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