When war broke out in Syria in 2011, the Turkish government took a stance of neutrality and opened their borders. The Turks were under the impression that the Syrians fleeing would resolve their issues with their government in six months or less. They set up modern refugee camps near the borders and created a welcoming culture that regarded the Syrians as “guests.” With the conflict remaining unresolved in 2015, the Turkish government is now faced with thinking of long-term resolutions for their guests.
My team will be researching the education of Syrian refugees residing in Turkey. Our goal is learn about the current curriculum offered to the refugees and find ways to bridge the educational gap between the average Syrian and Turkish student. We also plan to provide ways that the Turkish institutions can benefit by recruiting Syrian students based on our research.
Ameer Muhammad discusses the student project which explores the roles of both schools and faith-based organizations in supporting caregivers in providing stability, education and encouraging the psychosocial wellbeing of young children within conflict environments.
Founded in 2011 and monitored by the KPMG, the Syrian Forum is a consortium of six organizations that addresses the immediate needs of Syrians in crisis while preparing for a future Syria. One of the six organizations is Bousla, which specializes in providing training and development programs for Syrian civil society associations. There educational track prepares teachers to provide an education in line with international standards of educational quality.
Al-Moumayazoon School teaches children in Gaziantep from kindergarten to secondary school. Their program integrates Syrians into Turkish society with lessons in three languages. It is a private school funded and sponsored by Syrians living in Gaziantep
GSU TURKEY STUDY ABROAD
This website is simply a classroom project that uses a conventional study abroad trip, student talent, and faculty expertise to fill an important information gap concerning Turkish politics and the Syrian crisis. Overseen by faculty mentors Dr. Abbas Barzegar and Dr. Rashid Naim of Georgia State University, advanced graduate students and undergraduates from various disciplines were placed in small working groups tasked with explore key subject areas. They did this by conducting research before their trip and interviewing experts. During their three-week trip they continued this process as they visited NGOs, think tanks, and cultural sites. Every day they documented their experiences through the content material that can be found on this site. See this brief article about the project for more information.