian Berger, the head of the EU delegation to Turkey, and Roland Siller, member of the Management Committee at (KfW) Development Bank, were among the attendees of the ceremony.

The grant will be used for the construction of 60 reinforced concrete schools as part of the EU-funded project, Yılmaz said.

Nearly 215 schools, including 60 prefabricated schools, and 155 reinforced concrete schools, will be established at the end of the project, Yılmaz added. 

Over 5,000 classrooms will be established and education will be imparted to 153,000 Syrian students.

There are more than 3.5 million Syrians under temporary protection in Turkey, the minister said, adding over 970,000 of them are of schoolgoing age.

He noted that as of May 21, 2018, more than 660,000 Syrian students in Turkey have been provided education.

“We give education to Syrians of schoolgoing age in ministry-affiliated schools,” Yıldırım said.

Enrollment in elementary school is at 100 percent, 50 percent in middle schools, and around 22 percent in high school, he said.

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