Brussels airport hosts Syrian children photo exhibition
BRUSSELS - Anadolu Agency
A photo exhibition has opened at the airport in Brussels to introduce an educational program that benefitted more than 356,000 refugee children in Turkey.
“Education Our Future” displays stories of six Syrian children who benefitted from the Conditional Cash Transfer for Education (CCTE) program which aims to encourage enrolment and improve school attendance of children.
Turkish Red Crescent chair Kerem Kınık said at the opening ceremony of the exhibition on July 23 that children are one of the most vulnerable groups in times of crises.
“Therefore, it has become an essential responsibility for many national and international actors to carry out activities for affected children as a priority group,” he said.
Kınık said the CCTE program reached a total of 356,611 Syrian refugee children.
“I trust that this exhibition which takes place in Brussels airport, where thousands of people come through, will bring great opportunity to increase the awareness for the CCTE program implemented in Turkey and more importantly the future of refugee children which is our shared responsibility and future,” he added.
Reminding that nearly half of the refugees hosted in Turkey are children, European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides said education is the fundamental right for children.
“I would like to thank UNICEF and the Turkish Red Crescent for our excellent cooperation,” he said.
UNICEF’s Europe Director for Refugees Afshan Khan said every child has the right to learn, “including children who have been uprooted from their homes due to conflict.”
“The program has reached more than 356,000 refugee children, thanks to strong partnerships with the Government of Turkey, the generous financial support of the European Union and other partners, as well as the continuous hard work of partners like the Turkish Red Crescent,” Khan added.
Turkish Ambassador to the EU Faruk Kaymakçı said around 970,000 Syrian refugee children are at school age, with 63 percent having access to education.
“I consider today’s occasion as an opportunity to demonstrate our determination, as partners, to continue this program in a larger scale for the coming years,” he said.
UNICEF Representative in Turkey Philippe Duamelle was also present at the opening ceremony of the 30-photograph exhibition, which will be displayed on 10 digital platforms at Brussels Airport until August 7.